Blackwater Baptist Association says goodbye and hello

Published 2:18 pm Saturday, August 20, 2016

As one portal closes, another one is opened, to paraphrase a popular expression. Such is the case for Nancy Greene and the Rev. Nancy Moore, the latter of whom recently succeeded the former as administrator of the Blackwater Baptist Association.

Nancy Greene

“I was there for 18 years and did missions and ministries with the Baptist church in Isle of Wight, Franklin, Southampton, Surry and Suffolk,” she said.

Working part-time as church secretary for Holland Baptist Church in Suffolk, Greene learned of the opening for the BBA post. She applied and got that position in 1998.

“I have retired because my husband, Robert Jr., and I want to travel,” she said, adding that they have a new grandson who was born a few months to one of their sons, Daniel Greene. He is serving the U.S. Air Force while stationed in Japan. His brother Derek and his wife in Suffolk have two granddaughters.

She leaves the post with numerous memories.

When Hurricane Floyd struck in 1999, Nancy Greene said, the BBA helped 109 families get permanent housing. The organization partnered with the Virginia Baptist Association to set up a shower trailer.

One hundred people stepped up to feed people and manage the bathing facility, which is now being used in West Virginia.

She’s also been involved in lots of senior and youth activities for the past several years.

“All those years … all those great people and the churches,” said Nancy Greene. “Everybody just kind of stays connected through the ministries they do together.”

In addition to remaining at Holland Baptist, she’s still on the disaster relief team of the BBA.

Nancy Moore

“I’ve been in the area for so long,” said the Rev. Nancy Moore. A resident of Ivor, she’s already been a part of the BBA for 32 years.

As an ordained pastor, she served as an associate pastor in Williamsburg for almost four years.

“When I came back, Nancy and the association put out the word that she was planning to retire.

“They contacted me to see if I would be interested. They knew I was looking for a position and would I be interested in this.

“Here I am!”

Nancy Moore has also served as an associate pastor, and been involved with pastoral care. She’s working on a doctoral program through Campbell University in Buie’s Creek, North Carolina.

As for the new work so far, there are no complaints.

“It’s been pretty smooth going,” she said.

To learn more about the organization, visit www.blackwaterbaptistassociation.