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Ellie Holcomb concert at First Baptist Church to benefit Volunteer Ministry Center, Compassion Coalition

Ellie Holcomb, a popular Christian singer-songwriter, writes and sings songs that are born from the lives of those she meets on the road, at Young Life camps and in her family’s community in Nashville.

Holcomb spreads encouragement and scripture through her song, and all of Knoxville can experience her music on Sunday, Jan 11, 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m.

“We are so excited to bring Ellie back to Knoxville, where she and her husband, Drew, attended college,” said Dr. Tom Ogburn, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Knoxville. “This is a great opportunity to experience one of the leaders in Christian music and help two community ministries who make a difference in Knoxvillian’s lives every day.”

Tickets will be $5, and proceeds will benefit the Volunteer Ministry Center and the Compassion Coalition. Both faith-based agencies work to serve a broad spectrum of Knoxville. The Volunteer Ministry Center focuses on the homeless and those who are in crisis. The Compassion Coalition educates more than 200 churches about the needs of our community’s hurting, poor and marginalized.

“We at the Volunteer Ministry Center could not do what we do without support like this benefit concert from First Baptist Church of Knoxville and Ellie Holcomb,” said Beth Ogburn, Volunteer Ministry Center CEO. “We are so grateful for their support and hope the community enjoys the music Ellie brings to the sanctuary.”

Grant Standefer, executive director of Compassion Coalition, echoed Beth Ogburn’s thoughts.

“Support from our community and the churches that serve here is crucial to our success,” he said.

Situated at 510 W. Main Street between the City-County Building and the Bank of America, First Baptist Church of Knoxville offers a place of grace in a fallen world. It has been ministering to the Knoxville community since 1843. The church hosts weekly worship services at 8:42 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings and 6 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Many other activities and programs are offered throughout the week. First Baptist is passionate about urban ministry and caring for the community in a meaningful way. Together, the staff and congregation are writing a future that will unite community members from all walks of life to love God and each other unlike ever before. For more information, visit or call the church office at (865) 546-9661.

Compassion Coalition is a faith-based nonprofit consisting of over 200 churches in Knox County committed to moving beyond the walls of our church buildings to love and serve the hurting, poor and marginalized in our community. The ministry accomplishes this by informing our churches about community needs as well as resources, by conducting extensive training to equip our partners in mercy ministry, and by connecting churches across denominational lines to serve others in a spirit of unity. The mission of Compassion Coalition is to inform, equip, and connect churches to transform lives and communities through the love of Christ.

The Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) was established in 1987 and offers specialized services to the homeless and those within our community who are in crisis. VMC’s programs support its two-fold mission of facilitating permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and providing services to prevent homelessness. VMC operates four main programs: The VMC Resource Center, The Bush Family Refuge, Minvilla Manor, and The VMC Dental Clinic. Additional information on VMC programs can be found at

Published January 10, 2015

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