Dr. Rhonda Abbott Blevins returns to the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship from Loudon, Tennessee where she serves as Associate Pastor at the interdenominational Tellico Village Community Church. Before moving to Tennessee, Rhonda previously served KBF as Associate Coordinator for Missions from 2005-2007, during which time she launched (with much help from others!) KBF’s Extreme Build and Morocco Partnership. Prior to her time at KBF, Rhonda served as a Baptist campus minister at the University of Georgia.
In 2014, Rhonda completed her Doctor of Ministry degree from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, where she studied the effects of the spiritual practice of gratitude on personal well-being. She holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Tennessee Tech University. Rhonda is a trained clergy coach, presently practicing through Pinnacle Leadership Associates in Chapin, South Carolina. Additionally, Rhonda has enjoyed continuing education opportunities with the Community Development Academy, the Academy for Spiritual Formation, the Stephen Ministry Leader Training Course, and Clinical Pastoral Education.
Earlier this year, Dr. Blevins published Awaken: A Prayer Experience through Pinnacle Leadership Press. She was a featured speaker at the KBF Spring Gathering in Owensboro in 2013 and at A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant in 2012. She is the recipient of the 2012 Charles A. Trentham Homiletics Award. She was ordained to the ministry in 2005.
Rhonda met her husband, Terry, during her time in Kentucky. Married in 2005, their “prenuptial” agreement was that they would both cheer for Tennessee during football season and Kentucky during basketball season. It hasn’t worked out that way. Their oldest son, Jake, was born in 2007 in Louisville, and their youngest son, Rhys, entered the world in 2013. They have extended family in Louisville and Lexington.
As Rhonda contemplates returning to KBF as Coordinator, she is excited to increase the scope of her work to resourcing churches and clergy for greater work in the name of Christ while ever looking to expand our missional efforts. She has enjoyed watching KBF’s success these past eight years under the solid leadership of John Lepper and Josh Speight, and most recently appreciates the contributions of Kristin Belcher, Laura Barclay, and Chris Sanders. She looks forward to meeting and reacquainting herself with the people of the KBF and exploring what we might accomplish together. She states: “I am ready to get busy building community with the people and churches of KBF and beyond. We’ve only scratched the surface of what we can achieve as we work together for God’s kingdom come. I return to KBF with immense joy and tremendous energy, and I look forward to the weeks, months, and years to come as we partner together to accomplish God’s vision for us.”