Spreading God's Word


Lincoln Ave was established in 1921 from a Sunday School class that met at a nearby school. The group was comprised of members of several area churches who saw a need for another Baptist Church in the "town area" of Newport. The church would first be known as Second Baptist Church.

Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at Lincoln Ave Baptist Church have all been ministering together for several years. We look forward to continuing to serve the kingdom as long as the Lord permits. Please feel free to contact any of us.

  • Randy Runions  -  Senior Pastor  

    Brother Randy became our Pastor in May 2014.  He has been married to Lori for 17 years and they have three children Dylan, Isaiah, and Sophia.  Before becoming our Sr. Pastor he had served in Youth Ministry, Associate Pastor, and Pastor of Evangelism for 15 years. 

    Here is a word from our Pastor: It is an honor to stand in the pulpit at LABC and lead our people each week.  Lori and I are overwhelmed with God’s goodness that He has entrusted us with this opportunity to serve the Newport community through LABC.  We have a very clear vision and goal at LABC.  It is our desire to glorify Christ through worship.  We are committed to supporting the SBC missions as well as supporting our community’s local needs. 

    At LABC we have adopted a familiar phrase among the SBC when it comes to missions.  We will either “SEND or GO”!  We currently have a partnership with our local authorities and teach the Bible every week in the local jail.  We also have a partnership with Dr. Joel Carpenter a former LABC member who lives in Tanzania.  We continue to work with him to build and plant Churches to the Swahili people.  Currently we are exploring expanding our global mission’s footprint by sending a team to the Cincinnati– Dayton Ohio area as well as a team to Ecuador.

    Finally I would like to share with you how blessed I am to work with this Church Staff.  All five of us share the same heart for God’s glory!  We love working together and ministering to this community.  We also would love to have the opportunity to meet you!

  • Edwin Franks - Executive/Education

    Bro. Edwin joined the Lincoln Ave in August of 2007. Bro Edwin has been married to Gretchen for 17 years and they have three children; Ty, Ali, and Lucy. Bro Edwin has served as Youth Minister, Children's Minister, Education Minister, and Executive Pastor over the last 22 Years. 

    Bro. Edwin has a heart for teaching and enjoys teaching Children Church on Sunday Mornings, Coed Sunday School each Sunday, and Adult Bible Study on Wednesday nights.

  • Jesse Ramsey - Minister of Worship

    Bro. Jesse grew up in the youth group here at LABC. He joined the ministry team in 2008 as an intern, which later turned into an interim position in 2011, and in 2013 he became the Minister of Worship. 

  • Mark Robertson - Minister to Students

    Bro. Mark grew up in Newport and even attended Lincoln Avenue in his high school years. He left for South Carolina, after graduating from Cocke County High School, to attend North Greenville University. During his time at North Greenville University he earned his Bachelors in Education before returning home. While in school he met his beautiful wife, Courtney. They have been married since November of 2011. Mark & Courntney have two sweet child, Timothy and Elizabeth. Bro. Mark is bivocational and work at Greeneville High School as the Technology Leader.

  • Heath Chambers - Teaching Pastor

    Bro. Heath grew up in the LABC youth group. He attended Columbia International University where he studied Bible and Youth Ministry. Heath joined the ministry staff in the fall of 2014. Heath is bivocational and teaches 8th grade Math at a local Middle School. 

Our Beliefs

You become a Southern Baptist by uniting with a Southern Baptist church, one in friendly cooperation with the general Southern Baptist enterprise of reaching the world for Christ. Typically church membership is a matter of receiving Jesus as your Savior and Lord and experiencing believer's baptism by immersion.

Southern Baptists have prepared a statement of generally held convictions called The Baptist Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding who they are. Copies are available at Southern Baptist churches. The topics here provide only a brief, partial summary. The full text on the issue discussed is also available at http://www.sbc.net/aboutus/basicbeliefs.asp.