Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes

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Aerial view of the early campus of Alabama Baptist Children’s Home in Evergreen, Alabama. Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama

The ministry of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries (ABCH) began in Evergreen, Alabama, in 1891. In 1923, ABCH relocated its main office to Troy and then in 1997 the administrative offices were moved to Birmingham. Today the ABCH has ministry locations throughout Alabama, including Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Mobile, Montgomery and Oxford.

ABCH exists to “protect, nurture and restore children and families through Christ-centered services.”

This mission is more than simply words; it can be seen through the lives ABCH has affected throughout the years.

According to a column in the Nov. 23, 2000, issue of The Alabama Baptist: 

The Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries was recognized during the Alabama Baptist State Convention for its quick response during a church crisis.

“On July 15 of this year, the life of Macedonia Baptist Church (in Coates, Bend) was literally turned into chaos,” said Macedonia Pastor Dave Roberts during the Children’s Homes report to convention messengers.

That day Charles Johnson, 40, and his wife Lisa, 38, were killed when a van they were riding in wrecked. They couple was serving as chaperones on a youth missions trip to Gulf Shores sponsored by the church. Several teenagers are also injured.

“During that time of crisis (the Children’s Homes) answered the call to ministry (by offering counseling support),” Roberts said, presenting plaques to both Paul Miller, executive director of the Children’s Homes, and Rod Marshall, director of counseling. “They brought health and healing to our church.”

Marshall said, “The opportunity to respond to Macedonia Baptist Church was a humbling experience. We were honored to bring reconciliation and healing to the saints of Macedonia.

“We have professional staff trained to respond to crises at the church and associational level,” Marshall said. “Give us the privilege of responding to you as well.”

Featured below are photos of the earliest days of ABCH.

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The response to the first Baptist Orphan’s Home opening in 1893 in Evergreen, Alabama, was overwhelming. Pictured above are some of the early pre-school residents.
Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama

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Children gather and play in the front yard of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home campus in Evergreen. Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama

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Young women learn how to sew at the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home. ABCH strives not only to provide for physical needs, but also teaches important skills and knowledge for the future. Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama

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Residents of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home perform daily chores that support the upkeep of the home. Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama

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Children living at the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home learn to milk cows. Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama

 

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Photo of some of the first workers and residents of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home. Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama

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