In just more than a month from now, high school seniors will take that final walk across the stage to receive their high school diplomas and celebrate the next step in their lives.
Prior to that, however, all seniors in Sullivan County will have the chance to gather, to reflect and to celebrate the role faith and spirituality has played — and will continue to play — in their lives.
The 2013 Sullivan County Baccalaureate service will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 26, at Higher Ground Baptist Church. The event is open to the public. No tickets are required.
Seniors from throughout Sullivan County, including Kingsport City and Sullivan County public schools, private schools and home schools, are invited to participate.
The featured speaker for the event is Pam Tebow, the mother of renowned football star Tim Tebow.
As the daughter of an Army colonel, Pam lived throughout the world until she was 17 and entered college at the University of Florida. While in college, Pam met Bob Tebow. They married upon graduation in 1971.
Pam graduated with honors from the College of Journalism and Communications at Florida.
The Tebows have five children, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren. Each of the children and their spouses are active in various ministries.
The Tebows lived for a number of years as missionaries in the Philippines, and Bob continues to have an ongoing ministry, the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, there.
Through the ministry, more than a million people a year are professing their faith in Jesus Christ. Bob and Pam also run an orphanage in the Philippines, which has been home to scores of orphans since 1992.
Pam is very involved in her husband’s ministry and coordinates numerous projects and personnel.
The fame of the Tebow family increased dramatically when Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy following his sophomore football season with the Florida Gators.
Pam speaks to women’s groups, for nonprofit fund-raisers and at various events across the country throughout the year. She is currently writing a book on parenting.
The Sullivan County Baccalaureate service has always been and continues to be a community effort. Students and parent volunteers from throughout Sullivan County help plan the event each year.
The general public is invited to join local seniors and their friends and family members for the event.