FIRST LOVE ON MAIN
FIRST LOVE on MAIN is a ministry of First Baptist Church in Morristown offering free dental services to the lower income residents of our community. The clinic is located at 225 W. Main Street in downtown Morristown next to the New Hope Recovery Center. The ministry began as a vision of First Baptist Pastor, Dr. Dean Haun. He challenged the Church to give back to the community and to be the hands and feet of Jesus in expressing His love to the Morristown area.
Pastor Haun told his congregation, “Whenever the Bible says Jesus was “moved with compassion” He always responded in some physical tangible way. It was never just an emotional feeling of sorrow or empathy. If we are going to strive to be like Him we must give and we must serve. We have no other option.”
Pastor Haun then shared with the Church his vision about having a place where lives could be touched and transformed by the love of Christ outside the walls of the church. The First Baptist members took those words and that challenge literally. A family within the Church bought the downtown building the clinic is using and donated it to the Church for use as a ministry center. The dentists offer their time and talents to help those who can not afford dental insurance or dental services. The Church welcomes other dentists or hygienists who would like to volunteer as well. Numerous volunteers and groups have come to the center to do repairs and improvements.
“There have been so many volunteers who have given their time and abilities to this project,” Haun said. “We have had painters, plumbers, electricians, technicians, computer programmers, cleaners, landscapers, our Church youth group, groups from other churches…it has truly been amazing.”
In addition to dental services the new center will house the Christian Men and Women’s Job Corp assisting people in finding jobs and developing resumes and job skills. The center will also house the VITA (Volunteers In Tax Assistance) program for low income earners assisting with income tax forms and preparation. Legal Aid will also be using the building; letting the community know about the services they offer. The center hopes to add a Christian drug and alcohol recovery program in the future.
Boni Frazee has been named as the Director of the new downtown ministry center. The hours of the center will be subject to the schedule of the dentists.