On Sunday, March 9, Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries celebrated God’s work with a baptism in a water feature dug into the snow of Ober Gatlinburg’s ski slopes! 

The group that meets for worship on the slopes at 12:30 on Sundays includes Ober Gatlinburg visitors and members of the National Ski Patrol and employees of the Gatlinburg Snow Sports School.   Bill Black leads this worship group with help from members of Gatlinburg First Baptist Church and Pigeon Forge First Baptist Church.   Two instructors from the Gatlinburg Snow Sports School professed their faith in Christ and requested baptism —in the snow at Ober Gatlinburg!

Ober Gatlinburg was hosting its Spring Fling on March 9.   Spring Fling activities include trying to ski or snowboard across a trench dug into the snow and filled with water and snow. Ober Gatlinburg’s owners gave permission for Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries to gather in worship before the mountain opened and celebrate the baptisms.   Thirty friends gathered to worship with Scripture readings, prayers, testimonies, and hymns.  The water was icy as Bill and his sisters in Christ waded in.  God’s joy and laughter joined everyone else’s as these baptisms were quickly done!

 Two other Ober Gatlinburg employees who participate in a second “Donut Devotional” group witnessed the baptism and also made professions of faith and have requested baptism.   Further, their witnesses into their families have led to two more decisions for Christ.  These baptisms are planned for slightly warmer weather and locations!