About Us

About Us

We invite you to Bible study and worship at Madison Avenue Baptist Church. You will receive Biblical teaching, enjoy great singing, hear challenging and relevant messages, and be a part of a warm and friendly fellowship. You will be blessed and we will be privileged when you attend MABC.

Madison Avenue Baptist Church is a great church that has rendered valuable service for the Lord in Blount County, Tennessee, and the World. She seeks to meet the needs of and minister to the whole person. Madison Avenue is a church with a great heritage. She is very active at the present and has an unlimited future.

Our church structure is staff led, team driven, deacon served, and church approved.

What We Believe

What We Believe

Our Purposes

The purposes of this Church are to proclaim to all people the good news that Jesus Christ is the way of salvation; to magnify God through the preaching and teaching of the Holy Bible; to promote individual and collective divine worship; to provide opportunities for training, service, fellowship, and Christian growth; to administer the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper; to care for the physical and spiritual needs of people and to strengthen and uphold the moral fiber of its members and society in general.

Statement of Faith

Our beliefs fall in line with the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. This is simply a document that outlines what we believe on a variety of issues as a Southern Baptist Church. We hold to no creed but what the Bible teaches, so the Baptist Faith and Message is dependent on Holy Scripture, not the other way around. Feel free to click the link below and read through our convictions on matters of faith and life.

Constitution and Bylaws



Meet Our Staff

Pastoral Staff

Dr. Ron Stewart, Interim Pastor

With his wife Becky, three young children and a comfortable secular career, God called Pastor Ron Stewart into the ministry in 1970. He enrolled in Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon graduating from Belmont, he enrolled in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he first earned a Master of Divinity and later a Doctor of Ministry. He served as Pastor of several churches, and recently retired from Grace Baptist Church in 2016. In February 2017, Pastor Ron joined Madison Avenue Baptist Church as the Interim Pastor.

Pastor Ron’s willingness to embrace change, relevant teaching and sound leadership have been key factors in Grace’s growth. “We need a theology of change in our churches to influence our world,” he explained. “Few churches handle change well — in fact, they resist it. Churches must be willing to change how they do church, or they will die.”

Pastor Ron enjoys sports and played basketball for Belmont University. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and spending time with family. He and Becky have four children and nine grandchildren.



Rev. Sam Wagner, Music Minister

Sam is a native of Bristol, Virginia and a 1975 graduate of John Battle High School. He holds a degree in Music Education from East Tennessee State University and a Masters of Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served the Siam Baptist Church in Elizabethton, Tennessee, the Unaka Avenue Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, the Arlington Heights Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the First Baptist Church in Mtn. City, Tennessee. Sam has been Minister of Music at Madison Avenue since October of 1989. He and his wife Kelly have three grown children: Sam, Jr., Rebekah, and Rachel.

Brother Sam enjoys golfing, hiking, auto restoration, and spending time with family and friends.


Administrative Staff

Shirley Henderson, Secretary

Shirley has been the secretary at MABC for many years. Among other responsibilities, she directs most of inquiries concerning our church.


Ann Frary, Financial Secretary

If you have any questions regarding the church's finances, budget, accounts payable/receivable, or forms, just email Ann.


Meghan Renninger, My School Director

Meghan serves as the director of our preschool program named My School. She works alongside several teachers to ensure the safety and efficiency of our ministry to children.