Baptist Health System Gifts Birmingham Association New Building and $350,000

Amy S. Allen (left), BHS president and CEO, and Chris Crain, BMBA executive director, stand outside the building that BHS voted Dec. 7 to gift to BMBA for its new offices. (Photo by Grace Thornton)
Amy S. Allen (left), BHS president and CEO, and Chris Crain, BMBA executive director, stand outside the building that BHS voted Dec. 7 to gift to BMBA for its new offices. (Photo by Grace Thornton)

Birmingham Metro Baptist Association will soon own a much larger facility than the office it is currently leasing, thanks to a gift from Baptist Health System.

The 16,000-square-foot building — located next door to BMBA’s current office on Montclair Road, directly across Medical Park Drive NE — will offer the association space for larger meetings and new ministry partners, said Chris Crain, BMBA executive director.

The BHS board voted to approve the gift Dec. 7, along with $350,000 to put toward building improvements.

“The BMBA is in a new season,” Crain said.

In November, the association formerly known as Birmingham Baptist Association entered into a new partnership with Bessemer Baptist Association and became BMBA, a new association with a new vision and new governing documents.

“Now we have this opportunity to move into a new facility,” Crain said, adding that the association hasn’t owned its own building since 2004, when it started leasing its current building from BHS.

For the past several years, that lease has been $1 per year, he said. “It has already been a tremendous blessing to be in partnership with Baptist Health.”

That partnership has been a long one. BMBA created BHS in 1922 with the purchase of what is known today as Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham. The association approves all of the members of the BHS board of trustees and has three members on the board.

Amy S. Allen, BHS president and CEO, says BHS and BMBA have “maintained a partnership and close relationship throughout the years.”

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Source: The Alabama Baptist