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CHARM Ministries

CHilhowee ARea Ministries is an evangelistic outreach of Chilhowee Baptist Association, in Blount County, TN

Our core beliefs are

  • There is one true and living God. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • God created the heavens and the earth. As creator, everything in the heavens and on earth are His.
  • God created man in His image, with a mind to understand Him when he communicates his message of unconditional love, with a heart to respond to Him in love, and with a will to make choices, both good and bad.
  • God’s creation was perfect. The first man and woman spoiled creation by choosing to believe Satan’s lie instead of God’s truth. Their disbelief was sin, an offense to God. Today, our disbelief is also sin. Because God is holy and righteous, He must  judge sin and require the sinner to pay the penalty – death.
  • Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He loves you so much that He left His place of glory and honor in heaven and came to earth as a man to pay sin’s penalty for all who will believe Him and turn to Him in faith.
  • Three days after His death, Jesus came back to life and returned to His place in Heaven beside God the Father. He has power over all things, even death. 
  • All who turn to God through faith in Christ are assured that God will forgive them and give them personal relationship with God and a place with him through all eternity.
  • All who believe and follow Christ are empowered to be witnesses of God’s love, power and salvation throughout the world.
This is the CHilhowee ARe Ministry Building in Townsend, TN. Sunday worship services are in this building during the winter. Sunday services are located in the campground throughout the spring and summer months.

Our History with CHARM Ministries

Dr. George Barnett was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother & friend to numerous people throughout the world. He worked diligently for the Lord as a pastor and missionary for 49 years, and he left a gospel legacy that continues to impact the world today. Brother George and his loving wife of 56 years Toni, realized as George graduated from Southern Seminary in 1974, that the Lord was calling them to help others develop a love of local, state, and international missions. As Brother George pastored churches in Georgia, he led each of them in numerous mission activities.

Brother George worked for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board for 25 years serving as Business Manager, Area Associational Missionary and Mission Resource Consultant. During this time, he served as Interim Pastor in numerous churches across northern Georgia. Dr. Barnett also taught for New Orleans Seminary at the Marietta, GA campus.

Over the 10 years that Brother George pastored Mountaintown Baptist Church (MTBC), he led the church to partner with CHARM (Chilhowee Area Ministries) to provide missions outreach through annual mission trips to Townsend, TN. In addition to annual mission trips, the church provided monthly financial contributions to CHARM which enabled them to pay for a building and provide community outreach activities including literacy classes.

Following is a statement from Steve and Sandra Monroe, Volunteer Coordinators of CHARM ministries in Townsend, TN: “Recently we were asked to share with the Mountaintown Baptist Church what their partnership with CHARM means to us. Steve and I have been volunteers with CHARM 9 ½ years. During that time, we do not know of a year that Mountaintown did not send a team to minister in Townsend whether it be for a long weekend or a week in Townsend.

It was a blessing to see the excitement and support that pastor George Barnett instilled in his people for missions. It was very important to him that the church be involved in missions. The eagerness to serve those that live, work, and play in Townsend was and is evident each year.

CHARM leased a building called the Backcountry in order to have a year-round ministry. We did not know how the financial part would happen but knew God was moving us to lease the building. MTBC stepped in and paid our lease those 3 ½ years and the year around ministry began out of the CHARM Backcountry building, The Mountaintown mission teams continued not only monetarily but continued to send teams for a week each May.

Pastor George and his wife Toni supported their team not by teaching and preaching but walking alongside their team each time they came. One year they came and worked the 4th of July Townsend Fireworks display. There they gave out water, balloons, bracelets, bibles, etc. all during a very hot evening.

In May 2020 CHARM Ministries had the opportunity to buy the CHARM Backcountry building. When we started leasing the building, we started a “building fund” to buy the building if ever given the offer. NEVER did we ask anyone for money for this. We can say that God laid it on his peoples’ hearts to give to that fund. What a blessing to know that we have had the support and could continue ministry without being bogged down by a payment for a building that God placed in our hands.

Mountaintown Baptist Church continued helping with our monthly payments to pay off the building. Because of the support of MTBC, we have had three adults receive their GED/HiSET diploma and have one lady preparing for the test. These individuals included:

(a) one male student in his 20’s now is a driver for a local ambulance service,

(b) one of the ladies in her 30’s has enrolled in a community college for the fall semester and

(c) the other lady in her 40’s has been drug free for the last four years and is preparing to work in a drug recovery program to help others. Each one of these students heard the gospel and was shown much love each week in class.

It is evident in the attitudes since they have received their diplomas. This is because of you! Without the Backcountry building we could not give away food, have classes, cook meals for the less fortunate. Because of you CHARM ministries is a large part of the community of Townsend. Is your partnership important to us? How can it not be! Your people have stepped forth and given.

They gave of their time and their money. God truly uses people to accomplish his ministry and he used Pastor George and Toni in a mighty way to show his people what Mission ministry is. We are so thankful for each of you who continues to support CHARM. We look forward to the days ahead to see what God has in store for CHARM and how Mountaintown can be a part of the ministry.”

God used Pastor George to expand the vision and mission of MTBC, and his impact will continue for generations to come. He helped the church to understand that the Great Commission is not an option clause, but it is a command from our living Lord Jesus Christ. By teaching each member how to be a Great Commission disciple, Brother George empowered us (MTBC) to fulfill Matt 28:18-20:

18 “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 [a]Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to [b]follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you [c]always, to the end of the age.”
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7)


As a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, we sponsor missions throughout the world.

At Mountaintown Baptist Church, we believe our part in REACHING people on the other side of the world is to support missionaries through prayer, finances, feeding centers and short term mission trips.

Church Planting

Millions living in North America have not been reached with the gospel. But a new church makes change possible in an unreached neighborhood.


The hope of the gospel is the thread that weaves through every ministry you undertake. Because every story, ultimately, points to the story of Jesus.

Compassion Ministry​

When you meet the needs of your community, bridges are built, and relationships are created. People see, hear and respond to the gospel because you are faithfully answering God’s call to love.


In some of the most emotionally intense and spiritually fraught circumstances, chaplains bring the light of Christ. We support military communities through focused church planting efforts.


We have missionaries at work across North America who crave your prayer. Find a city, church plant or campus to pray for.


Through your generosity, thousands of missionaries and chaplains share the gospel and bring compassion to hurting people in North America.


Whether across the street or across the continent, you can reach people with the hope of the gospel, and we can help.

Everyone is Welcome!

Come as you are. Dress comfortably. Perfection not required!


Bible study a 6:30 pm


Bible school at 9:45 am


Worship service at 11 am


Bible study a 6:00 pm

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