When Todd Gaddis is pounding the macadam, he’s outside the four walls of First Baptist Church of LaFayette, where he is senior pastor. And he says that’s exactly where outreach takes places.
“I believe mission work should start in the shadow of the steeple,” he said, “and this is a way to let people know we care.”
On April 15, Gaddis will run in the Chickamauga Chase, a 15K race at Chickamauga Battlefield. With sponsorships per kilometer, he’ll turn over the proceeds he collects to Kids 4 Christ, a LaFayette nondenominational ministry that meets the physical and spiritual needs of underprivileged children in the North Georgia town.
He did a similar thing in last fall’s Dalton Half Marathon, raising $3,500 for The Care Mission, a LaFayette-based ministry which distributes food, clothing and household goods to needy families in the community.
“Hopefully,” Gaddis said, “it will prompt others to give and get involved in other ways as well.”
Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...