Senior Adults Abundantly Living Today (SAALT)
SAALT is a comprehensive ministry for older adults which supports all church ministries and programs of First Baptist Nashville.
Our older adult reservation hotline for all our events (615.664.6015) is an efficient way to make reservations or ask questions regarding an event or activity. When you call this number with your request or question, you will receive a confirmation response.
Having served as minister of pastoral care here since 1987, Dr. Rus Roach was named minister of senior adults in 2013. A stalwart mainstay and faithful minister here for more than 28 years, he was much-loved and is greatly missed.
SAALT members believe that the most important thing they do is Bible study. Our teachers are highly trained and experienced and are dedicated to teaching the truths of God’s Word creatively and accurately to bring about change in lives. Our Bible study classes also provide many opportunities for social and mission events for both members and prospects.
Interested in being involved in First Communities, our small group ministry? Groups are location-based, meaning you can experience the intimate learning, sharing and fellowship close to home, with people of diverse backgrounds and ages.
Led by Tom Clark with Pam Stockett (firstname.lastname@example.org) serving as staff liaison, the SAALT Council is the creative, energetic group that generates and leads activities for older adults.
The SAALT Ministry is active in pleasure trips both short and long, from cruises to day bus trips. Recent destinations have included trips to nearby locations like the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, TN, and Oak Ridge (the “Secret City”). Trips have also been organized to Alaska, Italy, and The Panama Canal.
Mission trips are planned yearly to out-of-town destinations like the Canadian Baptist Seminary in British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, the Kentucky Oneida School, and the Ducktown Mission in Ducktown, Tenn. Local mission opportunities have included the James Robertson Apartments, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Room in the Inn. A “mystery trip” local mission project is also an event that’s highly anticipated.
SAALT Luncheons and Banquets
On the third Monday of every month we meet at 10 a.m. for an informative and entertaining lunch. Called “3M”, these gatherings provide programs that focus on the total person, and sometimes include guests such as local TV and newspaper personalities, authors, musicians and civic leaders. Reservations are encouraged, so call 615.664.6015 as soon as you can! Cost is $5.
Throughout the year there are other large SAALT gatherings, including A Country Breakfast in the winter. These are great opportunities to bring friends and introduce them to SAALT and the church!
SAALT folks communicate very well via the Senior E-Pistle, which is distributed weekly to almost 400 email addresses. This electronic newsletter provides current news of the church on Wednesday mornings and is also available as a printed newsletter at the mid-week prayer service on Wednesday evening. Email Margi at email@example.com to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.
Our newest communication piece, the SAALT Shaker, is a beautiful, four-page, color monthly magazine edited by Rene Holt. It provides in-depth news and articles of interest to our older adults and is available the first Sunday of each month. To see issues online, visit firstbaptistnashville.org/news/saalt.