CLAY COUNTY-The Rock Springs church of Christ recently announced the employment of brother Jim Blankenship of Cookeville, Tennessee as their new minister.
Brother Blankenship was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Sidney and Ruth Perry Blankenship. For 47 years he has been married to Nancy Flatt Blankenship, the daughter of the late J.D. and Elizabeth Dudney Flatt of Gainesboro and Cookeville.
Blankenship received his education at the West Newton Elementary school in Indianapolis; North Springs elementary school in Jackson County, Tennessee; Jackson County Central High School in Gainesboro, Tennessee in 1965; Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee; Chattahoochee Valley State Community College in Phenix City, Alabama with an Associates Degree in business 1981; Alabama Christian School of Religion in Montgomery, Alabama in 1987 with a B.S. in Bible (cum laude); Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, Georgia in 1990 with a Master of Ministry degree in Christian counseling and the Theological University of America in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2002 with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical studies.
Blankenship began his ministerial career at North Springs at the age of 16 and has done local work in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia for the past 50 years. His evangelistic work has taken him to Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and many places in Tennessee. He is best known in the Clay County area for his work as administrator at the Happy Haven Children’s Home in Cookeville from 2004-2009. He also works part-time at Kroger in Cookeville as a greeter.
The Rock Springs church has services on Sunday for Bible Study at 9:00 a.m.; worship at 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Bible study on Wednesdays at 6:00.