Duty. Honor. Community.

God works in powerful ways and has perfect timing. Running The Ridge 2020 is just around the corner and one of our sponsors showed up early this year!  Our community outreach 5K event has committed a 3-year term to help provide for the family of our beloved pastor, Steve Roath, who lost his battle with cancer in November 2018.   Even during a Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s run is already proving to be a year of blessings to the Roath family.

Duty. Honor. Community.

Tiffany, Steve’s wife, is now the sole provider in her family, with her son, Payton, at Fannin County High School, and her daughter, Cassidy, attending law school in New Orleans. Tiffany has been working hard over the past couple of years to grow her business, The Learning Tree Academy Preschool. She recently decided to expand the school. This decision turned out be more difficult than she expected. The local fire marshal determined that to adhere to code, she would need to install a new safety system to open her doors—a price tag of more than $6,000.

This news was devastating to Tiffany. Because her school closed early in the spring due to this year’s pandemic, Tiffany feared this new wrinkle in her plans would delay, if not cancel her expansion. Through word of mouth, an organization from the Atlanta area, Chief Fire Protection Company, heard about Tiffany’s situation with the loss of pastor Steve, and agreed to come to Blue Ridge to tackle the project at a MUCH lower cost of $2800. On a Sunday afternoon, more than 10 employees volunteered their day and drove up from Atlanta. Not only did they install the safety system, but they also pressure washed and cleaned the preschool.

When Tiffany received the invoice, it was shown PAID IN FULL by the owner of Chief Fire Protection Company, George Nour. Without knowing Steve or Tiffany, this organization showed a true example of compassion and love and made an enormous impact in the community. Because of the kindness shown by complete strangers, Tiffany is now able to pay it forward by offering scholarships to children at her preschool for families that are truly in need of help.

This example of compassion and community is a perfect segue to the launch of Running The Ridge. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 3, starting at 8a. You can register on our website at https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/MineralBluff/RunningTheRidge from August 18 through September 24.

For more Information about this event, contact Gena Turner by email or by calling the church offices at 706-258-2330.

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”


– Gena Turner, Race Coordinator