160808tholcombTim was a long-time supporter of BACE and her mission to undergird and support the work of Christian education. Tim was a native of Texas and served on church staffs in Texas, Missouri, Georgia, and Mississippi before joining the staff of the Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources ) in 1983. He later joined the Tennessee Baptist Convention staff as Christian Growth Development Group leader and leadership specialist where he served for 13 years until his retirement in 2009.

After retirement he served part-time on the discipleship staff of Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood as adult minister — mentor relationships. Those who know him best remember Tim as a great leader and a great team builder. He was a lifelong student, always reading and studying. He was kind. He was the ultimate encourager. He was a life coach and a great teacher. He had a winsome personality and he never met a stranger!

After a long battle with cancer, Tim passed away in August of 2016. One of Tim’s greatest concerns was that BACE would continue to thrive and be positioned well for the next generation of Christian education leaders.

It is with great honor that BACE begins the tradition of awarding leaders the Tim Holcomb Lifetime Achievement Award for their lifelong investment in the work of Christian education. Each recipient will receive both lifetime membership in BACE and lifetime complimentary conference registration.

2018 Recipient


Bob has been and is continuing to be an advocate, not only for Christian educators, but for the work they do to equip the church to make disciples. Through his work in two state conventions and on church staff, Bob has had the opportunity to help equip numerous church leaders. Bob continues to be a forward thinker while being an advocate for proven principles of the past. The development and success of the Reconnect Sunday School training site (reconnects.com), Bob’s personal site (babmayfield.com), and the new BETA Collective for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma serve as examples of Bob’s passion for continuing to define the work of Christian education for a new generation of leaders.