July 15 marked the official beginning of a new assignment for Dr. Sinclair Thorne.
The installation service for Thorne, the new moderator of the Tattnall Missionary Baptist Association, was held at his church, First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville. Thorne has served as the pastor of First Cavalry for 24 years and has been in the ministry for 27 years.
With an overflow crowd that consisted of people from many adjoining counties, the service was a joyous and sad event.
Thorne, who served as vice moderator for four years under the late Dr. L. Perry McNeal, has assumed full duties as leader of this body.
The association, headquartered in Hagan, is comprised of churches in Liberty, Long, Evans, Bryan and Tattnall counties.
Thorne’s vision for the association is Vision-Integrity-Structure-Accountability (VISA).
“My goal as moderator is to bring all churches together on one accord and keep the integrity of the Baptist doctrine. It is time for us to come together to do what God has called us to do,” he said.
Thorne also has held the position of dean and assistant coordinator and has served with the association for 27 years. He also is a published author. His book is “The Price of Pastoral Care and Dealing with the Vision for the Church.”
Thorne, a military retiree, is a long way from home. A native of Colon, Republic of Panama, he arrived in Hinesville as a noncommissioned officer assigned to Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield. He fell in love with the area and decided to stay.
Thorne and his wife, Dr. Deloise Thorne, live in Hinesville. They have four children: Deyanira, Sinclair Jr., Delisa and James.
The service’s speaker was Dr. Kenneth B. Martin, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Augusta. Martin is the East Regional vice president of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, which has more than 550,000 members.
He also has been president of the First District of the GMBC in Georgia for 15 years. As president of the First District — the second-largest of Georgia’s 12 districts — he oversees approximately 300 churches in 12 counties.
He also has served as president of the Liberty County United Ministerial Alliance.