Who is Raymond T. DeArmond?
Raymond T. DeArmond, Sr. served as pastor in the Maryville, Tennessee,area before he went to the seminary. Later in the 1950s he served as a pastor in Knoxville. Upon his retirement in the 1970s he settled in Seymour and, until his death in 1988, served in 19 interim pastorates in East Tennessee.
What is his connection with missions?
As a young minister he volunteered for foreign missions but was not appointed due to the Depression; however, he believed there was much he could do at home to promote foreign missions. In every pastorate and interim pastorate he held, he was a strong advocate of missions giving. He consistently encouraged churches to increase their giving to both foreign and home missions. His heart was with missions.
What is the Student Missions Advisory Committee?
Upon his death in 1988, Raymond T. DeArmond’s family asked that memorial gifts be given to Carson-Newman College in his memory, specifically earmarked for missions. The Student Missions Advisory Committee (formally the DeArmond Missions Advisory Committee) was formed the following year to promote missions education and interest on campus.