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Dr. Roger D. Mardis
President, Friends of Nazareth
Dr. Roger D. Mardis
In a special meeting of the Board of Directors on January 4, 2018, the NEMA-FON Board unanimously and enthusiastically voted to welcome Dr. Roger D. Mardis as its incoming President.  This is a new position for Friends of Nazareth. 

Dr. Mardis' primary responsibilities will be partnership relationships, including, but not limited to, expanding FON's ability to reach deeper and further in its ministry with Nazareth Baptist School. He will help to expand the financial and numerical partnership base. Please join the Friends of Nazareth Board in welcoming Roger to our staff. 

Roger embraces the vision of NEMA-FON to help Nazareth Baptist School (NBS) enrich and enlarge its capacity for ministry. NBS ministers daily in the hometown of Jesus to  Build the Rising Generations - Glorify Jesus Christ through Distinctive Education.

Originally from Florence, AL, Roger is married to Michelle Stephens of Tuscumbia, AL. They have been married for thirty-three years and have four adult children. Andrew (Caitlin) live in Columbia, SC; Zach resides in Birmingham, AL; Stephen (Audrey-Anne) also live in Birmingham. Mae Beth is a recent graduate of the University of Mobile and continues to live in Mobile. 

Dr. Mardis has served over thirty years as a Senior Pastor with pastorates in Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. Most recently, as Founding Pastor of Agape Baptist Church, Scottsboro, AL. In addition to serving as a Pastor, he has served the Southern Baptist denomination at the local and State levels. Dr. Mardis obtained his MDiv and DMin from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. He has his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama. He is the author of three books:  The Expository Preaching and Teaching Ministry of Jerry Vines (2002);  Big Doors Swing on Small Hinges (2014): and  Sail On...Examining the Ships of the Bible (2016). 

Roger's mission experience is broad and his heart for the world is BIG, especially Nazareth. He has been involved in mission outreach on four continents and in eleven countries. He has been a part of over thirty mission encounters, five of these were in Israel and two were at Nazareth Baptist School with Friends of Nazareth. His mission's role has been, and will continue to be, sharing the Gospel through relational, intentional and pastoral ministries.

Roger is available to visit your church, be a part of your church's mission conference, or fill your church's pulpit to share the awesome news of NEMA-FON and the absolute truth of God's Word. He may be contacted at: or  256.599.6344.

Donna Chisam remains Executive Director of the ministry. Roger will report to her and the Board.

Photo Journal

Primary students present a Christmas pageant for the parents and community during the 2017 Christmas season.

Students help pack boxes of food and necessities for those in need. The gifts were delivered during the Christmas season. NBS put in action some of its Values which include helping give back to the community and those in need.

A group of students, teachers and administrators traveled to Greece after the Western Christmas holiday to help refugees. They served over 400 meals and share the Gospel through creative arts presentations.

Each year Baptists in Israel host a Youth/Spiritual Conference. Students from around Galilee attend. This year over 150 students were part of the retreat, a sizable increase in attendance from 2017. Many of the participants were students from NBS. here.

Prayer Requests
  • Pray for NBS and its Students as they return for the Spring 2018 Semester.
  • Pray for the Board as they move forward with owners of land. We pray that 2018 will be the year that a contract is finalized.
  • Pray for Friends of Nazareth as it prepares teams to minister at NBS. We have over 200 volunteers serving with FON in 2018!
  • Pray for safety, health and effective ministry for each team member.
  • Pray for the financial needs of Friends of Nazareth. We depend upon gifts from our friends to support sharing the Good News in Nazareth and Galilee.
We thank God for each of you and wish you a blessed New Year.
About Friends of Nazareth - 
A NEMA Corporation

Nazareth Educational Ministries Association (NEMA), Friends of Nazareth (FON), is an IRS approved 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. Allowable gifts  are tax deductible to US donors. No goods or services are provided in exchange for the gifts other than the joy of giving to a faith-based organization that supports Christian education in the Holy Land. Note: FON may a portion of its donations for administrative purposes.

Friends of Nazareth (NEMA-FON) is a faith-based ministry. It is totally dependent upon financial partners. 

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