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Angel Bates, Director of Church Relations

Angel BatesAngel Bates has known from the age of eight that she would grow up to serve children in need. She graduated from Nova University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and taught underprivileged children in elementary school, as well as children with special needs, for 20 years. During that tenure, Angel served as a classroom and district resource teacher, helping others in the profession rise to their full potential. Angel was also the recipient of the Chappie James Most Promising Teacher Scholarship, acknowledged as Teacher of the Year and listed in the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” publication.

Angel also has a heart for teenage mothers and serves on the leadership team of the First Baptist Church at the Mall’s Teen MOPS program. It was the decision of allowing a sixteen year old mother who had an eighteen-month-old child to live with her family for ten weeks that the Lord used to bring her to the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes to successfully launch the Caring Families program in central Florida in August of 2012. Angel saw first-hand how being the hands and feet of Christ to others in need could radically change lives for eternity.

In Angel’s new role as director of Church Relations, she is able to do just that – and on an even broader scale. Angel is a mentor-minded leader who is responsible for enlisting and providing individualized and comprehensive services tailored to churches primarily in the Central and South Florida regions. Through speaking engagements and meeting with church staff, Angel utilizes her gifts and talents to help churches catch the vision of changing the life of ONE MORE CHILD both across the state and around the world through FBCH and Orphan’s Heart!

Angel and her husband, Andy, have been married for 25 years and have four children and one grandchild. The Bates’ family has been a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida for more than two decades.

To contact Angel Bates:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802 1015 Sikes Blvd.,
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone 863-687-8811