In 2003, First Baptist Church purchased the old Goodman’s Motel in downtown Booneville, Kentucky to house the Emma Quire Mission Center. The building has been completely renovated for the purpose of housing mission teams from around the country coming to Owsley County for a variety of reasons (Vacation Bible Schools, construction projects, food/clothing distribution, etc.). The Emma Quire Mission Center also houses the Owsley County Food Place, which distributes USDA-approved food items to families in need.
First Baptist Church named the facility after Mrs. Emma Quire of Frankfort. Mrs. Quire’s name is synonymous with Kentucky Baptist mission work. A long-time member of First Baptist Church, Mrs. Quire had a heart and passion to serve the poor with compassion and the love of Jesus.
The overall philosophy of First Baptist Church’s ministry in Owsley County is to change the community from the inside out. We do not wish to dictate “how we do it in Frankfort” and import our style of leadership to Owsley County. Rather, we are seeking to identify leaders within the community and aid them in improving the economic and educational landscape of their county, based on what they perceive to be the most pressing needs.
In the winter of 2016 the Mission Center was renovated with new bathrooms, floors, linens, and various other improvements to enhance the stay of those coming to serve the citizens of Owsley County in the name of Christ.