Our Community Network

Brookland baptist church believes in empowering our  community.  This page is to highlight community events and activities that take place in our community and surrounding areas.     

*Brookland Baptist Church does not endorse or sponsor any of the content that is posted.

Nancy K. Perry 

Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter has served children who have faced abuse and neglect in Lexington and around the state for 50 years. Our vision and mission to help these children are made possible by churches and church bodies like yours. We strive to create a loving family-style environment for our children by hiring individuals who have hearts for children. The Shelter requests referrals of individuals (or couples) in your church or community that would like to work at  Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter and be a disciple and mentor for children going through the process of healing. 

Below is a job description for the Mentor positions. We seek local individuals (or couples) for this position who seek a rewarding and fulfilling purpose in mentoring children. Please see the below job description, and if you have any questions, please let me know. Please pass this along to those who may be interested.



GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter's staffing model provides a loving, safe, therapeutic, and family-style environment that encourages each resident to grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Within a structured home environment, Lead Mentors ensure a holistic approach to nurturing each child.

POPULATION: Middle and High School-Aged Children


7 Days on 7 Days off:

  • $28,000 - $32,000 annually

Part-Time or As Needed Mentors:

  • Weekdays 3 pm-9 pm and daytime weekend shifts available

BENEFITS: Excellent benefits package for the 7 Days on 7 Days off position: Major medical, dental, and vision, Life insurance and voluntary life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, with company match up to 5 percent, Access to 2 mini-vans (while on shift)

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED, plus at least 3 years experience working with children or teens in any capacity. At least twenty-five years of age. Must pass a background check. Able to become First Aid and CPR qualified.


  • Model upstanding morals, ethics, attitudes, and conduct.
  • Provide unconditional love, acceptance, respect, trust, honesty, and procedural justice in the treatment for each child.
  • Available to the child for mentoring at all times and coordinate guidance with the Treatment Plans of NKPCS.
  • Demonstrate correction and guidance in following the policy/procedures and behavioral program of NKPCS.
  • Complete the required documentation for each child, including progress notes, critical incidents, weekly updates, etc.
  • Participate in the activities of each child: school, sports, music, etc.
  • Work closely with NKPCS Child Care staff on any significant experiences, attitudes, or emotional challenges of the child.
  • Provide formal and informal opportunities for play and recreational time.
  • Plan and serve meals and provide for the house to eat together.
  • Teach the child the Independent Living Skills appropriate for his/her age.
  • Ensure compliance with medications management

Two Orangeburg Natives Among SCSU 2020 Hall of Fame Class


ORANGEBURG, SC – Two Orangeburg natives will be among eight individuals and one team inducted into the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame set for Oct.1 in a 7 p.m. at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

Tickets for the event, which will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception, are $50 each and $400 for a table of eight (8). Congratulatory ads are also available, from a full page ($150) to a half page ($75) to a quarter page ($50) to a business card ($25). Please call 803-536-8579 or 803-536-8303 for Ticket Information.

Dana Lewis, currently a practicing chiropractic, excelled in track and field at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High before earning multiple All-MEAC honors during an outstanding career as a high jumper at SC State (1997-2000), and Thomas “Jackie” Kennerly, who garnered All-SIAC honors as a wide receiver at SC State following a solid career at then-Wilkinson High, will be among the group honored during a special Enshrinement Ceremony that was originally set for September of 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joining Lewis and Kennerly in the 2020 Class will be Benjamin “Bennie” Blocker (Football 1965-1967), Erone Edmonds (Football 1973-1977), Bennie McMurray (Baseball 1967-1971), Micheal Summers (Football 1984-1988), Tony Maurice Thomas (Swimming 1970-1974), Tyrone Williams, posthumous (Basketball 1967-1971), and the 2010 Volleyball Team (MEAC Champion/NCAA Participant)

After excelling at Orangeburg-Wilkinson and leading the Bruinettes to two Class 4A State Track & Field Championships, Lewis had an enviable career at SC State, earning MEAC indoor champion honors in the high jump for four years (1997-2000) and outdoor champion accolades in the event three years (1997-1999). In addition, she was MEAC runner-up in the high jump in 2000. She was also SCSU’s most valuable field performer twice during her career, most consistent (1998-1999) once, outstanding female freshman (1996-1997) and MEAC All-Academic.

Currently residing in Rhode Island, Lewis earned a bachelor's degree in Biology at SC State University in 2000 and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2005. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Kennerly earned four letters in football as a wide receiver for the Bulldogs from 1964-1968 and was All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) in 1966. He also participated in track and field, garnering All-SIAC honors in as a senior. Kennerly earned a bachelor’s in sociology at SC State in 1968 and a master’s in guidance and counseling from the institution in 1974.

He signed a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968, but never got a chance to play in the NFL, as he was drafted into the military just before the beginning of the season. After a four-year active duty tour, he returned to Orangeburg and later served as an assistant football coach at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, winning a state championship in 1972.

He later resumed his military service in the US Army Reserve, spending 29 more years in service to his country, obtaining the rank of Battalion Sergeant Major and Brigade Sergeant Major.

A retired SC Vocational Rehab employee, Kennerly and his family currently reside in Columbia, SC where he is actively involved in community and civic groups, including the NAACP, Calvary Baptist Church and the Greater Columbia Chapter of South Carolina State University National Alumni Association.

Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners, through our grant funding with AmeriCorps, has positions available.  I share with you in hopes that you might share via announcement, job board, Lake View Empowerment Center, etc.  We have part-time and full-time positions available.  AmeriCorps members working full-time with Healthy Learners earn a stipend of $16,000 a year while part-time members earn   $7,500 a year.  Members also receive a monthly health insurance stipend and can earn approximately $6195 in education awards as a full-time member and $3,097.50 as a part-time member.  The education award can be utilized by the member, their child or grandchild once the commitment hours are met.

Below is the link to the position description and application on our website.

If anyone is interested or has questions, Tennia Walker is the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator and can be contacted directly at   or 803.605.0484.

Healthy Learners AmeriCorps Student Service Coordinator - Sisters of Charity Health System (healthcaresource.com)