Mrs Maxine's Pantry was started as a ministry that started in order to help the surrounding community with monthly groceries. We distribute once a month and serve hundreds of people. Named after Maxine Bearden, the Pantry is has the same heart, to reach those in need with food and other supplies but also reach them with the greatest need. The need for Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Maxine was a member of Ozark Baptist Church for 49 years. As a member, she had several passions. Her first was her love for missions. She taught GAs, WMU and Mission Friends. She was Associational WMU director for 15 years. She and Mr. Quincy went on many summer mission trips and were the first to organize and lead an associational mission trip. This mission endeavor has continued even after their deaths and has grown over the years.
Her second passion was her love for the Word of God and sharing it with those she loved. She dedicated herself and her study time to preparing for her beloved Sunday School Class. They were her joy and her closest friends.
Her third passion was serving people in times of sorrow and in times of joy. She directed many weddings and wedding receptions. She also developed and organized the ministry of “Bereavement Meals” for families in our church who had lost loved ones. She saw it as a ministry to comfort them with time to fellowship together over a meal prepared by their church family. It is through those meals that she became famous for Mrs. Maxine’s Rolls which she baked with love for every event. She loved to cook, especially if it was something she could share with someone to make their day brighter.
In her last prayers on earth, she prayed for the Ministry Center and its outreach to the lost and hurting in our community. She was so excited about the impact it could have in sharing God’s love. It is a tribute to her legacy of missions, ministry and love that the leadership of Ozark Baptist chose to name this center, Mrs. Maxine’s Pantry.