Brittney Lofthouse – Staff Writer
Macon County Care Network (CareNet) announced last week that Tim Hogsed has been selected as the new executive director. CareNet provides food and services to those in need in the community. Founded by a family of Christian churches, CareNet is a service-oriented ministry which provides the staff, volunteers, donors and partners an opportunity to collectively grow and express their faith through serving neighbors and ministering to their spiritual, social, physical, and emotional needs.
Hogsed took over as the organization’s new executive director on March 12.
“I know what it is like to be working and trying to make ends meet. There were times when my wife and I were down to our last dollar and had bills to pay and a family to feed,” said Hogsed. “I was lucky to have family help us during these times. CareNet is that family to help during those times for our community. No one should ever feel like they have no where to go for help.”
Hogsed comes come from a grocery store background. Over the past 17 years, he has worked for Ingles in different roles in different stores. According to Hogsed, each position he held in that time prepared him for this new chapter in my life.
Hogsed was born and raised here in Franklin. After graduating high school, he went to seminary in Pensacola, Fla.
“After graduating seminary, I moved back to Franklin to work and seek what the Lord would have me do,” said Hogsed. “That is when I began working for Ingles. A year ago the Lord opened a door for me to be the youth pastor at Pine Grove Baptist Church. I am grateful for this opportunity to be a part of a great staff and awesome volunteers of this ministry.”
Hogsed believes his experience in youth ministry will also help as the new director of CareNet.
“My heart is youth ministry, I love working with the youth of our church and look forward to reaching out to more of the youth groups in the county and getting them involved in this service/ministry,” he said. ”I would like to get them volunteering here at CareNet and helping with fundraising. Our youth know firsthand what’s going on in the schools and community, they have great ideas if we will take the time to listen and ask them to help. We all have an opportunity to make a difference for the Kingdom of God right here in our own backyard.”
The CareNet Board of Directors is excited about the new leadership role and the experience he brings to the position.
“With much prayer on the decision of the new executive director, we are excited that Tim has joined the CareNet Ministry,” said Gwen Taylor, executive chair of CareNet. “Tim has shown us that ‘The whole body held together by every joint which is equipped, grows and builds itself up in Love as each part does its work, Ephesians 4:16.’ We look forward to Tim’s leadership in this ministry.”