The expansion of the ministry of Baptist Village continued into the 1990s. During this decade independent living facilities known as The Villas were built on the Waycross campus as well as an Assisted Living building known as Village Lake Suites. In 1996 Baptist Village Retirement Communities acquired an assisted living facility in Lake Park, Georgia. In 1999 independent living facilities named The Plantation Villas were constructed in Macon.
The dawning of a new millennium, 2000, saw the addition of the Village Lake Pavilion on the Waycross campus. Plantation Suites, an assisted living facility, was constructed in Macon and opened in 2001. In 2002 a new health center replaced the existing health center on the Waycross campus and was named for Mr. J. Olan Jones, the President and CEO of Baptist Village Retirement Communities, in honor of his thirty-six years of service to Baptist Village.
In October of 2003 the Trustees unanimously elected Mr. Delos L. Sharpton, Executive Vice-President of Baptist Village, to become the next President/CEO of Baptist Village. He was elected to serve a transition period until the retirement of J. Olan Jones on December 31, 2004. Mr. Sharpton assumed the President/CEO position January 1, 2005 and served Baptist Village in that capacity until January 2020.
During Mr. Sharpton’s fifteen years of leadership Baptist Village rose from its most challenging financial and healthcare industry challenges to its strongest position in the six-decade history of the ministry/business. From 2005 through 2019, Baptist Village was awarded more than $1 million in grants and instituted strong fiduciary strategies that enabled the organization to become an exemplary leader in stewardship responsibility. During those same years, Baptist Village continued to carry on the vision of “Serving God by Providing Excellence in Retirement Living.”
Dr. J. Eric Mathison was named Vice President of Administration & Advancement in July of 2015 and was later named Executive Vice President. In October 2019, upon the announcement of Mr. Sharpton’s planned retirement, the Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Mathison to be the next President/CEO of Baptist Village. Mr. Sharpton retired on January 3, 2020, and Dr. Mathison assumed the position of President/CEO.