Mrs. Agnes Mackey (at left), a person uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit in children's work, had been serving with Children's Bible Missions for over 30 years. During that time, she was the Theme Time speaker each year at the CBM camp held at Indian Springs in Jackson, Georgia. After her mandatory retirement at age 69, she felt she still had many good years left in service to the Lord.

This belief led Mrs. Mackey, along with Rev. Bill Carpenter to form Neighborhood Gospel Missions in June 1971. In November of 1971, NGM re-entered the public schools in Georgia, and continued another eight years until it became legally impossible to continue that aspect of ministry. Mrs. Mackey had another 20 years of active children's ministry until her homegoing in 1991.