This week marks six years that we have been together! I’m talking about me and you, as church and pastor. I began my pastorate at West Canton the first week of August in 2013. It was such an incredibly busy week. We unloaded a moving truck on Monday and then I spent all day Wednesday with one of my deacons as he stepped into Heaven. My first sermon in my new pulpit as pastor was actually his funeral sermon. I hit the ground running, and it doesn’t feel like we’ve ever slowed down. In fact, I officiated twelve funerals that first year, and attended nineteen other funerals.
Some of the Highlights:
I am the twenty-sixth pastor of WCBC, and I am now tied for being the fourth longest tenured pastor in our church history! Wallace Britt served twelve years as pastor (1979-1991), C.H. Greene served eight years (1941-1949), Gene Akins served eight years (1970-1978), and Otto Parham served six years (1949-1955). Healthy churches do not turn over pastors every two to three years. Longevity in pastoral ministry is crucial. We are just now really getting to know each other!
The Lord has shown favor to our congregation over the last six years, and I am so very grateful! I remember that first Sunday in August, some of the ladies not being sure who was going to work in the nursery to keep my girls. It had been quite sometime since a nursery was needed. It had been quite sometime since children were a regular part of the congregation. Two weeks ago there were thirty children at WCBC!!
Yesterday, we had our regular finance committee meeting, and we gave praise over the fact that this committee has just completed it’s fourth year as a committee. That’s right, until 2015, it’s ninety-ninth year of existe