CORBIN — When you are set to think back 30 years, it can be a task not easily prepared for but exciting never the less. We motivators and encouragers like to use stories, people and situations to help move us forward and to find continued thanks for the journey traveled.
This weekend I celebrate 30 years of Ministry. It is amazing how something can feel like both yesterday and such a long time ago too. I am having quite a few smiles and laughs as I think back to that September in 1982 when the First Baptist Church in Pineville, Kentucky, provided me with ministerial credentials.
I was nervous about the process which included questions about beliefs, Theology and even application of scripture. Deacon Ike Wilson was the Church Clerk, and I remember his signing my certificate as if it was yesterday. He and his wife were always so very kind to me and such encouragers.
Dr. Dudley Pomeroy was a man of many hats. A full bird Colonel as a Chaplain in the United States Army and US Reserves, a professor at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and most special a friend of mine.
He was only upset with me once. He was a big supporter and loved Georgetown College and when I shared I was going to Cumberland College in Williamsburg, he wasn’t happy with me at all. At the time I told him I wanted to be an Indian (Cumberland’s Mascot) and not a Tiger. Looking back now that doesn’t matter except for historical reference as Cumberland has changed both its name and mascot.
As I look back at 30 years, I think of all the places of spiritual influence I have learned from and had the privilege to serve. I looked at my list of cities and churches and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve them and you.