Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pastor Appreciation Month - Thank You!

It's Pastor Appreciation Month.  At my Church we had a fine turkey dinner with all the trimmings as we honored our Pastor and his Family.  

In my fifty-five years of life, I've bounced around to a lot of different Churches, and studied different religions, affiliations and so forth, searching for Truth.  I've been confused, disappointed and angry but I've learned a lot, found peace, and felt God's love as well.  

Today I'd like to honor a few Pastors... 
 men of God who have made a difference in my life.  

Recently I attended a Sunday service at a local Baptist Church where Pastor George Hattenfield preached.  I was reminded that day of the impact this man  had made on my life as a child.  I had given my heart to Jesus under his ministry, through the evangilist team of Hal Webb and Theron Babcock.    
Through Pastor Hattenfield's leadership, I became rooted.

Probably the most influential of Pastors I was blessed to have - was Pastor Dr. Richard Metrick.  He not only taught the Word of God so impeccably, but he set a strong and good example for his flock that was biblical and honoring to God.
Pastor Gene Cecil was there for me... for us (hubby and me) at a time when we were broken.  He called, showed up, put all else aside, and let us know that he was a phone call away.  He was always available.  A pastor and a friend.   A heart for people, a heart for God. 

Our currant pastor, Jerry Eisenhour, is on fire for God!  His sermons are alive and he doesn't care who he offends as long as he is preaching the Word of God.  If you see this man outside of church, you will never doubt that he is a man after God's heart.  He loves God, and loves people. 

I'm thankful that God led me to the different Churches where these men Pastored, and for the impact they had on my life. 

 I pray that each one knows that they are appreciated
 for their loyalty to God in being in His Ministry.  

The same way God speaks to Pastors and Ministers and leads them to other Churches, He leads us where we need to be in our walk with Him.  

Pastor George Hattenfield
 Pastor Dr. Richard Metrick
 Pastor Gene Cecil
 Pastor Jerry Eisenhour