Thanks To All Pastors That Make a Difference
4 Pastors That Have Made A Difference!
As I look over my life, I reflect on those who have contributed to my Spiritual Growth. My first pastor, Dr. Morgan Babb of the King Solomon Baptist Church (Babb Memorial Church) Nashville, Tennessee. He was the first to Baptized me. His singing has inspired many and he has given many wonderful sermons. I am grateful to him because I gave my life to Christ under his ministry. I can remember my aunt who is the same age as me, giving her life to Christ. I wanted to give my life to Christ but I was scared to go before the Church. One Sunday, while I was at church when he gave the invitation to Christ, God's Spirit took control of me, and supernaturally, I walked, it was more like God's Spirit got in my feet. I sat in one of the two chairs that was before the congregation, tears streamed down my face. And much to my surprise he didn't give me the microphone to speak about why, I wanted to give my life to Christ or my decision. I thank God for his discernment, how glad I was. I guest he could see my tears, and my tears spoke for me.
Pastor Carlos Jones, Progressive Sunrise M.B. Church, Nashville, Tennessee, I joined this church around the age of 18. I had the opportunity to do plays, serve as an usher, youth director, and preacher. I preached my first sermon there December 15, 1996. What I appreciate most about Pastor Jones is he received both male and female ministers. He didn't show favoritism toward one gender or one minister. He used all of us equally. Even, if we went to a church where he had to preach, that did not believe in female ministers, he would acknowledge us by name, from the pulpit. I remember when I didn't feel like I was ready to preach my first sermon, I didn't feel like I knew enough, He encourage me so. And because of his encouragement and training, I am the minister that I have become, now. His love and support, produce a seed in me to help other ministers. To help develop programs to help train ministers, etc.
Late, Pastor Nathan Simmons, Citadel of Hope Church, Atlanta, Georgia, I never officially joined, but I was an unofficial member, if that is a term. I would attend the night services and other Revival Services that I could attend. He was one who would flowed in the gifts of the Spirit. I enjoyed his preaching and his prophetic gifting. He also, would dance, dance, dance. He love to praise and worship God. He was a man of much pray and he will be greatly missed. I watched how God moved the church from a storefront to a bigger building. I would laugh sometimes at how late it would be when we got out of service. Sometimes the 7pm service would go to about 11 or 12 midnight. He came and ministered to a local church in Nashville, Tennessee, I believe the service started about 7:30p.m and I believe we got out about 2a.m. They had a choir that song, but that didn't make a difference, he song many songs by himself. And prophesied and prayed for many. Time was never an issue to him. People was his concern, no matter how long it took to do ministry.
Pastor Breonus Mitchell of the Greater Grace Temple Community Church. His style of preaching and teaching is the best. He has such an anointing of evangelism to reach the young people, especially those who have come from the streets, drugs, etc. When I first became a Chaplain with the Women's Prison, so many women where giving their life to Christ, because of his preaching, I had to go to the Deputy Warden to ask that we purchase some more Baptism Robes. The first church he pastored was Boyce Street, so while he was pastoring, Boyce Street, I would observed his preaching and it made me want to go further my education and seminary training. I went to Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center and had a wonderful experience, it has helped prepare me for the ministry of Chaplain. I even see his love for his flock during their love one's funerals, and how he ministers to them. I am grateful to him for his leadership and that he is my Father in the Ministry. And I pray, that God will continue to open many doors for his ministry.
To the four pastors that have made a difference in my life, thank you, because of you, I have become a better Christian, Mother, Woman, and Chaplain, and hopefully, I too, have made a difference in someones life, like you have in mine.