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My salvation experience is in August 1959, there was a revival at the church my family attended. I knew I needed to be saved, but I resisted. My parents continued to push and I went with them. During the invitation, an old deacon came and put his hand on my shoulder and said, “boy, you need to go to the altar.” I was a bit afraid of him, so I went. The experience I had was difficult to describe. It felt like the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders. Now, more than 62 years later, that feeling of freedom remains!

On June 2, 1962, I married my high school sweetheart, and this year we will celebrate 60 years of marriage. We have three adult children and eleven grandchildren. Two of our grandchildren are married and two others are engaged to be married early in 2023. In 2021 we were blessed with our first great-granddaughter.

We joined Concord on January 6, 2006, and have completed 16 years. We love the fellowship of the Concord congregation and appreciate the opportunities to serve.

What interests me in this role is the many opportunities to serve others and the joy it brings to them.

An important Bible verse I love is the last part of Joshua 24:15,

 “…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

As a deacon, we have no authority, but our role is to be a servant to the church and its’ people! I love to serve. I was ordained as a deacon on October 5, 1967, almost 55 years ago, and I have served as a deacon in three churches.