Today marks forty-four years of ministry at Fairview for your pastor and his family. I came to Fairview after completion of seminary study at Tennessee Temple Schools in 1973.
It is with a great sense of appreciation and gratitude that I approach this day. First of all, I am grateful to my Savior for calling me into the ministry. To serve Christ is the supreme privilege. I believe any move from the express will of God would be a drastic step down. My ultimate goal is to hear, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" from the One Who saved me and called me into His service.
I wish to express my gratitude to that great host of people who have helped me and stood by me these many years. Many of those who have played a leading role in my life are present in the services today. My friends are my most valuable resource. Over forty-four years, you make a lot of mistakes. I particularly appreciate those who have looked past my faults and accepted my efforts as coming from a sincere heart.
I am grateful for this ministry. Our church, our camp, and our school have been my life. From the first days, there has always been more to do than we could get done. Every day has been filled and the years have seen the work flourish.
I am also grateful for our future opportunities. The greatest days for our church are before us. Let's dream together for God's blessings in the future. May our Lord give many souls for our labor. Thank you for forty-four wonderful years.