Sunday, June 11, 2017 – Yes, I’ve never been a member of a church that called a new pastor. The church I grew up in, Lakeview Baptist Church in New Orleans had its pastor, Rev. J. Richard Randels, before we joined. The church we joined in Hammond, Trinity, had just called Dr. Randy Davis when we joined. So this was a first for me and I’m sure happy about how it all turned out!
The process that a Southern Baptist church goes through to call its own pastors is unique and I will be writing about that in a future blog post. A lot of denominations have their pastors chosen for them. We do not do that. Through God’s guidance and much prayer following God’s will, and a huge amount of work by a Pastor Search Committee, we call our own pastor to our local church.
That is for another day, but today is all about the new Senior Pastor that Trinity Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center, Louisiana (technically its Hammond, Louisiana) just voted on this morning! I couldn’t write about this before now because our new pastor is currently the pastor at another Louisiana church. It wouldn’t be fair for the members of that church to find out about him leaving through my blog. When we were told at the end of our Worship Service this morning that the votes were counted and that he’d been contacted, I knew I could make it public! So you see, Yes I can keep a secret! Good thing it wasn’t any longer than a week!
So now for the big announcement. Our new pastor is Bro. Avery Dixon! His family includes his wife Misty, son Aiden and daughter Mia!
Last Sunday this amazing family spent the day at our church. Bro. Avery preached, Mia (the young daughter) sang, we sang joyful music Worshiping our Lord, we all ate together and then we spent two hours of question and answer time.
For a 38 year old young man he and Misty handled the questions posed to them very well. His beliefs are all directly tied to what the Bible says and that is my heart’s desire for a pastor who will shepherd our flock at Trinity.
Each church family was sent a packet of information about Bro. Avery the week before. Of course you know I did as much Googling as I could before he even showed up! I don’t even have words to express the amazing Worship Service we had last Sunday. Our own Cindy Shelton introduced Bro. Avery and Mia to the congregation.
Bro. Avery earned his Masters of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans. He has served as Pastor at Hope Church in nearby Waldheim, Louisiana, for the last 8 years. He is an Expository preacher which means he presents the meaning and intent of a biblical text, providing commentary and examples to make the passage clear and understandable. An expositor cares little if his audience says, “What a great sermon” or “What an entertaining speaker.” What he truly wants them to say is, “Now I know what that passage means,” or “I better understand who God is and what He requires of me.”
As always. dinner on the grounds was delicious and we got to visit with so many of our great Trinity friends.
The question and answer time was well attended and a lot of thoughtful questions were raised. After hearing their answers I was quite reassured that this young man and his family were indeed led to us by God to serve at Trinity!
It will be a few weeks before he starts his new position at Trinity. We may be well along our journey down Route 66 by that time. We will be watching via Live Stream as this young couple settles in at Trinity. I am looking forward to seeing where God takes Trinity Baptist Church now that Bro. Avery will be joining us. He’s young enough to be my son (Chad’s age!) yet quite mature in his beliefs and knowledge.
Before closing I want to say MUCH THANKS to Bro. Derek Wall who has filled in as our Pastor after Bro. Bob Adams needed to step down due to health issues. Bro. Derek has been our Minister of Youth and Education for several years and will go back to that position when Bro. Avery arrives and settles in! Thank you for being willing to step up and take us on, Bro. Derek!!
I cannot say enough about the kindness, compassion, genuine love for our church, and guidance that Bro. Bob Adams, our Transitional Pastor, showed to us during his time at Trinity. He led us, the members, to understand the process and to be prepared to welcome a new shepherd which is what we consider our Pastor to be. He guided the Pastor Search Committee while they were doing their work and is in full agreement that Bro. Avery Dixon is the pastor God’s chosen to lead Trinity Baptist Church forward doing His Will.
This next thank you may be last but it is certainly not least. May God bless each of you greatly for your service to our church. So many hours of hard work goes into the work of a Pastor Search Committtee. Our committee was comprised of Ms. Cindy Shelton, Ms. Megan Wild, Mr. Doug Williamson, Mr. Philip Bankston and Mr. David Thompson. They are all individually exceptional Christians and collectively they’ve outdone themselves in their work serving our church. Thank you so much guys for being strong Christians and allowing God to guide you in all you did for us!
Welcome to the Trinity Baptist Church family, Avery, Misty, Aiden and Mia!
I leave ya’ll with several photos I took that Sunday of our church members through all the day’s activities.
I am hopeful to have some answers about the cause of my lightheadedness this week! One more test, an Echocardiogram and then a doctor visit for all the results!! The following week is the endoscopy and colonoscopy, oh my!! And hopefully, that will wrap up all this health mess so we can get busy on Route 66!!
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!