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Garrigan, Nora B. comment (0)

November 5, 2009

By Kristen Lindsey

First Baptist Church, Jasper
Walker Baptist Association

Favorite Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13
Favorite Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
Hobbies: Playing the piano and reading
Family Status: Widowed after 62 years of marriage to J.T.; one son, Tommy; and one grandchild

Nora B. Garrigan spent many years teaching Sunday School at Northside Baptist Church, Jasper, before moving to First Baptist Church, Jasper, a few years ago. Garrigan and her husband, J.T., co-taught a singles class for a number of years. Though her health forced her to stop teaching, she continues to serve others through an encouragement ministry.
Q: What was your childhood like?
A: I had a wonderful childhood. I grew up in the Depression years, but I had a wonderful, loving Christian father, mother and aunt, who lived with us.

They were actively involved in church.

Q: How did you come to know the Lord?
A: My father, mother and aunt introduced me to the Lord.
In my home, upon asking my mother and father during family devotion time, I knelt by the recliner in our living room and invited Christ into my life. I was 14 years old.

Q: How were you involved in church through the years?
A: I started teaching in the church when I was 16. I worked with children, young people and singles. My husband assisted me with everything I did. I also played the piano in church early on.

I can’t ever remember not being involved until my health problems took over. At Northside, we were the first singles class in Walker County. We had a wonderful, wonderful class — a class that grew into a ministry.

Q: What did you get from those ministries?
A: I got love, acceptance and awareness of the needs of all people I came in contact with. Everyone has needs and the primary need is the need for Jesus Christ. We saw many who gave their lives to Christ. The people became a part of our lives, and we saw many come to know the Lord.

The goal of my life has been leading others to Christ and for them to become consecrated to God in their life. It has been a privilege and a gift to serve God.

Q: What difference has being a Christian made in your life?
A: All the world of a difference. Anything good from mine and J.T.’s life, we owe it to Jesus Christ.

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