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FBC Roebuck Plaza honors music minister for 25 years comment (0)

July 29, 2010


Not everyone loves surprises but when your church throws a surprise celebration in your honor, what’s not to love?
Just ask Roger Isbell, music minister of First Baptist Church, Roebuck Plaza.

The Birmingham Baptist Association church honored him for 25 years as its music minister during the morning service and a luncheon June 27.

But surprising Isbell, who also serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher, took hard work and careful planning. The special events committee advertised the luncheon as a pre-Fourth of July event and it worked.

“I was completely surprised,” Isbell said.

Special guests, friends of Isbell and former members of the church came to share in his special day. During the service, he was presented with a large plaque by Kay Lesley, who nominated him to come to First, Roebuck Plaza, as music minister 25 years ago.

During the luncheon, Isbell was presented with another plaque and a love offering and he joined Wayne Linderman, interim music minister at McElwain Baptist Church, Birmingham, in an impromptu a cappella duet. Linderman and Isbell were once members of a quartet at Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham.

“Roger is deeply loved and widely appreciated. He has been a real leader in the best sense of the word,” Pastor Jim Auchmuty said, noting that Isbell’s wife, Sara, was also recognized for her support and active involvement in the music ministry.

Isbell said he very much appreciated the recognition.

“It has been a total blessing working at First Baptist Church, Roebuck Plaza,” Isbell said, adding he has something all choir directors wish they could have: the most dedicated choir and the best pianist in the world, Barbara Ray. “These things sure make staying [at First, Roebuck Plaza] a lot easier.”

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