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Valley Grande Baptist member is city’s Citizen of the Yearcomment (0)

July 29, 2010


Will Langston “is casting his net and reeling them in for the Lord,” and in the process, he caught a big title — Citizen of the Year.

The Valley Grande Exchange Club presents the Citizen of the Year award to a Dallas County resident who is involved in multiple facets of the community.

Langston, a member of Valley Grande Baptist Church, fit the bill.

“Will is constantly involved in the community,” said Benny Austin, president of the club.

Langston is also involved in his church and is a driving force behind Selma Baptist Association’s men’s ministry.

“He constantly gives his time and energy to anything that appeals to men and is always concerned that the events that we plan not only be enjoyable but also point men to Christ,” said Clarke Skelton, pastor of Valley Grande Baptist.

Nearly 10 years ago, Langston’s love of fishing led him to establish the Valley Grande Annual Buddy Bass Tournament. One of the only rules for entering the tournament is that a believer must bring a nonbeliever as his “buddy.” They get to enjoy the sport, fellowship with each other and at the end of the day, hear the gospel.

Skelton noted that several members of his church became Christians because of the tournament.

While the ministries Langston is involved in tend to focus on men, they have also reached a number of women, youth and children, Skelton said.

Still Langston never expected to be named Citizen of the Year on June 22.

“It’s a great honor. … It means quite a bit to me,” he said.

But Langston pointed out that it’s just another “God thing” in his life.

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