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August 26, 2010

By Christine Kapurch

Angel Grove Baptist Church, Jacksonville
Calhoun Baptist Association

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13
Favorite Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting and woodwork
Family Status: Married to Joy for 61 years; two children, Lloyd Michael and Betty Louise; and four grandchildren

Lloyd Garner has taught Sunday School for 45 years. His “first classroom” was located under a shade tree on a bus.

Q: What was your childhood like?
A: I was born and raised in Georgia. My dad was a farmer and worked for Coca-Cola bottling company ... . I finished high school in Rome (Ga.) and was drafted in 1944. Then I went through the Southeast Pacific all the way to Japan. I enlisted from the Army into the Army Air Corps, and I was a firefighter for 17 years in the Air Force.

Q: How did you come to know the Lord?
A: I was a sophomore in high school, and I went to North Rome Baptist Church. … When I started home [one] night (from a spring revival), I got on the bridge by my house and the Lord said, “Go back to that church, and surrender your life to Christ.” I remember running back to church just as a pastor was coming out, and I met him on the steps and surrendered right then.

Q: How have you been involved in church through the years?
A: I have taught Sunday School for 45 years. Joy and I have taught people of all ages. … I’ve never had a bad assignment. The Lord was always there. 

Q: What have you learned from this ministry?
A: Just do the best you can and just be satisfied and the Lord will put you wherever He wants you. As long as the Lord has us on earth, He gives us stuff to do to glorify Him.

Q: What difference has being a Christian made in your life?
A: It’s a good life. My duty is to study His Word and pray, and He’ll show me what He wants to do. I have a mission just like I did while I was in the Air Force.

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