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Pastor Don Schultz honored for 50 years in ministrycomment (0)

September 23, 2010


When Don Schultz heard God call him into the ministry more than 50 years ago, he said, “I’m not going to do it.”

Schultz tried to run away from that call for about a year but it didn’t work.

“I finally reached a place where I finally fell down and said (to God), ‘If that’s what you want, then that’s what I’ll do,’” he said.

On Sept. 11, 1960, Schultz was licensed and ordained at First Baptist Church, Huntland, Tenn., and he hasn’t stopped preaching yet.

For the past 27 years, Schultz has been preaching at New Market Baptist Church in Madison Baptist Association.

When the church’s deacons got wind of their pastor’s major milestone — 50 years in the ministry — they wanted to do something big to honor him.

So, for six months, a committee secretly began making plans for a surprise event to celebrate his anniversary Sept. 11. He was asked to give the invocation and introduce a quartet at an event being held at New Market School. Schultz took the bait and when he entered the school, he was shocked to discover the event was for him.

“I fell for the whole thing,” Schultz said. “They hollered, ‘Surprise,’ and I said, ‘For what?’ I’m still trying to get over it.”

The celebration included about 300 guests, speeches, music and food. New Market Baptist presented Schultz with a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn.; a watch from the deacons; a plaque; certificates of appreciation from the governors of Alabama and Tennessee; and a John Deere lawnmower. On Sept. 12, during the Sunday morning worship service, Schultz and his wife, Shirley, were presented with a quilt made by two church members and a framed picture signed by people during the celebration.

As for Schultz, who has no plans to retire anytime soon, the highlight of his ministry has been seeing people accept Christ.

“When you run into people who were saved under your ministry, that will keep you going a little while longer,” he said. “That’s what I’ve loved the most is that the Lord has used me to make a difference.”

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