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Garner, Jimmy comment (0)

March 10, 2011

By Neisha Fuson

Skyland Boulevard Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa Baptist Association

Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 13:6
Favorite Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
Hobbies: Spending time with grandson
Family Status: Married to Nancy Carolyn for 52 years, one daughter and one grandson

Jimmy Garner has served as pastor of Skyland Boulevard Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, for nearly 22 years.

Q: How did you become a Christian?
A: I was a member at Woodville Baptist Church, near Huntsville, but I wasn’t saved. Because of the faithfulness of the ministry of that church and the Lord touching my heart, I accepted Christ at the age of 38.

Q: What led you to become a pastor?
A: After I was saved in 1975, two years later, I felt in my heart God was calling me and I couldn’t get away from that and I surrendered. I began preaching in 1979.

Q: Why have you continued serve as a pastor?
A: I have stayed because when I surrendered to the ministry, I knew that was what God wanted me to do for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.

Q: What have you gotten from serving in the ministry?
A: It has meant fulfillment in my life and contentment. It’s a joy to know I’m doing what He has called me to do.

Q: How do family members support you?
A: My wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandson all are believers and support me in prayer.

Q: How do you see yourself involved in the ministry in the future?
A: I don’t have any plans now of retirement. I want to pastor as long as I can effectively serve the church and serve my people.

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