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RESOURCE CENTER AND ARCHIVES

Bentley, Jackiecomment (0)

March 3, 2005


 

In addition to serving as pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Munford, Jackie Bentley is the chaplain and director of bereavement services at Lakeside Hospice.

Q: Why have you done this activity?

A: I believed it would be an extension of my ministry to help people who are terminally ill to find peace with God and man.

Q: What does the ministry demand?

A: I spend a lot of time with the terminally ill and their family members. It’s a full-time job and I’m on call 24 hours a day. We serve St. Clair County and Talladega County.

Q: What do you get from the ministry?

A: I get satisfaction in knowing that I’m helping people and that I’m a vessel for them to voice their spiritual concerns.

Q: What led you into this ministry?

A: After serving as pastor 25 years, I wanted to try something a little different and continue in the ministry. I felt that God led me into it.

Q: How do other family members support you?

A: My wife and daughter are very supportive. My daughter is a Lakeside Hospice volunteer. She is a special child with Down syndrome. She volunteers to do bereavement work and creates bereavement packets to give to all our families who have had a loss.

Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?

A: I believe this is where I will be until the Lord calls me somewhere else. I’ve enjoyed the work so far and hope that I can do it for a long, long time.

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