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Ron Sumners retires after 30 years in ministry comment (0)

May 10, 2012

Ron Sumners retires after 30 years in ministry

Ron Sumners has worn several “hats” during his 30 years of ministry and April 22 he was honored for those many roles, including the 19 years he spent serving as pastor of Meadow Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham.  

During the reception, Sumners and his wife, Prissy, were presented with a book signed by the more than 400 attendees. Sumners was also presented with a monetary gift and a new fishing rod with gift cards attached to it. 

Originally from Vincent, Sumners graduated from Samford University in Birmingham in 1971 and went on to get his master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., in 1974. He received his doctor of ministry degree in 1996 from Southwest Bible College and Seminary in Gainesville, Ga. 

Sumners served as pastor of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church (1976–1978); Valley Park Baptist Church, Montgomery (1980–1985); First Baptist Church, Landrum, S.C. (1985–1989); Trinity Baptist Church, Whiteville, N.C. (1989–1992) and Meadow Brook Baptist (1993–2012). 

Sumners also served as moderator for Shelby Baptist Association in 2007 and 2008 and volunteered with Shelby Association in 2007 as a hospice chaplain. He may serve in the same role in the future. 

“I want to give myself time to do some things I want to do but still do ministry,” Sumners said of his retirement plans. 

One main lesson Sumners said he has learned during his years of service was to “love people … and they will respond in kind.” 

“If you love [people],” Sumners said, “then they will overlook a lot of [issues]. … As a pastor, the main thing you really have to do is care about your folks.”

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