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August 23, 2012

By Christine Kapurch

Perkins, Thomas

Glenn’s Chapel Baptist Church, Gardendale
North Jefferson Baptist Association

Favorite Verse: John 3:16

Favorite Hymn: “Amazing Grace”

Hobbies: Winning souls to the Lord

Family Status: Married for 62 years to Elizabeth; four children, Thomas Jr., Diane, Joyce and Lanita; and one grandchild

Thomas Perkins, pastor of Glenn’s Chapel Baptist Church, has been serving as a pastor for 61 years. He also spent 15 of those years as a police chaplain. He has been evangelism director for North Jefferson Association for 11 years. He also is often featured on the TV program “The Southern Gospel Show” where he serves as a prayer host. The show airs every Sunday between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on Charter Cable and features southern gospel music, talk sessions and guests.

Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?

A: I was 13 years old and a member of the church. … During a Wednesday daytime revival meeting they asked everyone to come to the altar to pray. I stayed in my seat and I asked the Lord to come into my heart and that’s when it happened. 

Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?

A: Just by the call of the Lord … I decided to move from Columbus, Miss., to Chattanooga, Tenn. I started working in a supermarket and about a week after I moved there the manager, who led Bible study, pulled me into the back and said he knew there was something eating at me. … I spent the night praying and at 12 o’clock that night I surrendered. The Lord called me to preach and [all these] years later I am still in the ministry. All of my life I have been raised a Christian. God really brought conviction on me. 

Q: What does the ministry demand?

A: (It demands) full devotion and dedication. I know when God calls He doesn’t “un-call.” 

Q: What do you get from the ministry?

A: The Lord said, “Ask and you shall receive.” I have been truly blessed. 

Q: How do family members support you?

A: They support me 100 percent. My wife is the best pastor’s wife that I imagine anyone could find. They call her “Angel” in our church. 

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

A: I don’t plan to retire — there’s always work to be done. A lot of people have been saved because of the TV show. We have 700,000 viewers that watch the program. 

Q: What difference will this ministry make for you in the future?

A: It’s a glorious ministry. I just feel like it’s a door that God has opened. It’s a real blessing to be able to pray for people. 

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