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January 3, 2013
By Julie Payne
South Luverne Baptist Church, Luverne
Alabama-Crenshaw Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: Isaiah 53:4–5
Favorite Hymn: “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”
Hobbies: Reading, writing, playing the piano, singing
Family Status: Married to Curtis, a retired pastor; four children: Perry, Susan, Jim and Bert; and 12 grandchildren
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: I have always been active in church, but it was during a Lay Witness Mission at our Methodist church in Tupelo, Miss., in 1968, that my husband and I totally gave our lives to Christ. We were nurtured in a home cell group by Spirit-filled teachers, sharing and prayer.
Q: When and how were you led into your ministry work?
A: When God called my husband into full-time ministry as a Methodist pastor Jan. 1, 1976, I also felt Him call me. In the churches we served in Mississippi [more than] 23 years, which included seven years in a nondenominational church we built, I led the music ministry and served as church secretary.
Q: What does the ministry demand?
A: (Along with the ministry in the church,) I have been called on to conduct Passover Seders and to go places to speak and present seminars. I regularly pass along information concerning events in Israel, etc., to an email group. I have designed Bible and Jewish Roots courses, which I first taught at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College but later transferred to my church.
Q: What do you get from serving in ministry?
A: Even with my hearing loss, the Lord still enables me to play the piano at church and also sing in the choir. I feel it is a miracle, and I greatly enjoy playing the piano.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: My husband actually led the first Israel tour I went on, and he has been with me two other times. He is very supportive. … All the children are musical and appreciate my musical talents given me by the Lord.