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August 8, 2013

By Julie Payne

Rita Moritz

Seddon Baptist Church, Pell City
St. Clair Baptist Association

Favorite Verses: Jeremiah 29:11 and Ephesians 3:20

Favorite Hymn: “He Knows Your Name”

Hobbies: Machine embroidery, traveling, poetry and spending time with the grandchildren

Family Status: Married for nearly 13 years to Harry; between them they have seven children, 22 grandchildren and one great- grandchild on the way

Rita Moritz is a writer and member of Seddon Baptist Church, Pell City. She speaks at churches and civic organizations and serves as an instructor in Alabama’s court referral program. She blogs at www.preciousprodigal.com. She has written a book by the same name that is currently being considered by a publisher. In addition, her book, “Precious Poems: A Journey of Hope” is available through her website. “In my heart I want to encourage people,” she said.

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

A: The example of godly women in the church, for one thing. [Walter F.] Beebe … (founder of Beebe Publications and Beebe Evangelistic Association) really discipled me. He used to say, “God has a plan for you.” … I had godly Christian women and pastors who gave me direction.

Q: What does your ministry work demand?

A: Time and self-discipline. … Spending time in prayer and Scriptures every day — I have to in order to write. … I also need to sometimes take a break and find a balance between work and rest and even some playtime.

Q: How do family members support you in this work?

A: Harry is my partner in everything. He does the entire social media platform (for Precious Prodigal). … He designed my website and updates it daily. It’s not really my ministry — it’s our ministry. All of my kids encourage me to write. I have to add my pastor and church family who support me … Seddon is the most supportive church I have ever been a part of.

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

A: As long as I have breath in my body, as long as I can touch a keyboard, I will write and speak about our great God, because He can turn a tragedy into a blessing.

Q: What difference has Jesus Christ made in your life?

A: He saved me and gave me a home in heaven, eternal life. … I cannot describe the greatness of the God that I serve and the difference He has made in my life.

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