Langner marks 30 years at FBC Phenix City comment (0)
September 26, 2013
Eugene Langner recently celebrated 30 years of ministry at First Baptist Church, Phenix City.
On Aug. 25, the Russell Baptist Association church formally recognized Langner and presented him with letters from Bob Terry, The Alabama Baptist editor, and Phenix City Mayor Eddie N. Lowe. A fellowship lunch followed the morning service.
Langner said he was called into ministry as a boy during a camp at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega. He said “it took him a while” to get back around to serving in ministry, though. He attended the University of Alabama and later pursued a law degree. In 1970, he surrendered to the ministry at the age of 26 and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He then earned a master’s degree from the University of Louisville and began to serve as pastor of a church in Kentucky. In 1983, he earned his doctor of ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Langner served as pastor of Industrial City Baptist Church, Hueytown, for more than four years and then began serving as pastor of First, Phenix City, in 1983.
From his years of ministry Langner said he learned that “people respond to who you are and what you are rather than what you say.”
“People (at First, Phenix City) have been good to me,” he said.
Langner has four daughters and seven grandchildren.