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Mary Ann McGahacomment (0)

January 9, 2014

By Leigh Pritchett


Mary Ann McGaha

Wears Chapel Baptist Church, Huntsville
Madison Baptist Association

Favorite Hymn: “What Will I Leave Behind”

Hobby: Meeting with friends each morning at Hardee’s 

Family Status: Widowed after 15 years of marriage to James; one son, Bill Turner; one grandson; one great-grandson

Mary Ann McGaha, 75, has been church clerk at Wears Chapel Baptist Church, Huntsville, for 38 years. In that role she has updated membership records, researched the church’s history and helped to compile the history into a book. In the past, McGaha served as assistant song director and Vacation Bible School director and sang in a church trio. She continues to sing in the choir and perform the humorous roles in the church’s Christmas programs. Currently she serves on the executive board committee of Madison Association. McGaha retired in 1997 from 39 years as a banker. 

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

A: My father because he was a minister. I was 14 when I became a Christian.

Q: What does your ministry work demand? 

A: Taking care of the minutes at the business meeting, keeping the membership roll book up to date, singing in the choir.

Q: What do you get from your ministry work?

A: Enjoyment.

Q: How do family members support you?

A: My son supported me quite a bit. If we have a Christmas program at church, they’re always there. 

They (the church) never give me a serious part in the Christmas program. They always give me a humorous part.

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

A: I hope to do this a little bit longer. We have an assistant now [who] I’m training. As long as I’m able, I want to continue doing what I can.

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

A: As long as I’m able to do it, I’ll be happy.

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

A: Altogether different. I’m happier and enjoy doing stuff in church.

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