Buddy Majors uses love of music to minister to senior adults across statecomment (0)
January 23, 2014
By Neisha Fuson
The woman in the pink floral sweater sat as close to the stage as she could, singing and clapping along to each song.
At a Jan. 9 concert at First Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove, Buddy Majors sang songs from a variety of decades including “Country Roads” by John Denver, “Elvira” by The Oak Ridge Boys and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin.
Majors, who serves as the interim associate pastor and minister of music for First Baptist Church, McCalla, said he’s been singing his whole life but was just recently able to fulfill his dream of singing and ministering to senior adults.
Performing with pre-recorded tracks, Majors sings several songs, “adds in a little humor” and shares the gospel at each concert.
“I used to visit a lot in homes of senior adults and found that they were really a segment of our congregations that was lonely and lost … and had been passed by,” Majors said of his ministry.
Called to full-time ministry in 1963, Majors graduated from Samford University in Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in education. He later took music courses at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, and then earned a master’s degree in religious education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has served in several roles across the state throughout his lifetime such as music/youth/evangelism coordinator at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Bessemer; music pastor at the former First Baptist Church, Shade Grove, in Adamsville (where he was ordained in 1978); associate pastor of music/education/youth at First Baptist Church, Remlap; associate pastor of music/education at Clayridge Baptist Church, Clay; and pastor of West Highland Baptist Church, Bessemer, for seven years until he retired in 2012. He then made his way to First, McCalla, and began his “dream ministry.”
Throughout his years of service in Alabama churches his “compassion really grew” for senior adults and he wanted to “minister to them and give them some input to help them realize they’re still needed and still had a place in our church and our society.”
So about 250 times a year Majors makes his way across the state to sing to and encourage senior adults.
In the midst of all that traveling, Majors also released three self-produced CDs. Majors, 72, said he plans to continue his singing ministry “just as long as the voice holds out.”
And according to Harold Newberry, pastoral care minister at First, Pleasant Grove, Majors’ ministry is making an impact.
“I think he would make good programs in the church whether senior programs or not. He would be a good addition,” said Newberry, who leads the senior adult choir and programs.
And Mildred Hyden, who sat in the front row at the concert, agreed. A member of First, Pleasant Grove, since the 1960s, Hyden said the event was “great and couldn’t be better.” Majors “sang the songs that we love.”