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January 30, 2014
By Leigh Pritchett
Etha Baptist Church, Cullman
East Cullman Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28
Favorite Hymn: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing
Family Status: Wife, Melinda; children, Bailey and Gage
Bo Shedd, 43, has been in full-time evangelism for 21 years. He began singing gospel music as a boy and preaching at age 13. His message in word and song has taken him all over the United States and into 19 countries. He is an evangelist to children, students and adults. His “America’s Too Young to Die” program — covering alcohol and drug issues, teen suicide, school violence and the need to make positive choices — has been presented in school assemblies. During summers, he also leads student camps.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: The influence of my life was children’s church. They had a flannelgraph board. They put characters on the board and helped me understand Genesis, the story of Daniel. I was convicted through the teaching of the Bible through the flannelgraph board. I was 6 years old when I came to know Christ. The Holy Spirit spoke to my young heart.
Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?
A: In the third grade, I was asked to sing in school. When I was 13, I realized my friends around me in school were lost and God could use me to minister to them through singing and speaking.
Q: What does the ministry demand?
A: The ministry demands from my life a personal consecration, a personal walk with Jesus Christ, Bible study, prayer time and obedience to His call. As for the Great Commission, it demands that we go into all the world, town to town, city to city, country to country. It also demands time away from the family, which is hard.
Q: What do you get from the ministry?
A: I’m a servant of Jesus Christ. It’s an honor to carry His message and His cross. I feel like I get to be used by God for His ministry. I’m involved because of what God did through His Son. I think the greatest miracle is still salvation. The greatest joy you’ll ever experience is getting to lead someone else to Christ.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: My wife is very supportive through prayer. We pray together before I go on these endeavors. My family is instrumental in prayer and spiritual guidance. My parents pray; churches pray; my brothers and sisters pray.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?
A: We do a Generation Fest. Bands play. They hear the gospel. Every student gets a Bible. We do crusades in other countries. As long as people are being born and there is a gospel, it is relevant. We’re going to have to reach people where they are with the gospel.
Q: What difference will this ministry make for you in the future?
A: It’s God’s ministry. The gospel has ... to get before people.
Q: What difference has Jesus Christ made in your life?
A: Jesus Christ has made all the difference in the world. Without His Lordship, I would not be where I am today. He is my Sustainer, my Comforter, my Healer. I can talk to Him and He listens to me. He cares about all areas of my life. He is involved in all facets of my life.