Someone You Should Know — Eileen Mitchellcomment (0)
March 19, 2014
By Leigh Pritchett
Pinedale Baptist Church, Montgomery
Montgomery Baptist Association
Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11–13
Favorite Hymn: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Hobbies: Reading, observing nature, singing
Family Status: Mother, Kay Mitchell; sister, Beverly Hettle; three nieces; seven great-nieces and great-nephews
Texas native Eileen Mitchell, 60, has worked with Alabama Baptists for more than 23 years. The first five of those years, she served with Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). For 18 years, she has been an associate in the State Board of Missions' (SBOM) office of Sunday School and discipleship, ministering specifically in the areas of senior adults, single adults and families. Recently she received the Adkins-Kerr Award for her contributions to ministry to senior adults. Prior to working with the SBOM, she served Colorado WMU. She received her education from Dallas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Mitchell has been the music minister at her church for seven years.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: My parents. Strong Christian home and growing up in the church. Sunday School teachers. Choir leaders. But it started with my parents. I was saved in my home when I was 10 years old, talking with my parents in my living room. But it had been a process of Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and GAs. I realized my personal need for Jesus.
Q: When and how were you led into your ministry work?
A: I have always worked in the church in one way or form. I taught school for 10 years. When I was teaching school, I was asked to serve as interim children’s minister. I was leading music at a single adult meeting in Oklahoma when I felt led to go to seminary. When you look back on your path, you can see how God uses the tapestry of your life. I led music at senior adult events when I was in high school. It’s interesting to see how God gets you ready.
Q: What do you get from your ministry work?
A: Great pleasure in talking with senior adults and hearing their stories. I think one of my great skills is to connect. I like to listen.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: Prayer. My mother always prays for me. My sister is a good listener. My nieces pray. My church family is always willing to try things that I ask them to do. They encourage me because they are willing to try something new.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?
A: I hope that the Lord allows me to continue growing and learning new things and continue in this ministry. I hope I never lose the desire to learn something new or try new things. It keeps us fresh and excited about what we do.
Q: What difference will this ministry work make for you in the future?
A: I think I’ll be better prepared for my life as I move into retirement because I still see senior adults active and involved in ministry. I’ve met a lot of people, my mother included, who still go to the gym, still sing in the choir, still active in church in their later years. In other words, there’s no retirement, just a change of direction.
Q: What difference has Jesus Christ made in your life?
A: He saved me. I can’t imagine life without Him. He has given me vast opportunities to minister because of my relationship with Him. I’ve been able to connect with missionaries, who minister in greater ways all over the world.