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April 3, 2014
By Leigh Pritchett
First Baptist Church, Tillman’s Corner
Mobile Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13
Favorite Hymn: “How Great Thou Art”
Hobbies: Golfing and writing music
Family Status: Wife, Mary Ann; children: David Todd Jr.; Susan Tillman; Alicia Smiley and Candace Morgan; seven grandchildren
David Todd served as a full-time music minister in churches in Louisiana and Alabama. Then, for 19 years, he was the bivocational music minister of Azalea Baptist Church, Mobile, in Mobile Association. Recently Todd, 69, has been interim music director of Cloverdale Baptist Church, Grand Bay, in Mobile Association. In spring of 2013, he also became a music evangelist. The singer, songwriter and worship leader formed the quartet Endless Praise, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014. Todd, who served in the Army, is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: My dad took me fishing in Mobile. The Sand Island Lighthouse is in Mobile Bay. My dad was telling me what the lighthouse meant. A Sunday School teacher at Hollinger’s Island Baptist Church, Mobile, told me that Jesus is the Lighthouse. At the age of 12, that all just clicked. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. The lighthouse has become a very meaningful symbol in my life.
Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?
A: I was doing the music at Hollinger’s Island in ’69. I decided it was something that I enjoyed doing. There was a need for ministers of music. I felt the Lord leading me in that direction. I needed training. That’s when I enrolled in Mobile College and took all the music I could there.
Q: What does the ministry demand?
A: It demands a love for winning the lost to Jesus Christ, leading people to praise the Lord. It demands a lot of concentration on music, to be able to teach those in the church about music and how they can enjoy it. It’s a unique way of sharing Jesus Christ.
Q: What do you get from the ministry?
A: Joy, a sense of accomplishment that I’m serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: They’re willing for me to be gone to go to other churches. They know what it means to me to serve. Mary Ann goes with me when she can.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?
A: I still like to sing. I still like to write music. It’s a joy to share that with people. It fulfills my life. I don’t plan to give it up until I’m at the age that I can’t go anymore.
Q: What difference will this ministry make for you in the future?
A: I don’t look for it to make me anything in the future, except a servant for God. My main purpose or goal is for people to come to know Jesus Christ, using the tools that I have through music.
Q: What difference has Jesus Christ made in your life?
A: It has made a tremendous difference. I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t have Christ in my life. It has turned me around. I want to share with people what He can do in our life.