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McFadden retires after more than 40 years in ministry comment (0)

April 17, 2014

By Leigh Pritchett

McFadden retires after more than 40 years in ministry

R. Pat McFadden is retiring from his role as pastor of First Baptist Church, Fort Payne, after serving nearly 27 years. His last day will be April 27.

McFadden has been in ministry for more than 40 years. He served as pastor in Texas; at Eastdale Baptist Church, Montgomery; and at First Baptist Church, Elba, in Coffee Baptist Association. From 1979 to 1982, he and his wife, Sue, were International Mission Board missionaries in the Dominican Republic. 

McFadden said First, Fort Payne, is a congregation of people who has made it easy to serve as pastor and has seen them grow even stronger in missions, worship and care. 

McFadden also said his long tenure at First, Fort Payne, has allowed him to enjoy ministering to people during the many seasons of life. “I’ve seen them come into the world, finish school, get married and stay here.”

A reception is planned for McFadden on April 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Building in Fort Payne. 

McFadden received his education from Clemson University in South Carolina and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and teaches Old and New Testament survey classes at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville. 

Even though he is retiring from being a full-time pastor, McFadden will be available for interim and supply work. 

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