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Palmer retires after 57 years in music, youth ministry comment (0)

May 1, 2014

By Leigh Pritchett

Palmer retires after 57 years in music, youth ministry

Don Palmer, minister of music and worship at Bay Springs Baptist Church, Shelby, retired April 20 after serving there 10 years.

Palmer, 78, has been in the music and youth ministry for 57 years.

A.J. Smith, pastor of Bay Springs Baptist in Shelby Baptist Association, said Palmer is “gifted and skilled in planning services” and brought many years of experience to the ministry of Bay Springs. “Don was a delight to work with.”

Palmer served in the Army from 1960 to 1962 and received his education from Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

He served full time at the former Roebuck Park Baptist Church, Birmingham (now NorthPark Baptist Church, Trussville) and Green Valley Baptist Church, Hoover, both in Birmingham Baptist Association; at First Baptist Church, Anniston, in Calhoun Baptist Association; and Byne Memorial Baptist Church, Albany, Ga.

In a bivocational capacity, he served at Bethel Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove; Valleydale Baptist Church, Birmingham; Providence Baptist Church, Town Creek; Siluria Baptist Church, Alabaster; and at Bay Springs.

While at Bay Springs, he organized two evangelistic antique car shows, done in conjunction with neighboring Bethlehem Baptist Church, Shelby. The events identified 400 prospects for the two churches, Palmer said.

Also at Bay Springs, Palmer formed a ladies’ ensemble and a senior adult ministry. The ensemble performed at many area churches and was active between 2006 and 2010, Palmer said.

A widower for six years after 45 years of marriage to wife Jeanelle, Palmer has three children and five grandchildren.

To contact him for interim or supply work, call 205-664-5570 or 205-999-9866 or email dmimipawpaw@aol.com. 

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