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Oden, Andrewcomment (0)

December 6, 2007

Favorite Verse: Ephesians 2:8
Favorite Hymn: “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone”

Family Status: Widower, 10 children, 27 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren

Andrew Oden is 105 years old. Over the years, Oden led 29 churches, helped organize nine congregations and baptized more than 700 people, including all of his children and several grandchildren. From 1945 until 1946, he served as moderator of Blount Baptist Association and as associational missionary from 1947 until 1948.
Q: How did you become a Christian?
A: One of my sisters asked me didn’t I want to be saved. I was about 10 or 12 years old. I really thought about that. When I was about 14, I went to church with a friend and God spoke to me. I trusted Him for salvation.

Q: What are some of your earliest memories of church?
A: Usually one service a month. No Sunday School. No music. The men sat on one side of the church and the women on the other side.

Q: How were you called into the ministry?
A: I felt the call into the ministry when I was about 20 years old. I surrendered to that call about seven years later when my 4½-year-old son was killed by a falling tombstone.

Q: What did you get from the ministry?
A: God blessed me many ways. The greatest was seeing so many people saved.

Q: How do family members support you?
A: My family supported me in many ways. I was a farmer. My wife and children took care of everything. Each summer, I would be in revival six to eight weeks for many years. My ministry always came first.
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