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Godfrey, Jean comment (0)

January 29, 2009

By Sondra Washington

First Baptist Church, Pelham
Shelby Baptist Association

Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Favorite Hymn: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Hobbies: Camping and quilting
Family Status: Married to Bobby for 47 years; three children, Robin, Beth and Chris; and six grandchildren

As the daughter of a retired Baptist minister, Jean Godfrey grew up doing missions and holding various positions in church, and that involvement has continued throughout her adult life. Over the years, she has enjoyed working with children in various ministries, teaching Sunday School and women’s Bible study classes and volunteering with Campers on Mission and Sav-A-Life Shelby. Currently Godfrey sings in the choir and serves on the women’s ministry committee, organizing events and activities, at First Baptist Church, Pelham. A former bailiff, she also volunteers with the prison ministry, which leads women’s Bible studies at the Shelby County Jail.

Q: How did you come to know the Lord?

A: I was saved when I was 10 years old in a revival. My pastor preached a sermon about hell and where you will spend eternity.
Q: Why did you become active in church?
A: I can’t remember not doing it. It’s just my life. As a believer, I think you have a responsibility to serve. My father would say, “The main thing about the main thing is that we bring people to Christ.”
Q: What have been some of the demands of ministry?
A: Prayer, Bible study, time alone with God to prepare ourselves for ministry and faithfulness in being there and taking responsibilities.

Q: What do you get from the ministries?
A: It’s a way to honor the Lord and give back to Him and to reach out to young women. That’s really important to me. I’m an older Christian woman, and I think it’s important that we be there for other young women and be the examples to them.

Q: How do family members support you?
A: My husband is very supportive of it. Before I take any position, I talk it over with him. Sometimes he does without supper. He knows that’s an important thing for me.

Q: What difference have these ministries made for you?

A: It’s just given me an opportunity to serve God and walk with Him. ... It’s a daily battle but I’ve learned that to be right with God, you have to walk with Him and have a desire to live your life to honor Him and bring glory to Him. The world is watching us.

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