Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pastor to Trucker to Church Planter

Roland Dann is an amazing man who I admire a great deal.

When Alice and I began attending Emmanuel Baptist Church in Springfield, Georgia in the summer of 2000, Rev. Dann was pastor. During our two years there, I enjoyed his preaching, pastoral care, enthusiasm, and love for the Lord. He supported us a great deal when we went through the trauma of our daughter Mary's brain aneurysm surgery in the fall of 2000. It was partly due to his encouragement that I left Springfield to move to seminary.

Not long after we relocated to North Carolina, "Brother Roland" began a new ministry in his life. He took the gospel on the road as a trucker. Traveling all over the USA, he shared Christ with many different types of people. He once told me that the trucking industry is in desperate need of a Christian influence.

The story of Brother Roland's trucking ministry was recently chronicled in the Christian Index, a Georgia Baptist newspaper. To read the full story, click here.

I am excited that the Lord has led Brother Roland into a new ministry: planting a church in Effingham County. I look forward to seeing him a great deal now that we will be pastoring Southern Baptist churches within 30 minutes of each other.

This amazing man is an example to all of us of what the Lord will do with a person who is willing to follow His leading.

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