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Here's to 28 Years

This is a big cheers and congratulations to my Bishop and First Lady who celebrated 28 years at Community Fellowship Church yesterday. Yes, 28 years!

Bishop Stephen & First Lady Thomas have been faithfully serving Community Fellowship Church for nearly 5 times the national average of a pastor's tenure at a church.

Ladies and Gentlemen, that speaks volumes...

I would argue that being a pastor is among the hardest professions in the world. There are long nights, hospital visits, jail visits, funerals, weddings, and the necessity to hear from God in order to proclaim His Word to His people- sometimes as many as 7 times a week.

Everyone expects you to be all-wise, all-knowing, all-perfect, and all-happy.

No one sees the toil of studying, praying, preparing, and soliciting help from we, the undependable. There is time away from family and forgone moments of relaxation.

I have seen it first-hand... Bishop and First Lady Thomas are my parents.

They have served Community Fellowship Church all my life.

They love the Lord and His people. Genuinely. It is not a show. They pray together, they serve together, and they are care for each and every member. Not for what parishioners can bring to the ministry, but how parishioners can better know Christ.

They are not about making their names great. They are about making Jesus' name great.

Daddy became pastor of Community Fellowship Church in 1985, hand-picked by his predecessor Rev. T.C. Simpson. Since Daddy became CFC's leader, church membership has grown from near 30 to over 300. And the top metric above all: many, many, many souls won to Christ.

I could not be prouder! Moma and Daddy- I love ya'll and extremely proud of ya'll! You've have dedicated your lives to serving the LORD with boldness, humility, and joy! I hope to be like ya'll one day!!!


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