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Pastor Tributes 2012

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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A Godly Example 

by Alberta Fisher

I would like to share with you about the pastor that has had the greatest influence on me. His life is God-centered. He has a compassionate heart, helping and caring attitude and a genuine sense of humor. During difficult times, his quick wit and thoughtful words has helped me immensely. He is a wonderful speaker and excellent Bible teacher. There is no doubt in my mind that he lives what he preaches and teaches. He is loved by people of all ages. He relates effectively with a small child as well as those at the “mature” end of life. He is not judgmental and accepts everyone as God made them.

Yes, you may have figured out this individual is my pastor/husband, Rev. Richard Fisher. Sitting under his pastoral leadership for thirty plus years has been a blessing. He’s the best!!!

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Lord, You Gave Your Best

Pastor Appreciation, Fred L. Zumalt, Jr.

 My beloved Pastor, Fred L. Zumalt, Jr., 66 years old, went home to heaven June 27, 2012ne 27, 2012
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Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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.  This is the man who formally introduced me to the Lord Jesus Christ, taught me salvation. the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and to trust in Jesus, a pivotal point that changed my life forever.

 I know he loved us all and we loved him just as much in return; he was a loyal encourager.  He was powerfully anointed, a mighty man of God.  In remembering him, with a lump in my throat, I realize that I miss his teasing humor, his honesty, and his humility.  He had a heart for the lost.  He would always remind us “don’t forget to tip the waitress” and “don’t forget the homeless.”

His sincerity, his love and kindness for the congregation, but mostly, his love for the Lord Jesus Christ, was apparent. He would preach a fiery sermon waltzing across the altar under the power of the Holy Spirit, an amazing supernatural transformation.  Definitely, Pastor walked the talk. He would always point us to Jesus Christ and stand in prayer with us.  He taught me to be a fighter, to confront and rebuke the enemy–always believe in the Word.  He once told me “he (satan) is the only one you can tell to go to hell!”

Miss you Pastor.  Until we meet again in heaven’s gate, I await.

Father God, after your son, Jesus Christ,[1] you gave me your best.

Thank you.



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[1] 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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A Heart for Souls

Leaving a church you have attended for 53 years is a traumatic experience, but sometimes God has to do drastic things to get you out of a situation that He wants you removed from.  We visited a few churches, before my wife and I visited Lindenwald Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ohio.  We were greeted warmly and respectfully by several members and staff.  The music program was a good mix of traditional and contemporary Christian songs and the message was uplifting.  An altar call was given in a way that encouraged the lost to know where they stood with God and inviting others to unite with this church to serve.  Pastor Randy J. Moore greeted the congregation and visitors at the end of the service and he immediately recognized us as visitors, even though there were 300 or so in attendance.  He talked to us for a few moments and invited us back for the Sunday evening service (we returned).  Within a few days he called and talked on the phone for several minutes, making us feel important.  At the next service, he asked if he could come and visit with us in our home.  He is not a big dog person but he tolerated our dog.  One of the first things he asked was for me to share my relationship with Christ and how I came to know Him.  This concern for my salvation and challenge for me to share it made me realize that this church that loved people and share Christ took their marching orders from the pastor.  Needless to say, we moved our membership to this congregation and have served there ever since.

Pastor Moore is a down to earth person who loves people and loves the Lord.  He preaches from the Bible and does not back down from controversial issues.  He shares what the Bible says and challenges the congregation to “believe the word of God, not the words of man.”  His message to Christians is growth and obedience and to the lost it is love, forgiveness and salvation.  He encourages all to use their gifts to serve in the church and to share their faith with family, friends and acquaintances.   Our church is very mission minded, supporting many mission works throughout the world.  His faith has made a difference in his family; two sons in the ministry and a third one has attended Bible College.  When he first came to the church 12 years ago, attendance was below 100; now 300-400 attend and serve weekly.  I guess we might be considered a large church but it has the feel of a small fellowship.

Denny Krall



From the Oil Wells to Wells of Life

In a time when my church was in turmoil, a new pastor came to town and into my life.  Rodney DeLoach brought stability to our church and helped show a 16 year old boy that being faithful in Sunday School and a “good boy” was not enough in God’s eyes.  He showed me that all are sinners and that I needed my sins forgiven and that Jesus “is the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father except through (Jesus).”  I accepted Christ as my savior and my pastor became my mentor.  He showed me how to serve the Lord with my life and talents.  He challenged me to grow in my daily and to help others find Christ through a youth Sunday school class. He provided resources to help me be a more effective teacher and leader and, eventually, husband and father.

When he stepped down as our pastor in in the late 1980’s, he demonstrated to me that God does not have a retirement plan for His children.  Rodney filled pulpits for several years in Ohio before moving back to Texas to be near much of his family.  There he has been interim pastor of a few churches and now, at 89 years old, still teaches a Sunday School class.  He has authored several salvation tracts and first steps for new Christian tracts.  He has written a few Spanish tracts for the immigrants in in his community and has sent them to whoever will share them with the lost.

He recently visited with family and friends in the mid-west and spent a few days in our home. We shared and laughed and fellowshipped and he even stood in line with me at Chick-fil-A to support their freedom of speech.  He has been a true blessing in my life and was a true shepherd to God church in Hamilton, Ohio.

Denny Krall



What is a pastor to me? In my case it is Pastor Kent Parson and he’s been my pastor for more than 15 years. I look for him to retire someday soon as he’s talked about it several years, trying to prepare us for when that day comes. I think that is so good of him to love us so much that he wants us prepared for his departure and to look for another man of God to lead our church. He has professed so many times how much he loves to stand and preach God’s word and how he depends on God to do it, and many times shared with us his salvation experience, which I never get tired of hearing.

Bro. Kent Parson has impacted me in all areas of thought, feelings, emotions, spiritual self, especially about being in the Lord’s army! In very clear terms he has stated that we NEVER retire from God’s army no matter what age we are. We are NEVER too old, spent or useless and he uses biblical people in God’s word to drive that knowledge home. He says “I’d rather wear out than rust out.” He is a fine example to follow and he has been a great leader and head of the church. He is my Pastor and friend, not just a preacher. I look for him to wear out in the work of the Lord long after he does retire!

Respectfully yours in Christ,

Lily Brenner!/AccountableChristianEncouragement


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Pastor Appreciation

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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I Thessalonians 5:12-13 states, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.  Be at peace among yourselves.”

October is designated as “Pastor Appreciation Month”. This appreciation is often shown either on a given Sunday or on a designated Sunday of the month.  A pastor most certainly does not serve in ministry to receive recognition but he/she appreciates when it is given.

Following is a list of ideas for ways to honor your pastor/minister:

Gift Ideas:

  • Do NOT give your pastor a Bible (unless s/he asks for one; the pastor probably already has a whole bookcase full);
  • A subscription to his/her favorite magazine;
  • A gift certificate for his/her favorite restaurant;
  • A gym / health club membership;
  • A date night (e.g. dinner/show) inclusive baby-sitting;
  • A week-end getaway, fully paid;
  • Artwork with engraving;
  • Love offering.

Additional Ideas:

  • Submit to local press an article on how you appreciate your pastor;
  • Grant him/her a sabbatical;
  • A certificate and/or plaque honoring their years of service; or
  • A huge card signed by everybody in the church

Joke gifts: 

  • A superman/woman cape (with Pastor’s Initials) or
  • A watch with alarm (to keep sermons short)

Remember: It doesn’t matter how  elaborate or simple a method you use to esteem your pastor, the important thing is to do it.

The following “I Saw Pastor Dancing Video” is one way a church was able to honor their pastor: Please follow the link to view the video.

In honor of all pastors, I have asked some special friends of mine to give their thoughts on a pastor who has had a great influence on their life. Be sure to check out the following “Tributes to Pastors” and follow the links to the individual sites to find out more about their ministry.

To read tributes to pastors click link below.

Pastor Tributes 2012 

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Recycled Christmas Gifts

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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As I recently sorted through a box of knick-knack gift items I had received throughout the years, my thoughts turned toward a humorous gift-giving blunder of a fellow pastor.

My husband and I were driving with another couple to a church meeting in early January. Both men were in the front and the other pastor’s wife and I were seated in the back. As expected, the conversation was non-stop; sometimes the men talking together, women having their own conversation or all joining together in discussions about various topics.

My husband just happened to mention to his colleague that he had received many really nice free gifts in the mail from various companies trying to push their products to the church. My husband unintentionally identified one by one some of the different free items he had received. The atmosphere soon changed to almost complete silence. The other minister was afraid to speak. But out of the stillness, his wife said, “So, that is where you got all the nice things you gave me for Christmas.” Evidently she had recognized the same gifts my husband was stating as some of the ones she had received as presents. Needless to say, the conversation quickly changed.

Perhaps our minister-friend was not able to afford to buy his wife a gift but, whatever the reason, he had the best intentions. I only hope his wife saw the humor in it. This discussion never came up again in any of our future conversations.

A purchased gift or a recycled gift? It doesn’t matter as long as it is given from the heart.

Did you know that we have received the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ? He loves us unconditionally as we accept His free gift of eternal life. His love for us is not recycled – it is genuine.

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Shepherd of the Flock

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

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I recently scanned the comment section of a religious magazine that I read on a regular basis. One comment was to an article which had previously appeared in the magazine regarding a pastor’s family. Even though I had not read the original piece, I caught the jest of it with the author indicating that her pastor/husband should put his family first before his ministry and that their church fully understood this concept.

The person giving the comment strongly disagreed with this representation of a pastor. She felt the shepherd of the flock should put God first and let God take care of his family’s needs. This is truly a distorted view of shepherding the flock!

This individual was indicating that a pastor should sacrifice the needs of his own family for those of others in his church. In contrast, God expects a pastor to care for and nurture his own family and instruct them in ways of the Lord. As this strong relationship is developed, he can more effectively minister to those within his church and the community.

I don’t believe the commenting individual was trying to portray selfish behavior on her part regarding a parishioner/pastor relationship but simply had a pre-conceived idea of what a pastor should be. After all, isn’t his family part of his flock as well?

Value the shepherd (pastor) of the flock (church) you are in. Encourage him daily as he feeds you, takes care of you, carries you in his prayers and heart when you need help and most of all loves you. Allow him time to be with his family and thus become a better pastor.

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Pastor Appreciation

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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Even though a pastor does not serve in ministry to receive the accolades of others, the greatest privilege a pastor can have is to serve a congregation of grateful people and to feel loved.

Honoring spiritual leaders is a concept found throughout the Bible. I Timothy 5:17 NAS admonishes us, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and teaching.”

October is designated as “Pastor Appreciation Month”. Some churches are creative in the ways in which they show appreciation and others use more traditional methods. Whether a church has a certain Sunday in October or designates each Sunday of the month, the most important thing is to express appreciation to your pastor.

We have been blessed throughout our ministry years by serving churches with appreciative hearts.  Some have found unique ways in which to show their love. Often a church is able to key in on certain things that interest the pastor (e.g. fishing, hunting, photography, etc.) and give gifts related to his/her interests. My husband has a standing joke about being able to fix anything with duct tape. Thus, he has received duct tape as a gift (with a gift card attached) and received one present that was sealed shut with duct tape. Humorous as it sounds, this helped personalize the congregation’s show of appreciation.

There are many web sites available to give ideas on things you can do for your pastor during “Pastor Appreciation Month”. Be creative and individualize it. If you cannot think of anything personally to do, let me offer just one suggestion. Just say, “Thank you, Pastor. We appreciate you.” That will indeed put a smile on their face.

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The Pastor and Easter

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

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We were visiting with our daughter and family for Easter and attended her church on that special day.  As the wife of a retired pastor, I began to reflect on what an Easter Sunday service (perhaps the most important Sunday in the Christian calendar) would be like without a pastor or interim pastor.  Easter is one of those Sundays that would be difficult for a pastor to miss.  We found that out during the years that we were pastors in various locations.  In fact, I do not believe we ever missed an Easter Sunday throughout the thirty-five years of active ministry.  As we were driving the 300 plus miles to our daughter’s house, we were reflecting on the fact that we would not have been able to make this trip if we were currently the pastor of a congregation.

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would serve the communion if this is offered to the congregation on that day?  It would be difficult for a deacon, head usher, board member, etc. to fill in for this important part of the service and in some denominations it is not even allowed.  You would miss your pastor!

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would attend to the planning for the various services leading up to resurrection Sunday, e.g. Palm Sunday, Good Friday and so on.  You would miss your pastor!

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would be there to give a Children’s Sermon to help the children realize that Easter is more than just the Easter bunny coming – a pastor would be there to share about the risen Lord!  You would miss  your pastor!

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would help you realize the price Jesus paid on the cross for your salvation?  A Godly pastor helps encourage you in the faith.  With his challenging sermon we become even more determined to serve Him.  You would miss your pastor!

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would be there to show care and concern for your needs?  You would miss your pastor!

I am sure there are many more reasons for us to appreciate our pastor on Easter but the most important concept is that you learn to appreciate your pastor every Sunday, in fact, every day of the year.  A pastor truly is your friend and desires the best for you.  So . . . be sure and thank him for all he does for you, your family and the congregation.

Reflect on what it would be like to be in an Easter Sunday service without your pastor.

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