Gary Young (far left) honored on October 6, 2019, by (left to right) Mike Claypool, Ben Shular, and Cornelius Atkinson.
By Carl Stagner
Alvin Young was a Baptist, but she was a part of the Church of God. Fueled by close proximity as neighbors in the North Carolina countryside near the town of Hickory, Alvin’s interest in her meant he would soon be attending the Church of God, too. The shift wasn’t hard for Alvin, though, for besides his love interest eclipsing denominational differences, he found the teachings of the Church of God to be more consistent with Scripture. Marriage soon secured their relationship with each other and the Church of God, but could do very little to secure their finances. While making a measly $1.15 an hour and doing his best to support a growing family, Alvin Young received a call to ministry. Continue reading
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Photo: Pastor Johnny Walters preaches.
By Carl Stagner
“This is rural America, where one rite of passage is hunting. Here, you don’t miss opening day of deer, turkey, or duck season!” Pastor Johnny Walters tells it like it is when it comes to doing ministry down in the Ozarks of northern Arkansas. Once part of a family music show in tourist-hot-spot Branson, Missouri, Pastor Johnny’s primary focus is now providing a safe place for broken people to find refuge and restoration in Jesus’ name. Though comprised of just seven members when Johnny began caring for the CrossRoads Community Church of God flock, about one thousand now call the thriving Harrison, Arkansas, church their home. Continue reading
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