By Henry Chriceol
One of my life's most meaningful occurrences, at least up to the present,
was the day our church ordained me as one of its deacons. It was the
culmination of a journey that had taken me through college, marriage and
fatherhood, a career with the Air Force. It continued as I retired from the
military and transitioned into post graduate study entering the field of
Radiography. In between all that, God had blessed Merilyn and me with
travel through many biblical locations, especially Paul's travels while we
lived in Turkey, and later, Greece.
God had guided us throughout that period of our life, even though, we
didn't always attend the base chapel on a regular basis or include God in
our daily lives. Both of us were Christians when we married, so I guess you
could say that while we did pull away from the Lord, we were never far
away. Returning to West Monroe and establishing a home here sent us
looking for a permanent church location. Ridge Avenue had been Merilyn's
childhood church, and we had been married there by Bro. Tom Mitchell, so
the decision was not very difficult.
We quickly became involved in just about everything that came along-which
was great training for the two of us--and soon we realized how
important God and our church family were to us, and we have tried very
hard to be good members of the Family of God.
Now, back to being a deacon at Ridge Avenue. If you understand the
underlying meaning in Acts 6 for the need to have deacons, then you
understand some of the duties deacons might have. We don't make policy,
we don't "run" the church, we prayerfully seek how we can support church
members and our pastor as well. What a joy that has been and continues to
be. Each deacon at our church wants to see a happy and fulfilled church
It is my hope that God will continue to use me at Ridge Avenue Baptist
Church, doing my best to follow His will and I thank Him for the blessings
He has given us.
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