He may be officially retiring in December, but Herb Dickerson won’t stop working.
PINEVILLE – He may be officially retiring in December, but Herb Dickerson won’t stop working.
After 42 years in the ministry, Dickerson, Director of Missions for the Central Louisiana, North Rapides, and Big Creek Baptist Associations, already has a list of projects he wants to do when he retires.
“I would like to get some free time to do research and to write. Writing is a passion of mine, and I would like to spend some more time doing it,” Dickerson said.
Noted for writing Sunday school lessons that have been used all over the world, Dickerson, a veteran writer of more than 10 years, would like to start out by writing a new member orientation workbook on missions.
He would also like to write a Sunday school teacher certification workbook.
“It would cover the life of Christ, Christian doctrine, how to write lesson plans and how to win a soul to Jesus,” Dickerson said. “I just think this would be something that could be put to good use. It would especially be helpful in smaller churches that don’t have large staffs.”
Besides writing, Dickerson, who teaches courses for NOBTS and United Baptist Theological Seminary, would also like to teach.
That comes at no surprise as Dickerson taught at the seminary for eight years in addition to serving as bivocational pastor for nine years, senior pastor for 11 and DOM for the last 12.
Most importantly, Dickerson says he needs to find more time for his seven grandchildren.
“I bought this old horse so the grandkids could ride,” Dickerson chuckles. “I’m not sure if they want to come see paw paw or to ride the horse, because all they ever do when they call is to ask how is Pistol (the horse).”
Regardless of whatever Dickerson does, he will do it with the same vigor and conviction he has done everything else.
“You know I remember the day I fell to my knees and surrendered myself to the Lord,” Dickerson said. “I said ‘Lord you are bigger than me, stronger than me. I am ready to be miserable for the rest of my life, so you can be happy.”
“I quickly discovered I had it all wrong,” Dickerson said. “My life has been a fantastic trip. Serving the Lord has been the most fantastic thing in the world.”