Retired and semi-retired ministers and their wives as well as widows of deceased ministers are to be honored Thursday, May, 10 at Clara Springs Baptist Encampment here by District Eight Baptist Convention.
PLEASANT HILL – Retired and semi-retired ministers and their wives as well as widows of deceased ministers are to be honored Thursday, May, 10 at Clara Springs Baptist Encampment here by District Eight Baptist Convention.
The event is set to begin at 10 a.m. and go through lunch, said Lee Dickson, Director of Missions for the five associations – DeSoto, Natchitoches, North Sabine, Sabine and Red River – that together are known as District Eight.
“Arnold Nelson is the center of this focus,” Dickson said, explaining that Nelson, 96, was the first area missionary for the district – a position then known as ‘field secretary’ and now ‘director of missions.’ Nelson served the people and churches of the district for 15 years before he retired in <>.
A member at First Baptist Mansfield, Nelson continues to fill pulpits and serve as interim pastor even in retirement, said First Mansfield pastor Thumper Miller.
“Dr. Nelson has given us incredible leadership in the past and continues to lead by example of integrity and character,” Miller said. “His commitment to the Lord and to preaching God’s Word is just as strong today as it was years ago. I’m continually amazed by how many lives he continues to touch. His ministry is not just about the past. It’s about making the most of every opportunity he has right now.”
‘He’s one of the most committed men of God I’ve ever been around,” Miller continued, explaining that Nelson has kept up daily routine of spending time in a men’s coffee group early in the morning and then lunching with another group at the hospital cafeteria where he also spends much time in visitation with the ill.
John Newman, minister of music at Ford Park Baptist Church in Shreveport, is slated to lead music for the Senior Adult Day at Clara Springs. Everyone is invited.