My father never took me hunting, occasionally we went fishing, but we never missed Sunday School! My father is passionate about Sunday School and he passed that passion on to his sons. For thirty-five years, he served his church in Lexington as the Sunday School Director. When I was growing up, I always knew that he would take a break from his Colonial Bread route in the early afternoon to stop by the church, usually to discuss a Sunday School issue with the pastor or secretary.
As a young boy, each quarter, I remember helping dad deliver the new Sunday School literature to the various departments in the church. He would sort and I would run the material to the various rooms. Yes, run…an empty church building seemed very scary. When dad gave the Sunday School report, I always listened intently. Both of my parents modeled the importance of Sunday School and I experienced the impact of weekly Bible Study and caring teachers.
In the summer after graduating from high school, I witnessed my father and our new pastor, Dr. Hoyt Wilson, return from Sunday School Week at Ridgecrest. Prior to this experience, Dad had already led the church to have weekly workers meetings and pushed Sunday School to be the evangelism arm of the church. With the addition of a pastor that was zealous about Sunday School, Dad’s role as a Sunday School Director was to take on greater significance. During the next four years, I witnessed the First Baptist Church of Lexington experience great growth. Why? Because they focused on growing the church through Sunday School. Dad and Dr. Wilson built the Sunday School on the timeless principles of Sunday School.
The impact of my father and his passion for Sunday School led me to surrender my life to serving God as a minister of education. Because of my father’s influence and the passion he instilled for me for Sunday School, I have had the privilege to help the churches that I serve develop a passion for Sunday School. Today, as State Sunday School Director for the Tennessee Baptist Convention, I serve as a consultant, coach, and conference leaders in order to instill my passion for Sunday School and to partner with church leaders in fulfilling the Great Commission and Great Commandment by doing everything I can to assist them in developing healthy, growing churches through Sunday School.
Thanks Dad for teaching me that as the Sunday School goes so goes the church. Happy Father’s Day! I love you!!!!