Un­be­liev­able Jour­neys: Mead­ow­dale Home­com­ing this Sun­day to honor re­tir­ing se­nior pas­tor

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As the long­est tenured pas­tor of a South­ern Bap­tist church in Gor­don County, af­ter al­most 39 years, Steven Pear­son is step­ping down as se­nior pas­tor of Mead­ow­dale Bap­tist Church. He gave the church an 18-month no­tice, which was a bless­ing, es­pe­cially to the Pas­tor Search Com­mit­tee. But be­hind the scenes, God had an­other plan in ac­tion. The new pas­tor was gain­ing in­sur­mount­able months of ex­pe­ri­ence on staff at Woodstock City Church in Woodstock, Ga. The con­gre­ga­tion was elated once they learned that Jeremy Kirby was the fi­nal can­di­date be­ing pre­sented to re­place their beloved pas­tor, Pear­son.

Kirby is the hus­band of Bekah Kirby and the son of Greg and Sherry Kirby. A grad­u­ate of Gor­don Cen­tral High School, Kirby grad­u­ated from Shorter Col­lege in Rome prior to at­tend­ing Luther Rice Sem­i­nary earn­ing the de­gree of Mas­ter Of Arts.

“We are thrilled to have Jeremy join our staff as se­nior pas­tor and look for­ward to all God will ac­com­plish at Mead­ow­dale through His man,” says Rod­ney Babb, chair­man of the Dea­cons and Pas­tor Search Com­mit­tee.

As with any church, Mead­ow­dale has seen its share of changes but one thing that’s been con­sis­tent is Steven Pear­son. Since March of 1979, Pear­son has ac­com­plished so many things in the name of Je­sus that most pas­tors never even dream of. Not only or­ga­niz­ing mis­sion trips to Africa, In­dia, the Philip­pines and other coun­tries around the world, Pear­son has trained close to a hun­dred mis­sion­ar­ies from Mead­ow­dale in­clud­ing Kirby, who ac­com­pa­nied him to Africa on two oc­ca­sions. Thou­sands of souls will wel­come Pear­son into Heaven due to his ded­i­ca­tion on mis­sion fields around the world.

While Kirby has al­ready be­gan his du­ties as se­nior pas­tor, Pear­son agreed to fill the pul­pit un­til his last Sun­day, which is the church’s Home­com­ing Sun­day on Oct. 1. It would be an honor and thrill for every­one who has ever known Pear­son to join the con­gre­ga­tion on this Sun­day.

“We thank Steven and Sarah for all their years of love and ser­vice and have no doubt God has great plans for Mead­ow­dale go­ing for­ward,” says Babb. “We in­vite every­one to visit us to be a part of the ex­cite­ment and bless­ings that are to come! We don’t care what you wear, only that you’re there!”

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit Mead­ow­dale. org or call 706-629-9997. Mead­ow­dale Bap­tist Church is lo­cated at 1811 Rome Road SW in Cal­houn.

CON­TRIBUTED PHO­TOS

Re­tir­ing se­nior pas­tor of Mead­ow­dale Bap­tist Church, Steven Pear­son, and his wife, Sarah, left photo, with new se­nior pas­tor Jeremy Kirby, and his wife, Bekah, right. Home­com­ing Sun­day at Mead­ow­dale will be held Oct. 1.

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