The Covington News - - Religion -

of godly singing, preach­ing and soul­win­ning. Known as a Christ cen­tered, Bi­ble be­liev­ing, friendly, mis­sion-minded church, Canaan Bap­tist is a busy place. Their four buses bring in 198 peo­ple from Cony­ers, Cov­ing­ton, Ox­ford and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“I want to help my parish­ioners to grow and ma­ture in the things of the Lord,” Caudill said. “I want to ed­ify them and have var­i­ous ar­eas of min­istry so that ev­ery sin­gle mem­ber of the fam­ily can be in­volved in the work of God.”

A na­tive of Hayes, N.C., Dr. Caudill earned a Mas­ter of The­ol­ogy de­gree from Carolina Bi­ble Col­lege in 2000 and a Doc­tor of Min­istry from An­der­son­ville Bap­tist Sem­i­nary in 2001. He served in the Navy for six years and ac­cepted the call to preach dur­ing that time. He was dis­charged on a Wed­nes­day and was asked to preach that fol­low­ing Sun­day at his home church in Jonesville, N.C. He stayed on as pas­tor for over three years. The fol­low­ing seven years, he served a church in Statesville. Mace­do­nia World Bap­tist Mis­sions Inc. asked Caudill to preach dur­ing an an­nual con­fer­ence at Canaan. He came back for a re­vival and the church ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion for him to serve as se­nior pas­tor.

Caudill met his wife Cas­san­dra through a friend, and they were mar­ried in 1990. They have one 15-year-old son, Joshua, who at­tends the Bap­tist Academy in McDonough. Cas­san­dra serves as the pas­tor’s sec­re­tary. Caudill was ap­pointed pres­i­dent of Mace­do­nia World Bap­tist Mis­sions Inc. Cas­san­dra as­sists in the writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion to 150 mis­sion­ary fam­i­lies around the world. In ad­di­tion, the min­istry team in­cludes as­sis­tant pas­tor, the Rev. Thomas Sat­ter­field; of­fice man­ager Patsy Autry and vol­un­teer Bar­bara Hi­land who serves as church sec­re­tary.

On Sun­day, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., the pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend the chil­dren’s Christ­mas mu­si­cal, “The Plane Truth about Christ­mas” by Jimmy Travis Get­zen and Gail Get­zen. The scene is set in a crowded air­port as trav­el­ers are try­ing to get out of town for the Christ­mas hol­i­day. As the truth about Christ­mas is re­vealed, the lives of th­ese trav­el­ers will never be the same.

“We want to make a dif­fer­ence in this com­mu­nity for Christ,” said Caudill. “Christ changed my life one day and I want oth­ers to know that what he has done for me, he can do for them.”

CBC of­fers Sun­day school at 10 a.m. fol­lowed by ser­vices at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mid-week ser­vices in­clude Kings’ Kids at 7:15 p.m. and teen and adult Bi­ble study at 7:30 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Canaan Bap­tist Church, 5581 Salem Road in Cov­ing­ton, visit the web site at www.canaan­bap­ or call (770) 786-8885.

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