I know every pastor makes plenty of mistakes; I’ve made more than my share.  But as Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 5:17: Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.  

I would not be where I am today if it were not for the wonderful Pastors/Elders who poured into my life and my spiritual journey.

I should have done this on the first day of this month, but didn’t want to miss an opportunity to thank these men for their impact in my life.  Gary Kirksey who invested in me right after I made a decision to trust and follow Christ.  Martus Miley and Dick Lewallen who invested in me through the BSU at Angelo State University.  Dr. Earl Dunn who took a chance on a young & immature student pastor.  Dr. Bill Darnell who mentored and taught me much of what shaped me for ministry.  Dr. Roy Fish for inspiring me in so many ways. Bob Norman who was one of the most encouraging men I’ve ever served with.  Dr. Fred Lowery who had a significant impact on my life and is still a treasured friend.  Damon Shook & Bill Upchurch who continued the investment in me and my family.  Kerry Shook who gave me new opportunities to spread my ministry wings.

I am eternally grateful for these men and how God used them in my life.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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