My friend John Dobbs came up with a great idea this week. He said, “Let’s all blog about a minister who has been a great influence in our lives. Post about someone who has influenced you in a positive way.” I love John’s idea, and I gladly accept the challenge to tell you about two (not one) great ministers who have had a direct impact on my life, and on Lea’s as well.
First let me tell you about Shawn Williams…
God put Shawn Williams in my life during a time when I really needed a positive influence. Lea and I had just started dating when Shawn came into our lives. Shawn was more than a youth minister to us, he was our friend. The thing that most impressed me about Shawn, was he could be a Christian and have fun too. A couple of my past youth ministers had been “all spiritual business” when it came to youth ministry, and that didn’t set well with me as a teenager. Shawn taught me that Christianity wasn’t something you did on Sunday, it was a way of life… everyday of life. Shawn will never know the impact he had on both Lea and I.
I’d also love to tell you about Delbert McLoud who was the pulpit minister at the San Jacinto Church of Christ when Shawn was the youth minister. Shawn and Delbert made a great team. The interesting thing about Delbert is that it wasn’t his preaching that influenced me. In fact, I don’t remember a lot about his sermons. Instead, the greatest impact he had on me was he was willing to invest time in me as a teenage kid who needed some direction. Delbert was the person who really pointed me towards ministry. I still remember his talks about ministry and preaching and him telling me, “You’d be a great preacher, kid.”
Just to set the facts straight, Delbert McLoud HAD to like me a little because his youngest son, Shane, and I were very close friends. Shane and I pulled our share of dumb stunts and somehow Delbert still loved me. Despite nearly blowing up Delbert’s house with a homemade bomb, nearly getting him arrested for trespassing and throwing a firecracker in the bathroom stall while he was having some “private” time, he still loved me. All in all, Delbert made a huge difference in my life. Had it not been for his influence, I might have never seriously considered full-time ministry.
Shawn Williams & Delbert McLoud are two men of God who have played a major role in my life. I thank God for their friendship, their ministries and the way they touched my life. I also pray that in my ministry I will have as big an influence on others as Shawn and Delbert have had on me.
- So, I’d love to know, what minister has impacted your life?