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?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Janice Garrison says:

    Good post Trey! I'm not sure about still loving you after the fire cracker incident though. :)

    Just kidding!!

  2. Scott says:


    I think the preachers who knew me when I was young may have stories to tell about my stunts too.

    Here's my post about Passing the Torch. http://oakman2parrish.blogspot.com/2010/03/passing-torch.html

  3. Anonymous says:

    I had to smile at your comments because I too loved those men and were influenced by them. Delbert was like a brother and Shawn was like another son. Shawn spent lots of time at our house. Our family and my extended family have so many preachers that it would be hard for me to choose just one. Norman Gibson comes to mind but he wasn't family. Mom

  4. John Dobbs says:

    As expected, great post friend! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Paula Harrington says:

    Always entertained and encouraged when I stop by.
    Thanks Trey.

  6. Les Ferguson, Jr. says:

    Good stuff, Trey. Thanks for sharing–I am glad John encoraged us to do this. My Passing the Torch post is at http://www.lesfergusonjr.com/

  7. Bobby Ross says:

    Love it! The firecracker line made me laugh out loud.

  8. newheights says:

    thanks for the smile.

  9. makegodsmile says:

    Thanks for telling this part of your story. I love to hear positive things about the church of years past. Some great servants doing some wonderful things!

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