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Honor To Whom Honor

By Don Loftis | 01.10.18

This past Sunday, due to health concerns, Jim Oliver stepped down from serving as an elder.  As Carl Johnson read Jim’s letter, which is reprinted inside this bulletin, he referenced Paul’s word in I Timothy 5:17 which were so fitting: “The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor.”


For nearly three decades Jim has faithfully served the Lord as he helped shepherd this congregation.  His deep love was evident in the classes he taught, the leadership he provided, and the service he offered.  Jim and Bitsy love the church here in Old Hickory, and in turn, the church here loves them.


Through the past 98 years, thirty different men have served the Old Hickory church as elders.  Each of them have used their talents to serve and their prayers to strengthen.  Thousands around the world and in our community have been obedient to the Gospel, because of their faithful stewardship of the Gospel.  The four who currently serve as elders (Steve Pilkinton, Don Dugger, Keaton Bell, and Carl Johnson) carry on that great tradition of loving the sheep they lead and honoring the Lord and His Truth.


I extend my personal thanks to all who have served the Lord in this capacity…especially Jim Oliver.  May the Lord bless you and continue to open doors for you to serve His people.



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