Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2011
“The work of winning the world to Christ is the most honorable and blessed service in which any human being can be employed.” – Schwartz
The members of West A Tabernacle Baptist Church take this opportunity to recognize their former pastor, the Rev. Richard Pethel and his wife Sally, on their retirement. The couple served 45 years at West A Church. Rev. Pethel surrendered his life to Christ in 1958 at the age of 28. He was called to preach in 1961 and attended Cramerton Bible College for two years. Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church in Kannapolis first licensed him to preach in 1962. He was the pastor of F.W.B. Mission Church in Mooresville for one year, then supplied for six months at Bethlehem F.W.B.
He went to West A Tabernacle Baptist Church in May and was ordained Nov. 20, 1965. He was voted in as pastor the first Sunday in December. Rev. Pethel and Sally have served West A Tabernacle with a heart like Jesus, who was faithful, obedient and willing to do everything he could for his flock. He has shown that there is no greater adventure than the road that leads to Heaven.
May the Lord encourage and bless Rev. Pethel and Sally as they continue service for Him in retirement. Rev. Pethel continues to teach Sunday School, visit the sick and shut-ins, preach at the nursing home and witness to the lost.