Pastor of West End Baptist Church uses his hobby — officiating football — as an extension of his ministry
By David Dawson
Baptist and Reflector
COLUMBIA — Like so many others in Tennessee, Rick Elsey spends his Friday nights in the fall going to high school football games.
But Elsey, pastor at West End Baptist Church in Columbia, doesn’t go to the games just to observe. He’s actually a part of the action.
One of Elsey’s favorite hobbies is being a football official, and he has worked with the TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association) for more than a dozen years.
“It’s something that I really enjoy doing,” he said, “and I look forward to it every week.”
Elsey has, somewhat literally, earned his stripes. He has worked his way up to the position of referee — a term designated for the “head official” on each crew — with his years of experience with the TSSAA. [Read more…]