By David Dawson
Baptist and Reflector
DOVER — Melvin Dunaway initially assumed he would only last about seven days at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Dover.
Turns out, his estimate was a little off — by about 16,500 days.
Dunaway recently announced his retirement after serving as Pleasant Grove’s pastor for 45 years — a tenure that spans nearly half of the church’s 100-year history.
“After I preached that first Sunday, I thought, well, they won’t want me back any more,” said Dunaway with a little laugh.
The church did indeed want him back the following Sunday … and the one after that … and ultimately, for the next half-century.
“Every member (at Pleasant Grove) has done nothing but love me,” said Dunaway. “And I loved them right back.” [Read more…]