By Lonnie Wilkey
JOHNSON CITY — When Randy Hommel steps to the pulpit each Sunday at Clark Street Baptist Church in Johnson City, he faces the same pressures and stresses as most every pastor in the country — meeting the needs of a congregation still dealing with fears over COVID-19, as well as their own hurts and needs.
A pastor for 21 years, Hommel is better equipped today more than ever before to deal with people facing illness and death. He has gone through it himself and now he is watching his wife Brenda who is in Stage 5 of End Stage Renal Failure and desperately needs a kidney transplant.
A few years ago while serving as a pastor in Mississippi, Hommel had surgery for a brain tumor and the outcome was in question, at least for the doctor who told him he “might want to get his affairs in order.” God, however, had other plans for the Hommels who are natives of the Tri-Cities area. [Read more…]