Church Hill pastor Gary Gerhardt retiring after 38 years of ministry
By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
CHURCH HILL — Members of First Baptist Church, Church Hill, have heard their pastor Gary Gerhardt reference “the dash” for 38 years.
The “dash,” according to Gerhardt is the period of time represented by the dash on a tombstone between a person’s date of birth and death. In other words, the dash represents the individual’s life story.
Though the dash on his life is in the Lord’s hands, the dash on Gerhardt’s tenure at First Baptist is drawing to a close. He will retire on Aug. 29 after 38 years of ministry at the church.
In an interview with the Baptist and Reflector seven years ago, Gerhardt noted that he came to First Baptist fresh out of seminary. “If we were here for five years and I left with people who still loved us, I figured we would have been successful,” he said at the time. [Read more…]