By Lonnie Wilkey
CLEVELAND — A ministry initiated by First Baptist Church, Cleveland, prior to the beginning of a worldwide pandemic, not only continued but has met a tremendous need, agree organizers of Shepherds to Shepherds.
Shepherds to Shepherds is the brainchild of Allen Lockerman, pastor emeritus of First Baptist and is an integral part of the church’s Lockerman Leadership Institute.
“To Allen’s chagrin, we put his name on it,” said Ernest Easley, who coordinates the program.
“It has been his dream to mentor bivocational and small church pastors,” added Easley, the father of current FBC pastor Jordan Easley and a former professor of evangelism at Union University in Jackson.
Lockerman, who retired two years ago as pastor at First Baptist, agreed. “Over the years I have had an interest and desire to mentor bivocational and younger pastors,” he said. [Read more…]