Homer Davis remembers the second Sunday in April of 1949 like it was yesterday.
He was a student at the University of Alabama, and he went to a revival service at Calvary Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, where John L. Slaughter, then pastor of First Baptist Church, Birmingham, was speaking.
“He shared his testimony and it was like the Lord was saying, ‘That’s you.’ It was almost identical to the struggle I had been having,” Davis said. “I dedicated my life to the ministry that day.”
And 70 years later he says he’s “just amazed that God could use a little cotton-picking farm boy to do all that He’s allowed me to do.”
Davis has served as pastor of churches in Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, including Bethel Baptist and Ridgecrest Baptist in Dothan. He served as director of missions for Columbia (now Southeast Alabama) Baptist Association, and he served with the North American Mission Board and the Georgia Baptist Mission Board working with church planters. He’s preached on five continents.
And on April 14, Bluff Springs Baptist Church, Ashford — the church that ordained him — will celebrate his long legacy of ministry with a special service and a lunch.
“I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting and thinking about the good things that God has done, and I’m just blown away,” Davis said. (Grace Thornton)