Ron Anders said 40 years ago when he was playing football at Auburn High School, Cliff Knight “pursued me, he loved me and he prayed for me.”
Knight had just become youth director for Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, at that time, and “40 years later, he’s still doing that for me,” said Anders, now mayor of Auburn.
He presented Knight with a proclamation from the city naming April 25 “Cliff Knight Day” in Auburn during a special service honoring Knight’s four decades at the church.
Pastor Al Jackson was emotional in his testimony about Knight, calling him “a man of integrity, … a man after God’s own heart.”
Knight joined Lakeview as a college student from Slocomb, then moved through different staff positions in youth and college ministries before becoming family ministries pastor in 2008.
He and his wife, Toma, and five children — Becky, Ben (who died in 2017), Whit, Ansley and Clay — have opened their home to many over the years and have been involved in all sorts of ministry. Knight said he’s “blessed, first and foremost,” by the opportunity to serve the Lakeview family for so long.
“I think about the Lord’s saving me and calling me to ministry, and I don’t feel worthy,” he said. “Christ changed my life so dramatically, and I just wanted to share that. I’m just humbled by it all.”
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