FBC Dothan’s Fain to retire in July after more than 40 years in ministry

FBC Dothan’s Fain to retire in July after more than 40 years in ministry

Back in 1976, while he was in college, Johnny Fain stood in Mulberry Baptist Church, Maplesville, and surrendered to God’s call on his life to preach. And that’s what he’s done ever since. 

On July 31, Fain will retire from First Baptist Church, Dothan, in Southeast Baptist Association, after 15 years as pastor. 

Before coming to First, Dothan, Fain served at First Baptist Church, Selma; Dawson Street Baptist Church, Thomasville, Georgia; and Calvary Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. He holds degrees from the University of Montevallo and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

During his time at First, Dothan, Fain said he wanted the church to be a going-and-giving church. 

“I wanted us to be missions-minded. To expand outside of our four walls into the community and the world,” he said. “I wanted to create a praying, Word-honoring congregation.”

Though Fain is retiring from the pastorate, he isn’t retiring from the Great Commission. He formed a missions ministry — Assignment International Ministries. According to Fain, it’s purpose is to “equip and mentor pastors in their spiritual life and the ministry.”

Fain and his wife, Debbie, have two children and four grandchildren. Fain is available to fill pulpits in Alabama and can be reached at 334-798-1251. (TAB)