Jody Baker has seen her church through a lot of seasons. Forty years ago, she joined the staff of McElwain Baptist Church in Birmingham, and today she’s still on that staff — except it’s now Hope Community Church.
The church, which became a campus of Shades Mountain Baptist Church last year, recently honored Baker — minister of education and administration — for four decades of faithful ministry.
Baker has a bachelor’s in education degree from Samford University, a master of education degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master of Christian education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor Jacob Simmons said the impact of her ministry is “eternal.”
“Her ministry is an encouraging reminder to everyone of the value of faithful commitment to God and His church,” Simmons said. “Those who know Jody know she is marked with the fruit of the Spirit, showing grace and kindness to everyone, with a quick smile and an encouraging word. She is a faithful minister of God, and the saints of McElwain and Hope Community Church have been blessed by God through Jody and her ministry.”