Lindsay Lane’s Dusty McLemore announces April 2020 retirement

When Dusty McLemore preaches his final sermon as pastor of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church, Athens, on April 5, 2020, he will have led the church in that capacity for 28 years.

McLemore announced his retirement Aug. 25.

“Announcing my retirement was a very difficult decision,” he said in a tweet. “But raising up the next generation is so important.”

McLemore, an Athens native, was a deacon and Sunday School teacher when he was called into ministry in September 1991. He was called to Lindsay Lane as bivocational pastor in April 1992. The church had 32 members at the time. In the years since, the church has grown to a membership of more than 2,500 and is regularly among the top Alabama Baptist churches in baptisms each year.

In 2001 McLemore was the recipient of the “Troy Morrison Leadership Award.” He has spoken at the Alabama Baptist State Evangelism Conference and the Alabama Baptist Pastors Conference, serving as 2009 Pastors Conference president which was hosted at Lindsay Lane.

McLemore and his wife, Patsy, have two daughters and seven grandchildren. (TAB)