When Mike Wehner recently retired as associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Headland, his nearly 25-year tenure made him the longest-serving ministerial staff member in the history of the church.
“I’m thankful for all of the people at First Baptist Church we’ve been able to serve. They’re a wonderful congregation,” he said. “The fact that I’ve been able to stay so long says more about them than me.”
Wehner and his wife, Connie, accepted the call and moved from Greenwood, South Carolina, where he was serving in a similar position. Over the years, he said his position has been more “minister of miscellaneous.”
Part of that has been overseeing the church’s day care ministry alongside director Kimberly Grandstaff, who has been there the whole time. “The church has allowed me to do a lot of different things, and I’m thankful for it,” Wehner said.
The church honored him April 11 during its morning service and also held a reception. Mayor Ray Marler presented him with a proclamation by the City of Headland, and Brad Harris, personnel committee chair, reflected on Wehner’s tenure and how the church body thrived under his leadership and enjoyed lasting friendships.
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