Joe Bob Mizzell was named pastor emeritus of Hopewell Baptist Church, Marion, on June 28 during the church’s annual “God and Country Day,” which he instituted while serving as pastor.
In a special service dubbed “Red, White, Blue and Joe Bob too,” Mizzell was honored for his service to Hopewell, as well as to Alabama Baptists and the United States.
Mizzell has long been a presence in Alabama Baptist life.
He served 21 years as director of Christian ethics for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. He also served as pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Maplesville; Titus Baptist Church; First Baptist Church, Guin; First Baptist Church, Childersburg; and Alberta Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa.
Mizzell served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army National Guard, where he served as state chaplain for two years and from which he retired as a colonel. Mizzell also served as a disaster relief chaplain with Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief.
Mizzell is a graduate of Howard College (now Samford University), the University of Alabama and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Peggie, have two children and four grandchildren. (TAB)