Neal Hughes says he and Mike Northcutt showed up in Montgomery on the same Sunday — Father’s Day 1987. Hughes was the new pastor of McGehee Road Baptist Church, and Northcutt was the new pastor of Eastmont Baptist Church. And over the years the two men and their wives became friends.
It was a return home for Northcutt, a Montgomery native who came to faith and was ordained to preach at Capitol Heights Baptist Church. After graduating from Samford University in Birmingham and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, he returned home. Along the way he served churches in both states.
“Eastmont, along with Montgomery Baptists, have been inspired by Mike’s humble leadership and winsome spirit,” said Hughes, now associational mission strategist for Montgomery Baptist Association.
And now after 32 years as Eastmont’s pastor, Northcutt is retiring. His last day at the church will be June 16.
“We as Alabama Baptists owe a debt of gratitude for the Northcutts’ Christ-like example displayed in a lifetime of serving King Jesus,” Hughes said of Northcutt and his wife, Connie. (Grace Thornton)
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