Randall Stoner says there’s “never been a dull moment” in his 18 and a half years as director of missions for Marshall Baptist Association. When he retires Dec. 31, he says he’ll miss the daily calling to help lead the association’s 100-plus churches to rally together for the Great Commission.
“I love working with people, building relationships and working with church members,” he said. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to help churches grow and start new works.”
One of those new works has been the start of several cowboy churches in the area, a ministry that’s thriving and growing.
Stoner says he and his wife, Vicki, also treasure the friendships they’ve made and the lives they’ve gotten to be a part of through shared meals, baptisms, funerals, weddings, dedications of buildings and gatherings at the Marshall Baptist Retreat Center.
It’s been a great season in his 47-year ministry, he said. Before coming to Marshall Association, he served as pastor of churches in Texas, Florida and Alabama, including Willowbrook Baptist Church, Huntsville, and Wayside Baptist Church, Alexander City. He hopes to continue preaching after he retires.