North Jefferson Association
Sammie Reid said even as a child, he thought one day God might call him to be a pastor. Now as he’s retiring, he’s looking back over 54 years of living out that calling, the past 35 of which have been at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Warrior.
“It’s been a great experience — the people have made it that kind of experience,” said Reid, whose last Sunday at Mount Zion was Oct. 4. “Everywhere I’ve been, every church I’ve served, the people have been so good and kind and gracious to me.”
Before serving at Mount Zion, he also served at Zola Baptist Church, Mount View Baptist Church and Gethsemane Baptist Church, all in the Hayden area. He’s been known throughout the years to have his sermons outlined and written as much as a year in advance.
Roger Willmore, director of missions for Calhoun Baptist Association and a longtime friend of Reid, called him a “consistent and faithful” pastor.
“His ambition was to be the best pastor he could be and to bloom where he was planted. I have always respected him for that,” Willmore said. “He is a true shepherd who faithfully and consistently feeds and leads his people.”
Reid said he has a heart for small churches and would love if this next season could include some interim or bivocational work.
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