In June David Starling marked 20 years of service as pastor of Sylvania Baptist Church, Rainsville, in Sand Mountain Baptist Association.
Starling began his ministry as youth pastor at Henagar Baptist Church before being called to his first pastorate at East Brow Baptist Church, Flat Rock.
“We both knew it was time and God was certainly leading us to Sylvania,” Starling said of his call from East Brow Baptist to Sylvania Baptist. “But to be honest we didn’t want to go. We chose to be obedient to God’s calling in spite of our feelings and God has been so, so faithful to me and my family. We love this church and this community and we are so thankful to serve at Sylvania Baptist Church.”
Sylvania Baptist honored Starling and his wife, Dale, with a foot washing ceremony in a special service July 7. (TAB)