Tom Grantham’s church — Purpose Baptist Church, Opelika — recently honored him for his retirement after almost 17 years as their pastor.
But Grantham says he’s not sure it’s really a retirement — he says it’s more like a holding pattern or a change in season. He and his wife, Cindy, recently moved to Georgia to be closer to family.
“We’re open to ministering to the body of Christ here (in Georgia),” he said. “I signed up for the long haul in ministry. If God wants me to do pulpit supply or just be a member of a church somewhere or teach Sunday School, I’m willing. And if He wants me to pastor again, I’ll do whatever He wants me to do.”
Grantham was working in the restaurant industry in Georgia and serving as a music minister when he felt the call to serve as a pastor. In 2000, he moved to Alabama and became pastor of Concord Baptist Church, Notasulga. He served there three years, then served as interim pastor for Pepperell Baptist Church, Opelika, for nine months.
In 2004, he became pastor of Purpose Baptist.
“When I went there, they had 18 members,” Grantham said. “God blessed, and we had a number of people saved and join the church.”
They expanded the sanctuary they had, then later built a new sanctuary.
“God really blessed,” he said. “It was a wonderful time with wonderful people.”