Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Real Deal

Rev. Caudle Adkins, Jr was born in 1927. He always said that to celebrate his birth, Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight across the Atlantic, and Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs.

Like many young men of “The Greatest Generation” he felt the call to join the military in World War II. So he lied about his age, and quit school to join the Navy. When being processed into boot camp he was asked the standard question on his religion. His reply was, “I don’t have any religion.” The clerk said you must have some kind of religion, and Dad replied that his mother was a Baptist, so BANG, he was listed as a protestant.

After the War, he came back to Logan County where he drove a Pepsi truck and eventually went to work in the coal mines where is father worked. He was saved in a revival meeting in the basement of an old store building in Rossmore, WV and soon thereafter yielded to a call from God to preach the Gospel that had changed his life. He was ordained into the ministry in 1949, the same year he married my mother. They have been together ever since and celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Over the past 61 years in the ministry he has served 7 churches in WV and Ohio as pastor, and has held more than 500 revival meetings from Michigan to Florida. He has preached in all types of Baptist churches (Free Will, United, Missionary, Independent, American and Southern). Other churches he has preached in include Methodist, Evangelical United Brethren, Nazarene, Churches of God, and non denominational community churches. For 32 years he has hosted “The Lighthouse” radio ministry on Saturday afternoons, on WEMM FM.

By a conservative estimate, Dad has preached more than 10,000 sermons, and has been used by God to help win hundreds and hundreds of people into the Kingdom. One of his lasting legacies is that his oldest son and oldest Grandson are also Baptist pastors.

Tonight, we will have a big rally in the East End of Huntington, where several churches from our Association will join together to be challenged by Dr. Frank Page to focus more on evangelism. I thought it would be appropriate this morning to have as our speaker at Westmoreland Baptist Church, a man who has done just that for more than 6 decades.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

God bless the Adkins family. Such good people.