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Our First Full Time Pastor

Rev. Ralph Williams was our first full time pastor.  (Up until this time minister’s came two Sundays a month for the morning and evening services.  The other Sundays of the month we only had Sunday School and youth services.  We always had prayer meeting on Wednesday evening led by some Church member.)  

 

Ralph,  his wife (Aileen) and daughter (Beverly) came to our Church in 1946 and stayed until 1949.  (Can you imagine how happy we were to have a pastor living and working right here with us every day?)  

 

The pastor and his family lived in a house the Church rented on Main Street until the parsonage was built in 1947.  Church records show his beginning salary was $50.00 a week.

 

Ralph was very involved with the planning and building of the parsonage with three bedrooms and full basement.  The front bedroom was designed for the Church office. It had double glass doors opening off the living room.  The parsonage was very close to the Church building because of property lines.  Years later we purchased all the land to Main Street and Marilyn Street. 

 

Ralph was a very dedicated pastor.  His entire week was filled with Church activities including regular services (Sunday School, morning Church, evening Church, youth services and prayer meeting.)  Ralph and Aileen entertained young couples from the Church.  Many of the husbands and boyfriends were just returning from military service as Ralph had done in 1946.  He worked with the youth programs often having the young people come to their home.  

 

Ralph was very attentive to the elderly members of the Church, those in attendance and those who were homebound.  (Huldah remembers Ralph coming to visit our grandfather, Sam Choate, every Monday morning.)  A common sight on Crainville streets was Ralph, with his Bible in hand, moving from one house to another.

 

Rev. Williams was a quiet, soft-spoken man who loved the Lord and was dedicated to serving Him.  He recognized early that his ministry went far beyond the walls of the Church building.                                 (Written by Sue Ridley)

 

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