New pastor joins Wayside Baptist ChurchPublished 10:37am Friday, July 12, 2013
A new face will appear behind the pulpit at Wayside Baptist Church Sunday, with Larry Cummings taking over the ministry.
Cummings and his wife moved to Alexander City in January 2012. He grew up in Chambers County and for the last 25 years has been a Baptist minister in Covington County.
The move to Alexander City was supposed to mark the beginning of retirement.
“We didn’t know we’d have another opportunity to be involved in pastoring a church,” Cummings said. “These folks here have been very kind and gracious to give us that opportunity.”
Cummings said said he was called to be a minister in 1977.
“God called me to the ministry, and I’ve thoroughly felt honored in being called to give leadership to local churches,” Cummings said.
Cummings said he is looking forward to seeing Wayside Baptist Grow, as have other churches where he has preached.
“They’re are just a loving a church and have a real heart for ministering to the community,” Cummings said. “We’re just going to spend some time getting acquainted and observing and see what we might be able to do to enhance the good things that are already in place. We’re looking forward to a good relationship with the poeple here and the community.”
Cummings has already instituted himself in the community with a part-time job at Radney Funeral Home, where he is involved in grief support programs – something he will continue doing.
“I’ve enjoyed being able to get acquainted with the people of the community through that,” Cummings said.