Newly-appointed assistant pastor Ron Barker spoke warmly of the McCradys’ more than 16 years of service to the Dayton church.
He and local elder Dave Hemsley then presented them with several gifts: a card expressing the congregation’s love, a scarf for Mrs. McCrady, imprinted with Jeremiah 31:3 Jeremiah 31:3The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you.
American King James Version×: “He loves you with an everlasting love;” an art work of crystal mounted on a base bearing the statement, “Thank you for being helpers of our joy and teaching us that obeying God is for our good—Deuteronomy 10:12 Deuteronomy 10:12And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
American King James Version×and 13” and a wall plaque engraved with, “Be strong and courageous. The Lord is with you, wherever you go—Joshua 1:9 Joshua 1:9Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
American King James Version×.”
After the presentation, Mr. McCrady took a few moments to express his love and appreciation for the congregation. Afterwards, the congregation and guests enjoyed a Texas-style barbecue.
Reviewing their over-46 years of doing God’s work: The McCradys have served congregations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Texas, and Ohio. As certified marriage counselors they have conducted marriage seminars at congregations throughout the United States. Mr. McCrady was festival coordinator at the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Feast site. And last year he was chosen to be regional pastor for states in the Northeast region.
As the McCradys prepare to move to Texas to be near family, even though they will be missed by Dayton and sister church Cincinnati North, the congregations share in their joy of beginning an exciting new chapter in their life!