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UC 1st Baptist to welcome Sewells to new pastorate

UC 1st Baptist to welcome Sewells to new pastorate

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:10 pm

The Messenger, August 4, 2011
Dr. Cecil O. Sewell Jr. has won the hearts and minds of the congregation of Union City First Baptist Church while serving as the congregation’s interim pastor over the past several months. This Sunday, when he delivers his sermon, he will be speaking as the new pastor of the church.
Sewell and his wife of 53 years, Sharon, will be adding the names of members of the Union City house of worship to their memory of beloved church family from seven other churches where he has been the pastor and five other congregations where he has served as interim during his 56 years of ministry.
The Sewells, who have been making their home in Middle Tennessee, include in their family their son and daughter-in-law, Cecil Sewell III and Markel Sewell; their daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Bret Dawkins; and four grandchildren.
He earned his bachelor of arts degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., in 1958 and completed graduate studies at the University of Alabama in 1962. In 1982, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Houston Baptist University.
He has also received training and certification from the Tennessee Baptist Convention as a transitional interim pastor.
During his service as a minister, he has been in churches in Anniston, Tuscaloosa, McCalla and Birmingham in Alabama; in Houston; and in Orleans, France. He has also been an interim pastor for Alabama congregations in Birmingham, Florence, Huntsville and Gadsden.
Sewell has as his ministry goal to “please Christ in all I do; to be used by God to develop loving, unified, committed church families who can accomplish the tasks of missions and evangelism; to be a faithful shepherd.”
Former church members praise Sewell as an example of a “God-called” man who “should write a book for young people in the ministry on how to be a pastor.”
“His gift of preaching God’s Word is unexcelled. His sermons are simple, powerful and direct and always lead the hearer to Jesus,” says Lyn Martin of Anniston.
Members of Union City First Baptist Church say they are delighted to welcome the Sewells and feel their coming is an answer to prayer. They invite the community to join them for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Sundays and again on Wednesdays for Bible study at 6 p.m.

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