M.O. Owens has made a profound impact on my life and on the lives of countless other pastors and lay leaders. I first met him more than 30 years ago. I was a young pastor in Charlotte who was concerned about the future direction of our state convention. A friend suggested I meet Dr. Owens, who pastored in nearby Gastonia. A friendship was forged, leading me to invite him to gatherings of other pastors who shared our burden.
Owens became a mentor and friend who encouraged me, counseled me and prayed for me. So when our mutual friend, Don Warren, called me several months ago to let me know about a building that was being named in Owens’ honor, I knew the Biblical Recorder
must tell this story. Please read the story
I wrote about this 105-year-old Baptist pastor who is still walking, talking and looking great. You’ll see how his vision for Christian education has flourished under the banner of Gaston Christian School.
Looking back at N.C. Baptists’ annual meeting last week, I’m thankful for all who visited the Biblical Recorder’s
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This week's print edition is loaded with stories from the annual meeting in Greensboro. I hope you take time to read each one. You will be encouraged and challenged!