Doing the pastor shuffle
January 4 2001 by Tony Cartledge , BR Editor

Doing the pastor shuffle | Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001

Doing the pastor shuffle

By Tony Cartledge BR Editor

Vernon Braswell is a long-time pastor who has served Rosewood First Baptist Church for the past 12-1/2 years. Braswell retired as senior pastor Dec. 31, but he and the members at Rosewood began planning for the transition several years ago. In September of 1999, E.C. Mattocks was called to be minister of youth and associate pastor, with the stated expectation that he would become senior pastor upon Braswell's retirement.

By his set retirement date, however, Braswell and the church were not ready for him to enter full retirement, so he and Mattocks are swapping places. As of Jan. 1, Mattocks became senior pastor, and Braswell moved to part time as associate pastor.

It turns out that Braswell was Mattocks' pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Clinton, where Mattocks grew up. When Mattocks, at the age of 11, professed his faith in Christ, Braswell baptized him.

Now the tables are turned and Mattocks gets to be pastor to his own former pastor.

Many preachers would get the heebie-jeebies at the thought of such an arrangement, but Braswell and Mattocks - not to mention the folks at Rosewood - have confidence in their ability to function well in differing roles.

The Rosewood church also recently called Steve Porter as director of youth ministries. Porter, who is working toward a Master of Divinity degree at the Campbell University Divinity School, also plans to become a pastor. With Braswell and Mattocks around, he won't lack for mentors.

We wish God's good blessings on this ministry team and the people it serves.

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