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A strand of three chords

Different generations of Georgia Baptist pastors share same platform?

 

GREY — Three generations of Georgia Baptist pastors came together Aug. 16 to lead members of Bradley Baptist Church in worship.

Ralph Bobo, 84, led the prayer time at the church where his son Richard, 54, directs music. Richard’s son, Aaron, 21, had been invited by Bradley’s pastor, Steve Johnson, to preach.

Aaron Bobo serves as minister to students and youth at?Genetian Baptist Church in Columbus. A graduate of Columbus State University, he’ll begin earning his master’s degree at New Orleans Seminary this January.

“It was a cool experience and not something many people get to do,” he said.

Growing up in the metaphorical glass house of a pastor’s family wasn’t easy, he admitted. As a small boy, he often discounted the ministry as an career option.

“Because of some of the things we went through, I never thought I’d grow up doing this,” he said.

Perceptions change with age and maturity, though. What seemed fruitless to a young teen took on a different image just years later.

“As a child you’re kind of along for the ride,” he recollected, “but as an adult you see the result of your parents investing in others.

In addition to God’s calling, a difference-maker [in going into the ministry] was seeing people coming up over the years and thanking them for their service.

“You realize the effects of ministry aren’t immediate and they weren’t wasting their time all those years. It’s a great thing to see.”

Richard Bobo, a graduate of Shorter College and Southern Seminary, was ordained by First Baptist Watkinsville and is currently working toward his doctorate through Golden Gate Seminary. During his ministry he has served as pastor at Poston Road Baptist Church in Riverdale, Whitewater Baptist in Brooks, First Congregational Baptist in Douglas, and Fellowship Baptist Church in Palmetto.

A pastor and missionary veteran for 61 years, Ralph Bobo earned degrees from Mercer and Southern Seminary. Ordained at Beecher Hills Baptist in Atlanta, he served as pastor at Elshareth Baptist Church in Cochran, Haddock Baptist Church, Ramah Baptist Church in Palmetto, First Baptist Watkinsville, and Center Hill Baptist in Loganville.

In 1989, the eldest Bobo was commissioned by the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) as a national Senior Adult Consultant Missionary. His wife, Nell, was appointed as associate to the director of Mission Service Corps at the HMB for 16 years Later she chronicled the early history of the MSC program in “Driven by a Dream,” released at the 1992 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Indianapolis.