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J. O. Purcell Recognized as Pastor Emeritus

By June 1, 2015No Comments

Purcells_inlineTHE  VILLAGES, Fla.—J. O. Purcell has been named pastor emeritus of Tri County Baptist Church. He retired on Dec. 31, 2014, after serving the church as pastor since 2002.

This new phase of life marked a second retirement for him and follows five decades in ministry. J. O. initially retired after 40 years of pastoral ministry at Bible Baptist Church, Romeoville, Ill., and Heritage Baptist Church, Lakeland, Fla. Then he and his wife, Juanita, along with nine other charter members started Tri County Baptist Church near The Villages in December 2002. He was asked to be the pastor. The church has seen much growth with the addition of many new members, leading to a new building and a larger space for Christian education. (Read “Tri County Baptist Passes Baton of Leadership.“)

In addition to their responsibilities as pastor and wife, J. O. has served on the GARBC Council of Eighteen for 30 years, was representative of the Wisconsin Association of Regular Baptist Churches for five years, and has served on many organizations’ boards. Juanita is a popular speaker at ladies’ events and is the author of several women’s Bible studies, the devotionals Be Still, My Child and 15 Minutes with the Master, and Women’s Ministries Handbook, all published by Regular Baptist Press. Together the Purcells wrote How to Stay Sane When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.

Tri County Baptist bestowed the honor of pastor emeritus upon J. O. on Sunday morning, May 17 and recognized his wife, Juanita, for her faithful partnership and productive ministry. The congregation began giving the Purcells a monthly honorarium and took an offering to cover their expenses to attend the GARBC Annual Conference June 29—July 3 in Omaha. After the morning service, Pastor George and Michelle Prinzing and the deacons and their wive hosted the Purcells at a celebration meal.