REDDING, Calif.—Pastor Al and Pat Franklin are retiring after 40 years of faithful ministry at Grace Baptist Church. A retirement celebration and reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 at the church. If you would like to attend or obtain more information, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-222-2128.
Al began pastoring Grace Baptist Church in 1975, having pastored McKinleyville (California) Baptist Church since 1968. “To many who know Pastor Franklin and have been blessed by his ministry, he is regarded as one of fundamental Christianity’s premier Bible expositors,” says David R. Nicholas in “Pastor Al Franklin Awarded Doctor of Divinity Degree.”
Al holds degrees from Western Baptist Bible College (BS in theology, cum laude, 1964) and San Francisco Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv in theology and Greek, magna cum laude, 1967).
In addition to pastoring, he has imparted his Bible knowledge on students, teaching freshman Bible and senior Bible at Liberty Christian High School, a ministry of Grace Baptist Church, as well as Bible exposition and homiletics at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School and Cornerstone Bible Institute in South Dakota.
In 2013 Shasta awarded both Al and Pat honorary degrees: Al received an honorary doctor of divinity degree, and Pat an honorary BA degree in recognition of her 45 years of Christian service as a pastor’s wife, author of children’s books, and godly mother and grandmother.
“We are grateful for Pastor Franklin’s faithfulness to Christ and God’s infallible, inerrant Word,” said Nicholas, president of Shasta, in 2013. “We rejoice over his impact and influence here in Northern California and especially on the multitudes of young people who have been inspired and challenged by Al and Pat’s consistent example of excellence in so many areas of Christian life and ministry.”