BEREA, Ohio—On March 8, Berea Baptist Church surprised Pastor Kenneth Spink and his wife, Debbie, with a God-honoring celebration of their 25 years in the pastorate. Pastor Spink began his ministry at the church as youth pastor in 1982, when Derwin Hauser served as pastor. Two years later, Spink became the senior pastor. Although he was only 25 years old, he was regarded by the membership as having the right heart for the Lord, the Word, and the church.

Surprise guests for the celebration included Dr. Stephen and Barbara Spink, Pastor Spink’s parents from New York; three of the Spinks’ children—Ben, Kaylin, and Andrew, along with Andrew’s wife, Katie; and Pastor and Mrs. Dwight Kenyon. (Pastor Kenyon was Pastor Spink’s first pastor.) Dr. Kevin Bauder, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minn., spoke in the morning and evening services.

As part of the morning worship service, Ken’s original letter of commission was read aloud. He and Debbie then received a basket full of letters and a handmade shepherd’s staff, which members of the church later signed.