The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Welcome to my new blog site, The 23rd Pastor.  My name is John McCallum, and I have been a lead pastor since 1982.  Since that time I have served only two churches: First Baptist Church of Greenwood, Missouri (now Fellowship Greenwood) and First Baptist Church of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  I am just completing my 24th year as pastor of this good congregation.

A little background: I have been married to Dayna for 41 years.  We have two grown children and seven grandchildren.  In other words, I’m old :).  But old is not so bad when you’ve been taking a few notes along life’s journey.  At this stage of my ministry, I feel compelled to share out of my decades of experience in the hopes of encouraging other pastors and ministers in the church.

Education: I received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  And I received both an M.Div. and a D.Min. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.  And having served as a lead pastor for almost four decades, I have also earned my degree from the School of Hard Knocks.

Last October I published the book, The 23rd Pastor.   (I’ll post the Amazon link at the bottom of this page, if you’re interested.)  The book has been well-received by both pastors and laity.  The interest the book has received has inspired me to do a little blogging on the pastoral life: pastoral care, preaching, leadership.  Years ago, I began a blog called Life at the Altar in which I address a variety of issues.  Some of those posts apply to pastoral life, most are posts addressing a variety of issues.  This blog, The 23rd Pastor, will focus on pastoral matters only.

I hope you’ll join me on the journey, interact along the way, and create a little community of brothers and sisters longing to be the shepherds God has called us to be.

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