Sunday afternoon, friends and family came to Sabathani Missionary Baptist Church to honor Rev. Edwin J Davis of For Walton Florida as he was installed as the new Pastor.
Opening the service, the Laymen of First West Florida District began with a hymn and a prayer. The Moderator of the Northwest District, Rev. Willie Demps presided.
As the pastor and the First Lady marched in, Sabathani Missionary Baptist Church Chorus sang “Walk in the Light” and “God’s Grace”.
Rev. Edwin and First Lady Sister L. Davis were blessed with their families and the Sabathani Church family along with three other church; Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church-Rev. Matthew Paynes Pastor; Beulah Baptist Church of Fort Walton Fl-Rev. Scottie Thigpen, Pastor.
Born September 27, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama to (the late) George and Vera Tolbert, he is a product of the Mobile County school system. After High School in 1972, Pastor Davis enlisted in the United State Air Force. He did tours of duty in Florida,
Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, Great Britain, Arkansas and finally retiring in Ft. Walton Florida as a Master Sergeant with over 22 years of honorable military service.
A man of God, his favorite mottos is “You cannot keep doing the same thing and get a different result. In order to get a different result, you have to do something different.
Rev. Davis came with God’s vision for Sabanthani and the members have embraced the vision. “We are greatly excited about being a Beacon Light to the city of Pensacola transforming lives throughout the word of God,” he said.
Pastor Scottie Thigpen charged the pastor “You are to preach and teach the pure doctrine of God’s Word, administer the Sacraments according to Christ’s institution and pray for the spiritual welfare of everyone under your care. You are to devote yourself to the meditation and the Scriptures. You are to be an example to others in godliness and Christian living. Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship’; do the work of an evangelist; discharge all the duties of your ministry. (II Timothy 4:2,5)
In his charge to the congregation, Pastor Nelson Farmer told them “Pray for the Pastor continually that his ministry among you might be greatly blessed. There is nothing that your Pastor needs more than your prayers. Listen to his preaching of the Word, receiving it not as a word of men, but the Word of God. Work together with him for our Lord’s kingdom so that by your works of service the Body of Christ might be built up. Honor him and love him.
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