Stevie Hall, 69, was a bivocational pastor with Wheelwright First Baptist. He died on Monday.
By MARK MAYNARD, Kentucky Today
WHEELWRIGHT, Ky. (KT) – Stevie Hall loved his calling as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Wheelersburg and loved his job as a self-employed truck driver. He was never out of the clock when it came to sharing the gospel.
CB Scott, the Enterprise Baptist Association’s mission strategist, spoke of his two passions during a funeral service on Saturday in McDowell, and Hall was accompanied to his final resting place by truck drivers who loved and respected this man of God. They fully understood what his life stood for without even hearing him from the pulpit.
“I’m not ashamed to say I cried when you honored your boyfriend,” Scott said in a Facebook post. “Stevie drove a truck so he could provide for his family while he served the flock God had assigned him.”
Scott said the truck drivers who came to the service knew how Hall was with the Lord. “Stevie was evangelistic on his way with the Lord,” he said. “They definitely knew He knew the Lord and shared this with many, if not all.”
Hall was one of many Kentucky Baptist part-time pastors dedicated to the Church. They are full-time in their secular workplace and full-time as the gospel representative with a flock in their care. It can be a stressful and stressful life to do both, but many, like Hall, have this strong urge from the Lord. Scott said the truth is that there really is no such thing as a bi-professional pastor.
“The men who are truly called of God to be ministers of the gospel do everything they can to obey King Jesus in their calling,” said Scott. “The preachers of the gospel of Christ are never really out of the clock. They are what and who they are every day. They either do ministry, think about ministry, plan ministry, or pray about ministry. Sometimes they sleep. “
Scott said Hall and his wife were school friends and met when she was only 13 years old. She grew up with a strong Christian background, but Stevie was not a believer. They started dating, and in time Stevie asked her to marry him. She said, “I won’t” and he asked her why. She said, ‘Well the truth is, I shouldn’t even go out with you because you’re an unbeliever. One day he told her he was going to church. He left, but she was a little discouraged – these are her words – because it was a Gideon speaker that day. Before he finished his presentation, Stevie said, the Lord moved me. He got up during the Gideon presentation and moved on and became a believer. She said six weeks later they got married because they were together forever and she saw a change in his life. “
Hall, his wife, and Rita Daniels were the heartbeats of Wheelwright Church. After a controversial time in the Church in 2012, he became a pastor.
“He brought healing to a troubled church,” said Scott. “Stevie stepped forward and became a pastor. He, his wife, and one other woman financed the Church. ”
Two years ago, he said these three were funded for children to attend Baptist camps where 13 made decisions for Christ. “They were very missionary,” he said.
Hall, 69, died on Monday at ARH Hazard Medical Center of complications from COVID-19. He leaves behind his wife, Sherry, and two grown children, a son, Byron, and a daughter, Megan.