LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – A half century ago, Johnny Aldridge agreed to serve temporarily as treasurer at Fellowship Baptist Church until the congregation could find someone to fill the position.
Aldridge, who also is the church moderator and chairman of deacons, was honored on Sunday for 50 years of service as treasurer.
“He has always been a big help,” said Pastor Tim Johnson. “When funds were high, he celebrated. When funds were low, he encouraged.”
Aldridge, 72, said he feels that the church has been a greater help to him than he has been to church, especially when his late wife, Alene, his assistant treasurer, was ill. She died last year.
Lowell Ashby, head of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Finance and Business Serivces Team, presented Aldridge with an award for the reaching the golden anniversary milestone on Sunday. Ashby said Aldridge is to be congratulated for his service to the church and for the trust he has earned through his years of service.
Fellowship Baptist Church reaches out not only to Lawrenceburg, but also shares the gospel throughout Kentucky, across the country and around the world through its support of the Cooperative Program, which is described by Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood as “the greatest evangelistic initiative of our time.”
Fellowship Baptist Church has given more than $40,000 through the Cooperative Program over Aldridge’s tenure to share the gospel in numerous ways, including helping cover the cost of international missionaries, helping provide care for abused and neglected children at Sunrise Children’s Services, supporting Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers who are among the first to respond after tragedies strike, and helping to train the next generation of pastors through Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, the University of the Cumberlands, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, among others.