After 52 years with same congregation, Texas minister stepping down
John M. Davis, minister of the Ridgewood Church of Christ in Beaumont, Texas, is stepping down after 52 years with that congregation.
Davis said in a letter to members that the congregation will remain his church home “until Jesus calls me home.”
The Elders and I have diligently and prayerfully considered Ridgewood and its future. We all passionately want Ridgewood to grow, prosper and bring glory to God. By mutual agreement we have agreed that I hereby submit my resignation effective January 8, 2012.
FeedbackI have known John since 1997. We have worked together at Camp Red Oak Springs and other area wide events. You knew this day would come … But I am surprised at how sad this is. He has blessed me and my family … and no doubt many more. Thanks John. God bless you.
Craig Peters, Missionary to AustraliaCraig PetersOctober, 28 2011That’s great John – a wonderful example of an excellent minister and congregation. May God bless the Ridgewood congregation!PreacherOctober, 28 2011We have known John Davis most of those 52 years and have been very blessed by his friendship, teachings and example. John has an almost unique talent of delivering lessons in a way and with such talent and insight that it really causes one to reflect on what he says well after the delivery and to want to dig a little deeper into what was presented. He is a true servant of the Lord and devotes almost all his energies to serving the Lord and teaching others. Our extended family has been blessed by the comfort he has given by presiding at our parents funeral services and also for an uncle. His love for Camp Red Oak Springs, where both of our daughters were baptized, has been a great influence on many young people and his love for HANNAH’S HOPE mission work has also been a great way of blessing so many young people. We wont miss John because his retirement only means he will be more available to visit us at our home in Huntsville, Tx or our cabin in Cloudcroft, NM where we have tried to get him come through several invitations. God bless you John.
Jim and Pat LanierJim and Pat LanierOctober, 28 2011John – my mother, Fraces (Pope) Wood, sends her best wishes to you. Mom lives with us here in Searcy, Ar. She has Alzheimers but is still doing good most days. Danny WoodDanny WoodOctober, 29 2011Hi Jim
God has richly blessed you and you have been such a blessing to so many in your great life of servant-hood. We are happy that we got to know you back in Pretoria South Africa many years ago.
God’s richest blessings
Phillip and Lucy SteynPhillip & Lucy SteynOctober, 29 2011Hi Jim
Wishing you everything of the best in your well earned retirement. You did a great job.
Phillip and Lucy Steyn ex Pretoria South Africa.Phillip & Lucy SteynOctober, 29 2011My history with John goes back to a congregation before Ridgewood. New Boston, a small town in east Texas was touched by John and his family. Even though I was very small then, John has infuenced the lives of my family. The older members of the congregation there still consider him to be the finest preacher they ever had.
Thank you John for all you have meant to the ministry over the years.Don BoswellOctober, 29 2011I know John and his example to those of us who are a little younger has been fantastic. I had heard of John for years before moving to Woodville over 12 years ago. He is my friend and brother and we are glad we got to know him on our way to heaven.Keith BellamyOctober, 30 2011Thank you for all the years you poured your life into Camp Red Oaks Springs. I was baptized in the camp swimming pool in 1969. I have very fond memories of camp.
Elnice Davis, daughter of Elmer & Bernice Coulter from Sulphur, LA.Elnice DavisNovember, 2 2011I have known John all my life as my grandfather – Rastus Bowers – and uncle – Elray Wilson – served as elders at Ridgewood. It was my pleasure to do my grandmother’s funeral (Agnes Steele Blackmon Bowers)at Ridgewood and for the guidance that John gave me prior to performing that task. I know this is a late entry to this post, but just wanted John to know how much I have appreciated him and his family over the many years of my growing up.Danny BowersMarch, 14 2013