GALLIPOLIS — Alvis Pollard has served in Christian Ministry at First Baptist Church in Gallipolis since June 2 in 1974. For 43 years he has served as youth minister, associate pastor, and senior pastor since 2005, and is now retiring after many years of preaching and caring for the community.
Pollard is originally from Tarboro, N.C. where he grew up in a baptist church. Knowing that working in ministry was on the horizon, he attended Piedmont Bible College earning a five-year Bachelor’s in Theology. After his collegiate studies he was hired on as the youth minister in 1974 at FBC Gallipolis. He served in this role for nearly 20 years, saying he loved every minute of it.
“Don’t ever believe that Youth Ministry is a stepping stone, it is its’ own joy and ministry,” said Pollard.
During his time in Gallipolis he and his wife Brenda had four children who all attended Ohio Valley Christian School; which Pollard helped start through FBC.
Some of his memorable moments while serving in Gallipolis have been starting OVCS in 1977, which has graduated nearly 400 students since. He remembered fondly three revivals in the late 1970’s led by B.R. Lakin, a globally known preacher and evangelist. One of his favorite memories is attending camps and seeing God work in the lives of teenagers and the community, he explained.
“Aaron Young is coming back to be our Senior Pastor. He is a local boy and I’m excited about the future here,” said Pollard.
In retirement, Pollard plans to spend some extended time with his four children and their nine grandchildren. After traveling to visit with family, Alvis and Brenda will return to Gallia County to encourage local churches and fill pulpits as needed.
“I worked under three really good men, Pastor Wahl, Godwin, and Conn; I hope to encourage and be helpful to churches here like they were to me,” explained Pollard.
The transition to the new pastor will take place soon. To learn more about First Baptist Church Gallipolis visit www.fbcgallipolis.org.
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