Durant Kiwanis honored two dozen area pastors during its Pastor Appreciation Day event on Wednesday at KC Roadhouse.
Guest speaker Bob Crittendon of Ardmore inspired the various clergymen to impact the lives of the people they contact.
“I am blessed by knowing the men and women of God who serve churches,” Crittendon said. “You are a blessing to your congregations in ways you will never know.”
The local Kiwanis Club presented appreciation certificates to local pastors and church staff members. A donation was made in each pastor’s name to the Eliminate Project, which seeks to eradicate maternal/neonatal tetanus from the world.
Durant Kiwanis President Darrell Mendez presented the certificates to clergy from Grace Baptist, Durant First Baptist, Park Avenue Church of Christ in Denison, Texas, Caney First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Brown Baptist, Fairview Baptist, St. Williams Catholic, First Methodist, First Nazarene and Silo Baptist churches.
“The compassion of a pastor has a remarkable impact on the lives of people,” Crittendon said. “It’s a grand opportunity to change eternity by being a good shepherd. We lift you up today and we encourage you, because you make a difference.”
The whole group sang “America the Beautiful” as well as a stirring a cappella rendition of “God Bless America.”