Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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November 6, 2012

Faith keeps pastor in pulpit at 84

Congregation to host appreciation day — Enthusiasm may not be the most important quality in keeping a good job going, but it certainly hasn’t hurt Brother Malcom Eugene Sellers in almost 60 years behind a pulpit.

A journey that’s taken him from California to Texas, Sellers has spent quite a few hours spreading the good word, each more cherished than the previous. At 84 he couldn’t be any happier than in front of his current congregation in Pauls Valley and for around 22 years he’s been leading the way at Faith Temple Pentecostal Church.

“I feel like God called me to the ministry 59 years ago and I’ve been here ever since,” said Sellers. “I just wish I had 40 more years to give to it.”

It is the spirit of Sellers not slowing down anytime soon at the church in its current location off of Highway 19 East just outside of town that many worshipers have come to embrace. It’s why his church family has decided to host a pastor’s appreciation day Sunday, Nov. 11, to not only admire how he’s kept the faith up but growth of the church that includes the 14,000 square feet building where they meet.

“I enjoy everything, visiting with the people, praying with them, checking on them in the hospital,” said Sellers. “Just being with the people, people coming to the alter and getting saved.”

Helping in the celebration are those like David Layton, the church’s youth leader, who has spent 15 years working with Sellers and can’t wait each day to help see the church’s mission through.

He’ll be there to help welcome people when the celebration kicks off with the regular service at 10 a.m. and includes fellowship as well as a message by Rev. Gerald Ellis.

“I can tell you Brother Sellers is very dedicated to his job,” said Layton, who welcomes people to the celebration who either worked with or attended service with Sellers in the past.

“He had a vision of building this new church and filling it up.”

Seller’s wife Edith admits she’s slowed some in recent years, but still enjoys helping out and seeing the results of his work in the community.

In the past she has helped him cook for many parishioners be it for a lunch or even a special occasion and is proud of his other accomplishments that includes at one point being the district minister over 82 churches in the region and earning honors from completing seminary in 2003.

“When we came we just fell in love with the pastor,” said Sue Yeargan, a member of Faith Temple who hasn’t been with the church long, but is regularly involved. “It’s a church for all people.”

In the end, Sellers noted what has kept him going so long is that there will always be plenty of people who need to hear God’s message. He feels this is true despite good or bad times and has welcomed how each experience holds a lesson.

“You just get busy and do what you can for God,” said Sellers. “People not coming to church worries me more than anything.”

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