A white Texas pastor and businessman who has been described as the “epitome of faithfulness” was recently chosen by a predominantly black congregation to be their leader.
“I thank God for this moment in time that is unique and different,” Pastor Jack Teeler told NBCDFW at his inauguration to assume his new role at Harvey Avenue Baptist Church. “It’s certainly different for me.”
“I didn’t even apply for the job. They called me. They said God put it in their heart,” recalled Teeler, who is also president and CEO of Eyecrafters in Fort Worth, an eyewear and eye care retailer.
For 53 years, the church was led by Rev. Robert Rogers, who passed away earlier this summer.
It was shortly after Rogers’ death that the deacons at Harvey Avenue Baptist Church reached out to Teeler who was serving as an assistant pastor at West Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Como. They asked him to preach for one Sunday and they were pleased. Members felt a strong connection.
“Pastor Teeler? I have to pack a sack lunch for you all,” Shirley Mayes, 77, the church’s secretary who worked with Rogers for 50 years said. “I could tell you so much about him. He’s a great, great, loving, caring man.”
Rev. Wendell Campbell, who leads West Mount Moriah and has known Teeler for a decade called him “the epitome of faithfulness.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair