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From One Minster to Another

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

October is Pastor/Clergy Appreciation Month, and this coming Sunday (October 14th) is Clergy Appreciation Day, so I thought I would take (more than) a few words to express some appreciation for those who have been pastors in my life.

The first real pastor I ever knew was John Granger, Sr. Dr. Granger is my best friend's (John Jr.) dad. I met him when I was in the third grade and ever since he has been a sort of second father to me. As a kid, I knew he was a pastor, but I never felt the uncomfortable pressure of having to conform to some false sense of piety whenever I was in his presence. Whenever I would play or spend the night with John, I never felt like his dad saw me as a "potential convert," a soul in need of saving. I felt like a normal kid.
As I got older, Dr. Granger became a steady presence of a man of faith in my life, showing me that church-folks could be kind, generous, and unapologetically intelligent. He, his wife Kathy, their daughters Charis and Denise, and their son John (my life-long best friend) have been a second family to me, and there really aren't enough words to express my gratitude for all they've done for me in my life, so I have to begin these words about clergy appreciation with my deepest appreciation for Dr. john Granger, Sr.

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