Mr. Bishop (GA) – Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to extend my personal congratulations to the Reverend David L. Stanley, the beloved pastor of Union Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia, who will be celebrating 25 years at this wonderful church. On Sunday, July 8, 2012, he will be honored by his congregation at Union Baptist Church for this important milestone.
Rev. Stanley, the second youngest of five children, was born to Charles and Anna Stanley. He grew up in Dublin, Georgia and attended M.M. Burdell Elementary School and Northeast High School in Macon, Georgia.
Rev. Stanley went on to receive a Certificate of Diploma in Old and New Testament Studies from Moody Bible College. He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Carolina University in Lincolnton, North Carolina. However, Rev. Stanley’s studies have not concluded as he strives to continue to understand and keep abreast of the Word of God.
Before becoming pastor of Union Baptist Church, Rev. Stanley served as a Sunday School teacher, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent. He received God’s call to the ministry in 1985 and accepted pastoral duties at Union Baptist Church two years later in 1987.
Union Baptist Church has had an enduring history. After relocating many times since the church was founded in 1893, a church at the present site was built in 1963. Many improvements and additions have been made since then and groundbreaking for the new edifice was held on November 27, 1999, during Rev. Stanley’s tenure. Two years later, on April 1, 2001, the new sanctuary was unveiled and dedicated to the Lord.
Under Rev. Stanley’s leadership, Union Baptist Church has grown not only in size, but also in faith. Always pressing towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, in order to better improve the craft of Christian discipleship, Rev. Stanley’s philosophy emphasizes the importance of instructing his flock and others in becoming more knowledgeable about God’s Word. Putting his philosophy into action, he implemented the Union Baptist Non-Accredited Bible School to enhance regular Bible study among members of his congregation and the community.
As a servant of God, Rev. Stanley is also a servant of others. He has received a “Key to the City” for his community work. Always endeavoring to motivate others, he was chosen as one of Macon’s Most Inspirational Speakers by the residents of the city. He is also involved in the Union Baptist Association, the Georgia Baptist Convention and the Baptist Minister’s Union.
Rev. Stanley is a great and inspirational leader, but none of this would have been possible without the love and support of his wife, Deborah, and his son, David, Jr.
Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join me today in congratulating Reverend David L. Stanley for 25 outstanding years of pastorship at Union Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia. He has truly implemented the Word of God in his congregation and in the community. I am profoundly grateful for his outstanding Christian stewardship and dedication to his church and family.
Truly to God be the glory!