Georgetown—It was “one of the greatest honors of my life.”

Retired pastor Glenn Armstrong (center) is surrounded by participants of the Armstrong Campus Festival of Young Preachers. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Justin Sizemore, a student at Georgetown College; Sara Clarke, who attends Baptist Seminary of Kentucky; (back row, l-r) Brittany Krebs and Andrew Noe, both students at BSK; Nick Babladelis, who attends Asbury Theological Seminary; Cristobal Lopez, a Georgetown student; and McKenzie McIntosh, a senior at Henry Clay High School, Lexington. (Photo: Paul Atkinson)

Those were the words of Pastor Glenn Armstrong September 19 after hearing seven sermons during the Armstrong Campus Festival of Young Preachers at Georgetown Baptist Church.

Armstrong, his wife, Elaine, and several family members were guests of the event in “recognition and celebration of the life and preaching ministry” of Armstrong, who was the longtime pastor of Beaver Dam Baptist Church.

Much was made over the fact that Armstrong served Beaver Dam Baptist for 40 years and stood as a faithful witness to the aspiring preachers whose experience ranged from high school to seminary. The challenge was given by Armstrong to the young preachers to develop loving relationships as the key to meaningful ministry.

It has been speculated that Armstrong has preached more than 6,000 sermons in his 40 years in the Beaver Dam pulpit. And, he noted, Elaine was the best partner and critic in helping him develop his skills as a preacher.

Glenn Armstrong began his pastoral ministry 50 years ago at the Spring Street Baptist Church in Mount Sterling, KY—the first Sunday of November, 1961—while a student at Georgetown College, and continued to pastor that church throughout his years at Southern Seminary until his call to the Beaver Dam church in 1967.

The Armstrong Campus Festival of Young Preachers was a collaborative effort of Georgetown College’s Marshall Center for Christian Ministry and the Academy of Preachers, a Louisville-based organization that encourages and empowers young people following God’s call into preaching. The students who participated each offered their reasons for wanting to preach at the Armstrong festival.

 Andrew Noe, a student at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in Georgetown, said he has been called to the ministry and wants to preach, calling the act a unique form of communication in a world crowded with media. Another BSK student, Sara Clarke, said the first time she preached was out of absolute fear as a young seminarian in a preaching class. Now with some experience, she said she was eager to preach at the Armstrong event and had developed confidence in her abilities.

“Certainly Dr. Armstrong’s presence and words will help set the course for these seven young people as they look forward to being known as loving change agents in their preaching ministries,” noted Dwight Moody, founder and president of the Academy of Preachers.

This event also inaugurated the Armstrong Preaching Scholarship Fund to assist students in their pursuit of preaching excellence.

Western Recorder, July 27, 2011