The past two months have been a whirlwind for Pastor Ben Posey and his wife, Tori. They have moved across the state, traveled around the world, adopted a son and gained a new family of faith at First Baptist Church of Leroy.
Posey, a native of Gordo, a small Pickens County town, is a graduate of the University of Mobile and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The family moved from Kinston where Ben served as pastor at First Baptist Church.
The couple has four children, Gabe, 9, Asher, 6, and Kristian and Asher, both 2 1/2 years old, but most definitely not twins. Kristian joined the family through adoption in early June. He is from China, but is learning English quickly with the help of his siblings.
Posey served as youth minister at Thomasville Baptist Church between his college and seminary years and says that he is excited to be back in southwest Alabama. Within weeks of accepting the call to come to FBC Leroy, the Poseys were bound for China to meet Kristian and bring him home. “Our parents unpacked our house while we were in China,” Posey laughed. The Poseys’ oldest son, Gabe, accompanied his parents on the China trip.
The pastor says that he and his family felt at home in Leroy almost immediately and that the support from the church staff and congregation is both tremendous and humbling. When asked what he would like the community to know about First Baptist Leroy, Posey answered, “First Baptist Leroy is a generous church. It is a loving church, a caring church. It’s a serving church. The people are very welcoming and they want to see God glorified. What God has accomplished here so far is a testament to the faithfulness of the people here through the years and their commitment to prayer, to giving and to missions.”
Mid-week services take place on Wednesday evenings at 6. The entire congregation meets at appointed places on the church campus each Wednesday. In previous years, various groups of adults have met on a revolving Wednesday night schedule, but recently the church has gone back to a traditional Wednesday night prayer meeting. While the children and youth meet at their designated areas, adult members gather in the sanctuary to pray. “We are seeking God’s guidance, not only for personal growth, but for the direction of our church. We want what you experience at the Sunday services to be an overflow of what we do on Wednesday night. Prayer is essential both individually and corporately.”
The church has chosen to be intentional about prayer and will host a prayer conference Nov. 4-7. Posey says that the focus of this conference will be to pray for revival in the church and as a result, in the community.
The Sunday morning worship service takes place at 9 and Sunday evenings include discipleship training at 6 and preaching at 7.
Posey joins a well-established church staff that includes children’s minister Tara Anderson, music/senior adult minister Dave Delegal and youth minister Chris Giles.
The church is located at 24957 County Road 34 in Leroy. Posey and the staff, along with the congregation, invite all to come and find a place to serve.
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