Pastor Barks marks golden anniversary

Babs Bailey, who attended Bible college with Ron Barks, greets the pastor. Photo available for purchase

Babs Bailey, who attended Bible college with Ron Barks, greets the pastor.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 09:31 AM.

If a pastor most clearly reflects the character of God, then the Lord speaks softly, smiles easily and sings sweetly.

A 50-year-long illustration of this can be found in Ron Barks, who took in a party in his honor Saturday afternoon, marking 50 years as an Assembly of God minister, the last 32 in Carrabelle.

With plans for 50 more.

“I’m hoping to be able to,” he said. “I’ve prayed about it a lot. I’m just not ready to lay it down. I think I can appreciate Him a whole lot more now.

“A lot of crises, you’re stumbling through it, and you’ve never found it, and you find in that crisis that God is faithful,” said Barks.

Barks was flanked at the celebration by his three daughters, various extended family and plenty of well-wishers from his congregation and the church community throughout Carrabelle.

Closest to him was his wife Joyce, a former resident of Charlotte, North Carolina who Barks wooed, and won, a few years after the death of his wife Wilma after their many years together.

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