Pastor Ron Barks, who has pastored Carrabelle’s First Assembly of God church for the past 32 years, will be honored Saturday with a celebration of 50 years of his faithful service in the ministry.

Everyone in the community is invited to come to honor Pastor Barks on this special occasion, at the church’s fellowship hall on Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. But please no gifts; just your presence is requested.

Barks has been serving the Lord since 1957, and was called to the ministry in 1960 while a youth. He was licensed by the West Florida District Assemblies of God on May 7, 1964, and while waiting until he became at least age 23, the minimum age for ordination, began his ministry in the summer of 1964 working with the Indians in North Carolina. In September of the same year, he pioneered a church in Jacksonville, North Carolina as a young married man.

Barks was ordained while a member of the North Carolina District Assemblies of God on April 26, 1967.

He has pastored several churches from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and throughout North Florida. He moved to Carrabelle with his wife, Wilma Barks, now deceased, and his three girls, Marie, Ellen, and Gwen, all of whom graduated from Carrabelle High School.

He is presently married to wife, Joyce Barks.