Once again using the motto “Where Love Surrounds,” Dr. Paul Mason will continue a lifelong calling which has taken him around the world over several decades and now leads him back to Chattooga County. Previously serving as a Chaplain in the United States Army both stateside and abroad, Mason has also served as pastor to churches in Tennessee, Texas, Nebraska and Georgia and, included among those, Summerville First Baptist where he served from 2001 through 2006 and again later that decade. Mason returns now to serve all of Chattooga County and will be installed as pastor of Summerville First Baptist Church on Sunday.
A native of Tennessee, Mason was called into Christian ministry at the age of 25. Following his undergraduate degree at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, he moved his young family including his wife Barbara and two daughters to Fort Worth, Texas where he entered the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. There, he studied and earned a Master of Divinity Degree and later a Doctorate in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Even with these years of advanced study, Mason still gives a wide smile and tells everyone he prefers to be addressed as “Brother Paul.”
As they return to Chattooga County, Paul and Barbara Mason bring the experience of raising five children. Now all grown, they include Lisa Mason, a nationally known journalist, TV host, and author of Big Life Lessons from that Still Small Voice. In addition to the lessons offered, daughter Lisa Mason’s book provides interesting, humorous, and thought provoking glimpses into the life of the Mason family which includes siblings Mandi, Missy, Matthew, and Micah.
According to Dr. Mason, “It is a blessing and a joy for Barbara and me to be serving once again at Summerville First Baptist Church. We have a long history with the congregation and the Summerville community. We love the church and we love the people of the community. Summerville feels more like home than any of the many places we have lived before. To know the people of Summerville and Chattooga County is to love them. We are very proud to be a part of you again. May God bless all of you.”
Just as Mason’s previous times in Summerville led to periods of growth and major undertakings, this time begins a period of transition. He has previously provided motivation for building the large Family Life Center, which is now enjoyed by the entire community, and inspiration for erecting a Tabernacle of Prayer, which served the community for several years and now continues with an open outdoor altar. The return of Mason’s ministry to Summerville is viewed as the start of yet another growth spurt-a period of growth, service, teaching, worship, and outreach.
The installation service for Dr. Paul Mason will be held during the combined contemporary and traditional worship service Sunday morning March 19th at 11 a.m. at Summerville First Baptist Church which is located at 125 Georgia Avenue, Summerville, Georgia just across from Summerville City Hall. Everyone is invited to attend this service or any of the upcoming events and activities.
For further information, contact the church office at 706-857-1215 or visit facebook or www.summervillefirst.com.