Peters Creek Baptist Church, Roseboro, held a blessed celebration May 24-25 for their pastor and wife, Dr. David and Mrs. Dot Bays, in recognition of their 50 years in the ministry for Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Their ministry began on May 24, 1964.
There were many prayers prayed for a sunshine day and as May 24 came around, it was a beautiful day. The Saturday celebration began at the Peters Creek Community Center with approximately 180 guests in attendance. Son Chris Bays, brothers Dick Bays, Bob Bays, sister, Nancy Spradlin, Brothers of Mrs. Dot, Joe Edwards, Durwood Edwards, and her sister Alice Joyce Harris, as well as other family members and friends from Ohio, Alabama, N.C., S.C. and locally gathered to give their well wishes.
In attendance was Dr. Bailey Smith from Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Randy White and the Rev. Robert Ivey of the New South River Baptist Association, the Rev. Roger White of Roseboro, the Rev. Terry Hall of Chinquapin and the Rev. Tim Thompson of Morris, Alabama.
A special hand sewn quilt made by Mrs. Doris Johnson was presented to them with quilt squares of the previous churches and years he had pastored all churches.
Many churches have been blest with their work ethic, their love for people and the Lord. Their sense of compassion is proven daily by answering the call of God as they minister all hours of the day and night.
Special Gospel Music was performed by Jerri and Larry Mercer Singers, Bobby Stolte and Sophia Bullard. It was truly a day of great fellowship for everyone.
The Sunday worship service began at 10:15 on May 25 with music lead by Dean Bays, their son. He sang their favorite song, “I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy” as a tribute to them. A video was prepared and shown by their son Jeffrey Bays depicting their life of ministry and family.
A special acknowledgement was given by the Rev. Terry Hall of his Christian Fellowship with Pastor Bays, having become a minister under his leadership.
The Peters Creek Church Choir sang “Going Home,” one of his favorite hymns. The morning message was brought by Rev. Tim Thompson from 2 Chronicles 15: 1-13 . A message of “taking courage” to stand up for the King of Kings, as it had taken courage to walk 50 years in the shoes of being a pastor. The outcome of courage is to renew the altar of the Lord and restore the altar of the church house. Rev. Thompson said “ Pastor Bays showed me the privilege of standing up for the one who died for us.”
A request had been made that a flag be flown over the Capitol in Washington D.C. on May 24 in honor of Pastor Bays.
That flag will be sent to him shortly. A flag case was presented to them by the church to encase the flag he would receive. Pastor Bays is a strong believer in both God and Country. His favorite scripture from Proverbs 3:5-6 was quoted “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Pastor Bays closed out the service by recognizing two Faithful Christian Ladies Judy Taylor and Patricia Cleveland of Glennwood Baptist Church, Morris, Alabama where he served for 18 years before returning to North Carolina and Peters Creek Church in May of 2010. With tearful eyes and voice, He said, “ It has been a wonderful 50 years and we thank you so much.”