A Texas Pastor, Hattie Mae Allen, well past her prime, gained attention after her story of marking over fifty decades preaching the gospel hit the internet.
Aged 105, Hattie Mae is still actively spreading the message of life, reports TDT News. Recently, her church members, as well as her close family and friends, gathered together in church to honour her while marking the 50th year since she heeded the Lord's call to ministry.
The simple service started with the Reverend walking in aided by a walker. Walking close to her is her sister, Bishop Aaron Toliver, the Rev. E.J. White, and her nephew, D.L. White.
Rev. Hattie Mae Allen is the pastor of Jesus, the Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth Inc., situated on 920 S. 24th St. Aging has done nothing to hinder the Reverend’s service to God.
According to Bishop Aaron Toliver of Temple, who is the overseer for her church and seven others, Rev. Hattie has been a pastor for about 60 years.
She grew up in a family of twelve children, all of whom dedicated a more substantial amount of their time to spreading the gospel. Bishop Aaron said:
“Six of them were preachers, and her father was a bishop."
As time passed, Hattie has watched many of her family members pass on, but that had never dimmed her great devotion to the ministry. Now, only two of her siblings are alive; she has a 95-year-old brother in California and her 96-year-old sister who also pastors a church situated in Phoenix, Rev. E.J. White.
Rev. E. J. White accompanied Rev. Hattie into the church alongside her nephew, D. L. White during the special occasion. The service started with a welcoming song as Hattie walked in and continued with D. L. White reading a Bible passage, 1 John 1:3, which hinged on fellowship with the Lord.
The highlight of the event came when Hattie gave her sermon in a loud and clear voice. Titled “Where are you and why are you here?” the message had the Reverend explaining that God's love is the only thing between human beings and the lake of fire.
The admiration and reverence ring through the listening members as Reverend implored everyone to be holy. Rev. Hattie:
“We have to be separate from everything that is not him. We put Jesus first.”
Rev. Hattie, ever an epitome of grace, reminds many of what leading a church and spreading the gospel should be like.
In other news, a pastor, much unlike Hattie, became viral and a subject of significant criticism after he delivered a sermon while riding on the backs of his church members. Unbelievable but true!