Kellie Moore, wife of David Moore, pastor of Wayside Baptist Church, welcomed ministers’ wives to the 2018 Ministers’ Wives Luncheon of the Florida Baptist State Convention. She prayed a blessing over the women and asked for the Lord to encourage them and for them to encourage each other.
Christi Haag, wife of Jerry Haag, president of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child, welcomed the women and thanked them for partnering regularly with their ministry. She said they are projected to have 1,500 children in Christian foster homes this year. FBCH gifted each lady with leather-bound journals. She also reported on the progress they’ve made with their backpack program, single moms program and sex trafficking initiatives. Haag invited the women to continue to partner with all the many initiatives and ministries of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child.
Karen Green, wife of Florida Baptist Convention Executive Director-Treasurer Tommy Green, gave out the Clyde Maguire award, an award that has been presented for the past 31 years. This year’s recipient is Gail Heuer, whose husband, Pat Heuer, pastor of Flagler West Community Church in Bunnell, nominated her. The couple has been married for 44 years and have two adult children and five grandchildren. Gail’s service in women’s ministry and children’s ministry as well as her strong heart for prayer, missions and service are just some of the reasons she was nominated.
“Her concern, caring, and compassion for others are the reasons Gail deserves this award. I know her reward will be great in heaven, but it would be awesome for her to be recognized here,” Pat wrote in his nomination letter.
Author and minister’s wife Diana Davis spoke to the group about the joys of being a pastor’s wife, reminding them that “it is a blessing to serve alongside our husbands as they serve your church.” She shared three tips about serving God with all your heart:
- Serve God with real joy.
- Serve God faithfully inside your church walls.
- Serve God faithfully outside the church walls.
Davis said that a pastor’s wife can have a huge impact on her husband’s ministry and the people of the church when they embrace their role and work to touch as many lives as possible. But the success or failure of a pastor’s wife comes down to one thing:
“The only thing that matters is your faithfulness to God and your faithfulness to your marriage.”