MJ Church of Christ welcomes new minister

Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, 1940 N. Mt. Juliet Road, welcomes its new minister, David R. Shannon, and his family, wife Tracie and children, Colton, Lacie and Emilie.
Shannon grew up in Centerville, Tenn., in Hickman County on a small farm.  After graduating from Hickman County High school he attended Freed-Hardeman University, where he met his wife, originally from Little Rock, Ark.
They moved from Gadsden, Ala., to Mt. Juliet in mid-August.  They had worked with the East Gadsden Church of Christ since 1991.  “We hope this work in Mt. Juliet will be long and profitable in the kingdom of the Lord,” Shannon said.
The congregation of Mt. Juliet has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade.  The attendance has doubled, the contribution has more than doubled and programs to serve the congregation, community and even foreign lands has increased also, Shannon said.
“The Lord has richly blessed this congregation and we look forward to seeing what He has in store for us in this decade to come,” he said.
“God’s word, the Bible, has answers for every aspect of life,” Shannon said.  “We plan to obey God’s word.  We plan to continue to grow.  We have over 30 babies 18 months old or younger and would love to have 30 more!

We have a minister of youth, John Thomas, that does a tremendous work involving youth and their families in the work of the Lord.
“We plan to encourage folks that are discouraged.  We want to grow by loving, encouraging and welcoming one soul at at time.  We plan to maintain strong leadership.  Presently we have six dedicated elders that are men of integrity, compassion, and vision.  We realize that we will never grow beyond our leadership, therefore we are blessed to have such capable and willing leaders.
“We plan to continue to have a place people want to visit.  Our members and teachers are friendly.  We want folks to return for a second visit and on and on,” he said.

“Please don’t misunderstand me,” Shannon said. “We are not perfect at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, but there are a whole bunch of good folks that love the Lord.  Together we are trying hard to worship and serve God as He desires.  I can’t think of a better place to be!”
For information, call (615) 758-2274.

The above article appeared in The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet , Wednesday, September 8, 1999.