By Jennifer Gardner
Minister David Shannon and his family moved to Mt. Juliet from Alabama last week to become the new minister of the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ located on Mt. Juliet Road.
Shannon — a native to Hickman County, Tennessee — began preaching in small churches at the early age of 14.
Many churches in rural, Hickman County, couldn’t afford to hire full time ministers, so they took different volunteers for different Sundays, Shannon said. “Counting
my volunteering, I have been preaching well over half my life,” he stated.
Shannon is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University with a degree in Business a minor in Bible.
Shannon and his wife, Tracie, met in college and were married shortly before they graduated.
After graduation, the couple moved to Long Island, New York, to become full-time minister at a Christian boys ranch. They worked and ministered to troubled teens there for two years.
After leaving New York, Shannon and his wife accepted a minister position for a small church in Gadsden, Alabama. The couple have resided in Alabama for the past eight years, until they moved to Mt. Juliet last week.
“Moving to Mt. Juliet was one of the hardest decision I have ever had to make,” Shannon said.
“But Mt. Juliet is such a growing community and there is so much potential for spiritual growth there, I knew I had to move,” he said.
The Shannons’ have three young children — Colton, Lacie and Emilie.
“My plan is to come up with a vision of what God’s will is for the community,” he said. “I hope this church can be a spiritual pillar to the Mt. Juliet community,” he stated. Shannon will began preaching Sunday, August 22.
The above article appeared in the Mt. Juliet News, Thursday, August 19, 1999.