CRESTON —Throughout his the last 40 years as a pastor, Darrell Graybeal has had the opportunity to experience countless weddings, revivals and newborn dedications.
“I’ve had so many good experiences over those 40 years that I can’t say which is my favorite,” Graybeal said.
An Ashe County native of Creston, Graybeal answered his call to ministry on July 15, 1973. He became the pastor of Big Laurel Church of Christ in Christian Union (CCCU) in 1975 and has been the pastor there ever since.
According to Graybeal, some of his most memorable moments include performing newborns dedications, a ceremony performed for babies soon after they’re born.
“I have seen those children marry and have children that I have also dedicated, so that’s been a blessing,” Graybeal said.
Graybeal also said that Big Laurel has held many revivals over the last 40 years and he has had the honor to personally witness people accepting the Lord for the first time.
“That is probably most exciting for me,” Graybeal said.
In addition to preaching, Graybeal taught automotive technology in Ashe County for 32 years while his wife Mildred was a homemaker. The couple have four children and 12 grand children. Graybeal enjoys farming and is currently the Chief of Creston Volunteer Fire Department.
The congregation of Big Laurel gathered on Sunday, Oct. 4 during their regular service to host Pastor Appreciation Day in honor of Graybeal and his 40 years of service.
“They have been a wonderful, loving congregation to have the opportunity to minister to,” Graybeal said.
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