Cunningham said he was saved in August 1994 and received the call to preach in October that same year.
“I had a dream of Jesus coming out of the water after His baptism and heard a voice saying, ‘Preach My word,’” Cunningham said.
Cunningham said his call happened so soon after his conversion that he didn’t understand it at first and began to read the Bible seeking clarity.
Not long after the dream, however, he said he received confirmation while sitting in church during a service and the pastor came to him and asked, “When are you going to do what God told you to do?”
“I took that as confirmation of the call,” Cunningham said.
It was in November 1994 that Cunningham preached his first message and he remembers the title: “Walking out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
He said his first pastor, Rev. Porter Wheeler, was a great leader.
“I thank God for his leadership,” Cunningham said.
Eight years after his call, he served his first congregation, Holly Springs Baptist in Hollins.
“They were a wonderful congregation and they have a special place in my heart,” Cunningham said.
“I thank God for calling me to be a servant to His people. A servant is the greatest duty no matter what position we are called, we are called to be a servant.
He cites Jesus’ own words as being the example for a servant. In Matthew 20:27 Jesus said, “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant…”
“He has allowed me to serve some of His greatest people,” Cunningham said.
Although he said he has experienced some challenging times, Cunningham said “all things are possible” with God.
Cunningham wants to thank the deacons, officers and all the members of the church and especially wants to thank his wife, Connie, for her support and encouragement. They have three children, a son and two daughters.
One of the challenges he said he faces is getting people to love one another the way Christ has loved us.
“We must remember that we are a servant of the cross and must not think too highly of ourselves, but must remain sober-minded and full of compassion, mercy and love,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham also expressed thanks for previous pastors that have impacted his life, the Revs. Bobby Hunter and Kendall Burton.
Cunningham said the church plans to continue a vibrant jail ministry under the leadership of Sister Linda Pettis and is going to revive two other ministries. One ministry he wants to revive is a ministry that takes food to the elderly in the community once per month and a nursing home ministry.
Enon’s Sunday services include Sunday School at 9:45 and worship service at 11 a.m. Cunningham teaches two Bible studies on Wednesday, one at 11 a.m. and the second at 6 p.m.
Presently, he is teaching “Staying focused and united in the last and evil days.”
He wants to encourage people to get back interested in serving in ministry.
Cunningham’s message to all: “We must allow the peace and love of God to rule in their heart. We have to let it rule and control. We can be better people for the Lord if we let God’s love rule in our circumstances.”
Helping the congregation celebrate the Cunningham’s anniversary will be Rev. Gregory Moore, pastor of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Sylacauga, who will present the theme “Pastor’s Charge” taken from 2 Timothy 4:1-4. Sister Nina Faye Marbury will serve as MC of the events planned. The special service is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Cunningham said his prayer for the congregation is that they will continue to enjoy God’s blessings and that they would know that God is able to do everything but fail.
Contact Mark Ledbetter at firstname.lastname@example.org