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365 – December 31- This Day in Baptist History Past

Crosses, three

Do men see Christ in me?

William J. Reynolds, was born December 31, 1871, in Pittsylvania County. Repenting of his sin, he trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior and at the age of eleven he was baptized and united with the Sharon Baptist Church. After graduating from both the University of Tennessee and the Southern Baptist Seminary, William was licensed and ordained by the First Baptist Church of Danville, Virginia. Though Reverend Reynolds was never robust, he fervently entered into the ministry. He served the Woodville, Washington, Oakley, and Sperryville churches. Some of these ministries were singular while at other times he had the oversight of a combination of the works simultaneously. The amazing impact he had upon the communities in which he served did not come from a unique pulpit ministry. He was not known because he possessed the voice of an orator, or was unusual in any way in the pulpit. Rather his consistent and practical Christian life caused deep spiritual impressions on the minds of neighbors all about him. Reverend Reynolds’ life span was comparatively short. His physical problems had called for surgery in a Richmond hospital, and he never rallied to health again. He was only forty-nine years of age, in the prime of his ministerial life, when His Lord called His servant to rest. The funeral was conducted at the Woodville Church in the presence of many who had learned to love the man of God for what he was and not only for what he said. His ministry was pretty well circumscribed in the Shiloh Association. Most preachers’ names are unknown except among the circle of friends with and to whom they minister, so it was with Dr. Reynolds, but no doubt great in the annals of Glory.

Dr. Dale R. Hart From: “This Day in Baptist History III” David L. Cummins. pp. 762 – 763

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