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Pastor Everette Rhodes-Someone You Should Know

You remember the saying, if you build it, they will come? Kevin Costner made it famous in the 90's during Field of Dreams.

But Everette Rhodes made it famous long before Costner ever set foot on that Iowa baseball field.

You need to be a pretty special person to have your own parking spot right in front of your church.
Pastor Everette Rhodes is a pretty special person.

Almost 40 years ago, he had a vision to build a church. And so became the Community Baptist Church. A place where families have grown up, grown together, and grown very fond of Mr. Rhodes.

"He is a spiritual role model for all of us. Our families get support from him," said Tony Kelly, member of Community Baptist Church.

Every Sunday morning since 1971, Rhodes has preached to his Church. He really got things going in 1969 and spent two years preaching in a trailer before the church was built.

He used to speak to the congregation three times a week until open heart surgery slowed him down a few years back.

But it hasn't slowed his spirit or his desire, and that's something that sets Pastor Rhodes apart and why he's stayed at this small church for almost four decades.

"Over here it's a good spirit. People love each other. I love them and they love me," said Pastor Rhodes.

And he's loved them since they were born. Because many of the folks at church have known Pastor Rhodes for their entire life.

"When I walk through the door and see all these small girls and boys. It's a blessing to my heart to know that I baptized most of their momma's and daddies and I was there when they were born."

Love is in the air on this Sunday morning. And it's all because of a man just shy of his 75th birthday. And on July 27th, he'll celebrate with his family. His church family, because they, all 80 or so of them would do anything for Pastor Rhodes. And Pastor Rhodes would do anything for his people.

"When you're at a place this long, it becomes family. I have no aunts, no uncles, nobody left. No brothers, no sisters. This is not only my church family, but my family that I feel close to."


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