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Pastor Appreciation Month - Pastor Danny Dillon

Meet Pastor Danny Dillon

He Lives Life Loud!

Since I can remember, his voice would always carry further than the room he was in. God gave him a voice that carries. He has used his voice to share Gospel Goodness. Since he was a young son, his heart discerned lost souls and his spirit would rise up to intercede for their hearts to be freed. You see, so many go their whole lives trying to figure out what their purpose is, but Pastor Danny heard his call at twelve years old. Since then, he has battle different physical ailments, yet he has so many stories of instant healing in his body and for others. His faith has been tested and continues to be proven faithful.

In the meantime, he waited for his wife. For the Bible says, “When a man finds a wife, he finds something good. It shows that the Lord is pleased with him” (Proverbs 18:22 NCV). Early on in his journey, the Father affirmed him by bring him a helpmate/life mate. Danny and Jill have had four boys and have been grooming them into young fathers. They take this job very seriously. It’s a high calling to become a father and to steward hearts of kindness. “Train children to live the right way, and when they are old, they will not stray from it” (Proverbs 22:6 NCV).

Pastor Danny graduated from Liberty University. After college, he returned home, for his heart was always in Franklin. He became a teacher and has worked in many different parts of the education system. His favorite position was as a coach. He has some amazing stories on bus rides with his guys too. When the time came to leave teaching and coaching for full time ministry, it was a hard decision, for he loved Franklin High School and its players so much. He has been serving his father, Poppy (as we like to call him), since he was child in one way or another. And when his father was a young 63-year-old, he transitioned the lead pastor position to Danny. The timing was oh so right. It seemed sudden when the idea was first discussed, however, if Poppy would have kept to his plan of 65 years, Pastor Danny would have taken the position of lead pastor the day before his brother died. But, the Lord was kind to have given them two years to grow this ministry. That’s His mercy, y’all. It was still a hard blow, but it could have been worse.

It’s been over four years now and Pastor Danny, in the process of learning how to build a gym, became an engineer, contractor, plumber, electrician, landscaper, and ultimately a visionary. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: But he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). He perished the thought of us not having this gym to expand the kingdom. I love that this scripture also says, happy is he who keepeth the law. If you didn’t know, my husband’s nickname was “Law Dawg”. We even made wristbands that said “Live Like Law” on them to remind us of that kindness and connection matters. Pastor Danny has even more vision beyond the gym now. He and his wife are not only growing a school, day care, and church body, but a soccer league too. They dreamed and followed through, for they are a dynamic duo.

Pastor Danny’s biggest desire is for everyone to profess that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. He will not stop until he knows this has been accomplished. For, he loves his city. He loves his church family. He loves his immediate family. He loves his Bolivian family. And, he loves your family.

So, back to living life loud. All that I have shared is proof he is living his faith out loud. It’s not staying inside his heart. He is finding different ways of sharing God’s love. If he can find a way to connect, he will do it for salvation is on his mind day and night. This is what you call an evangelist, but I believe if you asked Jesus what he calls it, he would say a friend.

So, thanks Pastor Danny for carrying the mantle of lead pastor. It hasn’t been easy, but you have stayed the course even when your voice got hoarse. For, the devil will not win this city as long as you’re in it.

Faith, family, future is our motto. Now let’s gooooo!!!!

Until next time,

Stay Tender.

Connect to the Mender.

Be a Sender.

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