On Sunday, September 27, First Baptist Church of Fairview held a special celebration honoring their pastor Dr. Bill Sherman. After nearly two decades of leading the congregation at Fairview Baptist, Sherman officially retired after preaching his last service.
FBC minister of music, John Bledsoe described the service as an opportunity to “Celebrate a lifetime of ministry” recognizing Sherman’s over 70 years of active service including 40 years of preaching.
“The life of a minister is not just the minister himself. It does affect the entire family,” said Bledsoe, who thanked Sherman’s wife Veta and their family, many of whom were in attendance for the celebration and were often part of Sherman’s sermons over the last two decades.
Dr. Sherman is a native Texan, who pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma before serving Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville for 30 years. He has served as pastor at First Baptist Church since 2001.
“Some of you through the years have become so dear to Veta and me as if you were blood kin. It’s the kind of love that you get and support,” shared Dr. Sherman in his last sermon.
A graduate of Baylor University, he received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Dr. Sherman and his wife Veta have three children and six grandchildren.
Along with working abroad on mission trips to many countries, he has also served as president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, a trustee of Belmont University, and on the boards of the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board, Christian Life Commission and Southern Baptist Foundation.
“As we leave you, the wonderful church family to us for 19-plus years, Mrs. Sherman and I have no regrets, but we do have many blessings of your love and our love for you,” said Dr. Sherman in closing his last sermon.
The celebration was held in-person ad also live streamed online. You can view Sherman’s last service on First Baptist Church Fairview’s YouTube Channel.