The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 16, 2008

Mayors proclaim Thursday Pastor Appreciation Day

Beckley and Oak Hill both proclaimed Thursday as Pastor Appreciation Day in the two cities, according to officials with WOAY 860 AM, a Christian radio station.

“We had the pleasure to do a proclamation for Clergy Appreciation Month as well,” Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh said. “I want to thank WOAY for what they are doing in Beckley and southern West Virginia.”

Pugh said he recently took a tour of the station’s building in downtown Beckley.

“They are a valuable resource to this area,” he said.

The announcements were made at the first Business Person’s Breakfast event at Tamarack Thursday. Oak Hill Mayor Bill Hannabass was unable to attend.

“We also appreciate the City of Oak Hill for its proclamation,” station manger Vernon Drumheller said.

Drumheller said the breakfast event was to share with the business community the station’s purpose and goals.

“One of the goals of WOAY and the Christian Resource Center is to have community Bible studies specifically designed and focused on specific people groups in our community,” he said. “One of the motivators of our founder is to establish a community Bible study for business persons, which would be relevant to their unique needs and challenges. This gathering was one of encouragement and the beginning of a close relationship in the days to come.”

Dr. Alex McFarland was the event’s guest speaker. He is also a writer and advocate for Christian apologetics.

In 1998, McFarland was named one of North Carolina’s Forty Leaders Under The Age of Forty and also wrote the book “50 States in 50 Days — Tour Of Truth” in 2000.

“I am very excited to be in West Virginia,” he said.

McFarland spoke about the challenges facing people today.

“We do live in challenging times,” he said. “Oftentimes the path we lay out is not really how things unfold.”

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