Religious Spotlight: Meet Al Barton, Pastor of Ole Time Way Baptist Church

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There are many rewarding moments (in preaching) but by far the most rewarding is when I help lost souls get to know Jesus as their personal Savior!”
Brother Al Barton, Ole Time Way Baptist Church

CULLMANOle Time Way Baptist Church, located on Hwy 157 in Cullman, is a wonderful place to worship. The church's congregation are devout followers of Jesus and strive to be Christ-like in everything they do. Brother Al Barton, the church’s pastor, has proven to be a tremendous leader over the years and treats his position as pastor with reverence.

Brother Al is happily married to the lovely Sandra Barton. The couple has two children, daughter Chasity and son Jay. Chasity is married to Thomas Jordan, and they are the proud parents of son, Landon.  Jay is the father of two children, Morgan, and Weston.  

Brother Al attended school at Cullman High School and worked for many years at Hannah Steel in Birmingham. Now retired, he serves full-time as pastor of Ole Time Way.

“I was called to preach many years ago, on July 7, 1977, when my daughter was born,” he explained. “God let me know that if I did not obey my calling that He would take my baby girl Home – I’ve been preaching ever since,” he grinned. “Before I came to Ole Time Way, I have been the pastor at Midway Freewill Baptist Church in Hanceville, Macedonia Baptist Church, Emmaus Baptist Church, First Freewill Baptist Church in Blountsville and First Freewill Baptist Church in Cullman.”

Being the leader of a church is not always easy, but Brother Al seems to take it all in stride. Although he admits a few struggles, he is always happy to help and enjoys seeing the people of his flock find the Lord.

“There are many challenges to being a pastor,” he admits, “but the biggest challenge for me is standing before and trying to lead a congregation that is one day bound for Judgement.  I am always striving and doing all I can do to uplift the Kingdom of Christ.”

“There are many rewarding moments,” he continued, “but by far the most rewarding is when I help lost souls get to know Jesus as their personal Savior!”

 

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In speaking about his church, Brother Al happily chatted away. Like a proud father, he described his congregation with a tremendous amount of love. 

“Ole Time Way Baptist Church is an independent Baptist Church,” he explained. “We have classes for all ages, a wonderful youth program and we welcome all to come and worship with us.  We also have ‘Hands in Praise’ puppet ministry,” he beamed. “This ministry involves members from youth to adults. We don't have any set program at Ole Time Way, we just like to ‘Let Go and Let God!’"

Al Barton has been a blessing to Ole Time Way Baptist Church. His love for God and desire to help others grow to love Him are remarkable.

Ole Time Way Baptist Church is located at 1530 Hwy 157, Cullman, AL 35055. For more information, call 256-739-3328 or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Ole-Time-Way-BaptistChurch/1418106675108806.