How I Met Dr. James W. Delashmit & My Life Changed
We had just joined the Faith Baptist Church in Posen, Illinois where Dr. James W. Delashmit was the Pastor. He was an interesting character. Before he got saved he was the President and founder of the St. Louis, Missouri Chapter of Hell’s Angels. Dr. Delashmit had a life changing experience and God changed his life. He went to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri and then went into evangelism for several years before becoming the Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. While being the Pastor at Faith Baptist he also preached revivals around the country during the week. On Sunday he was always home at Faith Baptist but about 25 weeks out of the year he preached revivals across the country sharing his story of conversion “From Dope To Hope”. He touched many lives over the years.
While I was under his ministry he took me under his wing and encouraged me to continue on and finish my education and pursue the calling I knew I had received from God to go into the ministry. I worked under his ministry as the Junior Church Pastor preaching in the Junior Church each week. When opportunities arose I was able to fill pulpits in other local churches when Pastors were sick, on vacation, or out of town. I also preached on some Wednesday nights when Dr. Delashmit was out of town.
I spent about four years working under his ministry. I got to experience firsthand the workings of a church. He took me with him to many Pastor Fellowship Meetings and he allowed me to become involved in his ministry. I wasn’t a paid staff member but I enjoyed serving and helping in whatever area I could. I was honored when he ask me to go with him when he cut his third record album. “Where Would I Be If Hadn’t Been For Jesus?” It was exciting to see him in the studio singing with such excitement.
During these four years I worked with the Junior Church kids and learned the joy on ministering to kids. We got to see some real high days in which we set records for the largest number of kids in the Junior Church. The kids blessed my heart and my desire to pastor my own church grew with each week.