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Albany State University


Dillard's Inc.




Albany State University

bachelor's degree
middle school education

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BENNIE GADSON JR., Faces of ...

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BENNIE GADSON JR., Faces of Faith

BAINBRIDGE , On the surface, ordained minister Bennie Gadson Jr. may seem like an average man of God.
MINISTER: Minister Bennie Gadson
As Jesus Christ exhibited the ultimate sacrifice with his life leading to an Easter celebration, Gadson has chosen to sacrifice his pay as a minister.
"I don't believe that God's intention was for preachers to preach for money," explained Gadson, whose pay would come directly from what was collected in the Sunday offering, if he accepted.
Gadson, 31, has begun his own personal quest to preach the word of God without the ulterior motive of financial benefit.He said he relies solely on the satisfaction of teaching the truth and knowing he is living in the path he feels God has set for him.
"Pay is offered just about every time I speak," Gadson said."People at my church are poor people, it wouldn't feel right taking money from them.I believe that God will make a way, if the church grows."
To keep his family afloat, Gadson has recently started his own lawn care business after quitting his job at Dillard's because it conflicted with his school schedule.He is currently a student at Albany State University, set to graduate in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in middle school education.His wife is a certified nursing assistant at Seminole Manner in Bainbridge.
Though Gadson said it's hard for him and his family to maintain their modest lifestyle, he doesn't think money is the only standard that qualifies one to be rich.
"God blesses me and my family all the time, we're simple people," he said.
Gadson has spent the last two years ministering at St. Paul, a church with about 300 members, most of which are relatives of his.So not only does he struggle with teaching the truth to people who may not be receptive, Gadson said it is even more difficult preaching to his own family.
"It's hard preaching to family because most of them think I'm just talking about their individual situations," Gadson said.
"Many days I just feel like walking away, but every now and then I get one person who comes up to me and says, 'Thank you, you really don't know how much I needed to hear that,' and that makes it all worth while," he said.
Though Gadson said he is certain about his calling now, he admits he spent his youth feeling unworthy of his calling.
A Tallahassee, Fla., native Gadson was born the fifth of seven children into an impoverished family.

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