with Glenn Dingler Front Page News
(Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of articles designed to help us know each other better.)
Anyone who has visited Sixth and Izard Church of Christ
and filled out a card in the last few years has probably talked to Glenn Dingler
, our deacon in charge of visitation.Although there were no specialized work areas when Glenn
became a deacon here at least twenty years ago, he
has always been active in visitation, whether organized or not, wherever he
wife, Jessie, have been members.So it was only natural for our elders to assign him to this work when they decided to give each deacon an area suited to his
talent back in 1998.
Years ago, Glenn
would just walk up to a recent visitor's house and ring the doorbell (being a natural-born door-Dingler).But now people don't really welcome unexpected visits, especially from people they don't know; so Glenn
first contact with a visitor by telephone to ask if he
can supply more information about our congregation.He
will encourage the person to talk about his
own interests and occupation; then, if the person indicates a willingness to have a personal visit, Glenn
will try to find one of our members with similar interests to make that visit.He
feels that it's very important for us "to try to be the friendliest congregation in town" since most people have to pass a lot of other congregations to get to Sixth and Izard. Glenn
was born on March 28, 1930, in Pine Valley, Oklahoma, where his
father worked in the logging industry.In 1932 the family moved to a farm near Kirby in southwest Arkansas.Glenn
eventually gained two younger brothers and a sister, who all helped raise corn, cotton, peanuts, and anything else that could be sold.After a while his father went back into logging near Kirby and eventually worked for the Arkansas Highway Department. Glenn graduated from High School in 1948 and came to Little Rock to attend Draughn's Business School; then he worked in the meter department at Arkansas Power and Light Company (now Entergy) until he was drafted into the Army in 1951.
After basic training he
spent the rest of his
required two years as a corporal at the Army's
administrative headquarters in Baltimore. He came back to Little Rock in 1953 and worked as a reservations agent for American Airlines.
In 1954 he
met Jessie Gilbert, who had moved here from Nashville, Arkansas, to work in a furniture store.At that time Glenn was not a member of any church.His
mother, a Missionary Baptist, had taken him to church when she
could, but that was not very often since their farm was out in the country and they had to walk to town to worship.Jessie was a member at Sixth and Izard, and Glenn started attending services with her.
They were married on November 4, 1955, and Cleon Lyles baptized Glenn
and Jessie have three married sons: Robert lives in Memphis; Michael (who has given them a granddaughter) lives in Benton; and Steven lives in Little Rock.
had left American Airlines
in 1954 when a pilots' strike resulted in a lay-off of the newest employees.He
went to ArkLa Gas Company
(Now Reliant Energy) in November 1954, where he
stayed for 38 years, taking promotions that required him to move to Ada, Oklahoma, and then to Oklahoma City.In 1974 he returned to Little Rock as purchasing manager of Arkla's Arkansas Division; in 1985 he was promoted to manager of purchasing and warehousing for all three of the company's divisions--Arkansas, Louisiana/Texas, and Oklahoma/Kansas.He
took early retirement in 1992. Glenn
is all for the plans now being made to move our congregation to the Crystal Hill area.He
thinks it will give us a good opportunity to grow, as well as help the congregations who are considering moving to our present location, which is closer to many of their members than their current buildings.With the experience Glenn
has in management, he
should be able to handle a boom in the visitation ministry.
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