The last chapel of the semester is always exciting for both students and faculty. God has graciously brought us through another year of training laborers for His work at Crown College! Today Pastor Sexton honored Mr. Barry Britton with a Crown Scepter yearbook dedication award. Mr. Britton is a 1970 graduate of West Point and served with honor in the U.S. Army for twenty-seven years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He and his wife, Midge, and their eight children moved to Knoxville to join the Temple Baptist Church in 1993. Mr. Britton served for nineteen years on the Crown College faculty, teaching mathematics, science, education, and business administration courses, and serving as the College Registrar.
Several months ago Mr. Britton was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” The disease has progressed rapidly to the point where he can no longer work. His absence is keenly felt by both students and his coworkers. The Crown family is praying for God’s touch on he and his family. They have exhibited the grace of God during this trial and served as a wonderful example to us all. Because he is unable to speak publicly, Mr. Britton prepared a brief statement that was read today in chapel:
Pastor Sexton, faculty, and students;
Thank you for inviting me to be with you during this last chapel service. I can remember a lot of special times we have had right here in this place through the years. If someone is reading these words, it’s because I was afraid I might be asked to say something, and I really can’t. Not only do I have trouble speaking now, but one of the side effects of ALS is inability to control emotions, and speaking directly to you would be impossible. I would like to thank Pastor Sexton for showing confidence in me, allowing me to teach here for 19 1/2 years. I would like to express my admiration for my co-faculty for their Christian testimony. I learned much about living the Christian life by observing them in action. I first served 27 years in the military, in fact, I received Christ during my first assignment at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts. I am very thankful the Lord allowed me to be a part of something here at Crown College which is much bigger than all of us. Again, thank you for allowing me to join you this morning. Keep praying that, if it’s the Lord’s will, He will heal me. He is wonderful, merciful, good, compassionate, a faithful Friend, and altogether lovely.
You may view the presentation here. Thank you for praying for the faculty of Crown College. Spirit-filled men and women are investing their lives in the training of hundreds of students. Next week a great group of seniors will join the over 2,500 alumni worldwide. You may watch the Crown College Baccalaureate on Sunday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET and the Commencement Exercises on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET on thecrowncollege.com. Please help us pray for God to send forth more laborers for His harvest.
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