Last week I attended a conference in Norfolk at the church of my friend, Michael Sciretti.
Freemason Street Baptist Church (FSBC) is no stranger to me. When I moved to Richmond, Pastor Don Dunlap showed me how an older pastor encourages his younger peers. Now that I have become “the older pastor,” I am especially grateful for what he taught me.
FSBC made the difficult decision to stay in downtown Norfolk when other churches were fleeing for the suburbs. Attendance declined and a decade ago they seriously considered disbanding. Today, they are a congregation on the upswing (with almost 200 in attendance). A major investment in the excellence of their facilities has helped turn the tide of decline.