“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,

But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.”
(Proverbs 31:30, 31, NKJV)

Pastor Osborne’s message on Sunday morning, August 21, is titled “Seldom Seen Saints Supporting the Savior’s Service.” In it, he mentions several people in the Bible and people at Faith who minister behind the scenes. His message segued into a tribute to Gwendolyn Ann Webber (Gwen), who retired as church receptionist on August 30.  You can watch Pastor Osborne’s tribute below.

For 10 years, Gwen’s voice on the phone asked, “Faith Baptist Church. How may I direct your call?” Her smile and an encouraging word awaited those who came to the church office. And everyone—from staff, to members, to visitors—appreciated her quiet, cheerful presence.

Georgia Stickney, the executive assistant to the pastor, enumerated the qualities that made Gwen’s presence in the office a blessing:

Gwen truly loves the Lord.
Gwen is a woman of prayer.
Gwen is faithful in her walk with God.
Gwen desires to be used by God, and that desire is reflected in her life.
Gwen has a humble attitude and a sweet disposition.
Gwen has been diligent in her pursuit of her responsibilities, including special projects that were not part of her job description.
She has been methodical in her office procedures, conscientious in her work, and supportive of all of the staff.
Gwen has been empathetic when others were experiencing hard times.
Gwen has persevered through hurricanes, building projects, and the addition of new ministries.
She is definitely a woman of excellence.

Along with the whole church staff, Georgia says, “We love you, and we will miss you.”

Pastor Osborne says: 

“Gwen has served the Lord with gladness. Her work, her attitude, and her spirit were contagiously godly. And we all say to Gwen, Thank you! And a job well done for giving your all to advance the kingdom of God!”

Gwen received a plaque and a Bible as tokens of the church’s appreciation for her service to the Lord and to our church. A reception was held Sunday evening in Gwen’s honor.


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