Ron Crum grew up the youngest of nine children of a coal miner in Raleigh County in the 1960s. When he was of age, his brother took him to a coal mine, but he couldn't wait to get out. He felt he had a higher calling. He did. He became a pastor, delivering his first sermon when he was still a teenager.
"It was eight minutes long. People probably wish I would go back to that," he told the Daily Mail's Charlotte Ferrell Smith with a chuckle.
Crum earned a bachelor's degree in ministerial studies from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., a master's in counseling from Marshall and a doctorate of ministry in leadership from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University.
For nearly three decades, he has been pastor in St. Albans, stretching back to when he was a college intern at the First Assembly of God. In 1999, the church built the King's River Worship Center and relocated.
On Sunday, he will deliver his final sermon as senior pastor of the church. He and his wife, Phyllis, are headed for Griffin, Ga., where he will oversee the Georgia School of Leadership and Ministry, an extension of Southeastern University.
Hats off to Ron Crum. He leaves an example of all things possible.