Rob Pennington (top left) preparing to be baptized.
We welcome Rob Pennington to the ATCC! Rob is an Auburn University civil engineering student who was baptized on Dec. 22 while he was taking a semester to work a co-op in Atlanta.
Rob is originally from Montgomery, and moved to Gulf Shores when he was 6. He attended church when he was young, but dropped off as he got older. This past year, the Auburn student decided that he wanted to pursue his spirituality. He attended another church in Auburn in the spring of 2019, but felt that the church lacked the connections he was looking for.
In the fall of 2019, he started doing a co-op with Volkart, a civil engineering firm in Atlanta. At one point, his car wouldn’t start, so he had to take the bus. On one of the bus rides, he met a woman who lived in his apartment complex. She invited him to church, and he said he was looking for a church!
Rob started by attending a Tuesday night Bible talk. “Everyone was extremely welcoming,” he said. Then he went to church at the Bridgepoint congregation, and had the same experience. “It was such a warm welcome. Everyone wanted to know me and start a relationship outside of church. It was really inspiring.”
Rob began to study the Bible. He described his studies leading up to baptism, “You convict yourself. You admit your beliefs. You say, ‘Okay, this is the next step.’”
Rob had been planning to go home when his co-op ended in December, but decided to plan his baptism for the weekend after his last day of work. His mother, who had visited church with him in Atlanta previously, really wanted to come visit again. She was very excited and proud when she heard he was going to get baptized. His whole family ended up coming, including two of his grandparents and two cousins.
“It was awesome,” said Rob. “The best decision I’ve ever made. Everyone was so congratulatory. We all went out to lunch afterwards and had a great time bonding.”
Rob feels that the relationships he built with the other men while he was studying the Bible are some he will never forget. One of the brothers moved to Texas, but they’ve continued to read a chapter of the Bible a week together, and talk about it on the phone at least once a week.
“The relationships were a big part of what really encouraged me, and got me into the Word,” he stated. “It felt the same way ever since I’ve moved here to Auburn. It’s my favorite thing about this church. It feels like family after an hour of being with people.”
We're excited to have Rob as a part of the ATCC family, as he is now back at AU completing his coursework. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2021. God is good.
Our Lord's Supper Meal is this Sunday, Jan. 19! We'll be having warm bowls of chili, soup and stew. See Marge Gross for your food assignment.
ATCC Alumnus Honored
Heather Murphy, who was an early member of the Tuskegee University ministry, was back in town this week to be the keynote speaker at the pinning ceremony for the first class of Masters of Public Health students at TU. This is a great honor, and we are proud of her! Heather is currently living in Harlem, NY. Her career focuses on research and health disparities in health education. She's working on her doctorate at Columbia University.
Singles, sign up for the super encouraging singles weekend coming up February 14-16. Entitled, "Ransomed," the weekend will include worship, community enrichment projects, a church service, and a Valentine's Party Saturday night, featuring food, drinks, and a DJ. More information may be found at the Facebook event page.
Scenes from Sunday's Gathering.
Jan. 18 - Campus Devotional
Jan. 18-19 - Diversity Workshop at North River, featuring Michael Burns.
Jan. 19 - Lord's Supper Meal
Feb. 14-16 - Atlanta Metro Singles Weekend