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Reverend retires after 59 years of pastoring same church

By Morgan Cook

Barnardsville – Reverend Worth Emory of Barnardsville has been pastoring Ivy Hill Baptist Church for the past 59 years. He will be retiring on September 1st of this year. Ivy Hill Baptist Church is located on Ivy Hill Road just off of Barnardsville Highway. His church is composed mostly of family members.

Drusilla Moore of the French Broad Baptist Association informed The Tribune that Reverend Worth Emory is 85 yearsold and that, unfortunately, his health is failing. Reverend Worth Emory is very involved in the French Broad Baptist Association located in Mars Hill. The goal of this association is “to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by leading people to discipleship who will then lead people to discipleship,” according to the mission statement on their website.

The call to become a pastor happened for Reverend Worth before he went into military service. When he came home, he was elected by a committee to become the pastor of Ivy Hill Baptist Church in 1960. When The Tribune got to speak to Reverend Worth, he explained that the best part of pastoring was “loving God and loving people.”
In addition to his role in the French Broad Baptist Association, Reverend Worth also spends 15 minutes each Wednesday morning at the Marshall radio station for an on-air segment.

Reverend Worth has lived in the area his entire life. He married his wife, Marie, in 1956. The couple lives in Weaverville. They had a son who passed away at a young age and three daughters who still live in the area. The Enomys have gotten to grow up in Weaverville, raise their children in the area, and are happy to continue to be in the place they have called home for so long. Now, Rev. Emory will retire from the position he has held for nearly the past 60 years. The church has begun a search to
fill his place.

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