Sixty three years ago today…

Warning. This is a rare personal note that does not fit with the general tenor of this blog, except that the woman I speak of here has made much of my work possible through her love and support.

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Sixty three years ago today Elizabeth Ann Williams and I committed ourselves to one another and to God. We did not date very long and I lacked a few weeks being 19 years of age, but we were determined to build a marriage according to the will of God.

Ferrell Jenkins and Elizabeth Williams

Ferrell Jenkins and Elizabeth Williams married December 16, 1954.

We met at Florida Christian College (now Florida College), Temple Terrace, FL. Our ceremony was in the small lobby of Sutton Hall (facing the Dorm Supervisor’s apartment).

After my graduation from the four-year Bible program at FCC we moved to work with churches in Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio, before returning to Florida College where I would teach a total of 25 years and Elizabeth a total of 27 years.

Our residence is about a mile from where we said our marriage vows. It has been a good marriage. Elizabeth has been a true helper for me (Genesis 2:18) in the work I chose to do— preaching and teaching the Word of God, and teaching the Word by introducing interested persons to the Land of the Word. I love her dearly.

17 responses to “Sixty three years ago today…

  1. Happy Anniversary Ferrell and Elizabeth and may God bless you with many more. I am happy to have known you.

  2. Congratulations on 63 wonderful years!

    Barbara Rooks
    Administrative Assistant
    To Kevin Richmond, Praise and Worship Pastor
    First Redeemer Church
    2100 Peachtree Parkway
    Cumming, GA 30041
    (678) 513-9417

  3. You and Elizabeth are a very special couple, and this has been noticed by so many through the years. Of most importance, your dedication to each other and your desire to serve has been noticed by God. Your example teaches so many lessons in our throw-away society. Please give your wonderful lady a special hug from me today. I wish I could be sitting beside her on one of your tour busses right now.

  4. I am so thankful for all the work you both do. Love you both and I’m glad she said “yes”!

  5. Wishing you the best!! We have a few years to catch up with you as we just celebrated our 55th on 12/1. May you both have many more years to celebrate this, your special day!! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and that 2018 will be a great year for you!

  6. I guess I am one of the few that;s left…Congrats to you both. I wish for you many more. May God’s love continue to surround you

  7. Oh, Ferrell, that was so cool.
    Thank you (and of course, Elizabeth) for such amazing lives.

    Larry H

  8. I love you both dearly! Thank you for being such a wonderful example.

  9. Dear Ferrell,

    You were very blessed to find your worthy woman with whom you built a Godly home and incredibly productive life jointly in His service.

    It has been the privilege of all your students and colleagues to witness the example that you and Elizabeth presented of a happy marriage as established by God.

    Thank you for letting us share in your joy of this special day. Glenda

  10. Brother Ferrell… Congratulations! -and thank you for all you have done to encourage so many. Including me. I think often of the Akron years and although brief, hold some special childhood moments. I still recall Elizabeth and mom hauling around four boys to hike the trails of Cuyahoga County to earn our walking sticks. 🙂 Special memories… My love, Wilson

  11. Beautiful and inspiring!

  12. Glory to God for this tremendous matrimonial achievement and for your faithfulness to each other. If only many others on this day would be so committed and follow through on their promises and vows in the sight of God. Your example is well-noted!

  13. Congratulations to both of you for living up to both commitments. Pauline and Elizabeth worked together at the FC office back in those days. We have been married 64 years now and was married before we came to FC. Best wishes. Tom

  14. Wilson and I send our congratulations! Hard to believe that we knew you (but not Elizabeth) even before your marriage!!

  15. Happy 63 anniversary to you both! And many more to come 🎉

    Sent from my iPhone


  16. Congratulations. He that finds a wife, finds a good thing. We have the same date but ours is 22 years.

  17. Ferrell: Congratulations on this milestone, and thanks for sharing this personal glimpse– Richest blessings on you both!

    TOM POWERS / Waynesville, NC

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