Beginning a New Journey

The closing days of June found me embarking on a new journey with Paulette Crider (nee Minton), a lady I first met in 1997 when she attended the church where I was preaching. At the time we both were married and there was no thought of a relationship developing. After the passing years these conditions changed for both of us and we found ourselves lonely for a Christian companion and seated not far from each other in the same church assembly.

After a short period of getting better acquainted we met with our children and told them what we had in mind. A few weeks later we met in their presence and in the presence of Don Truex, a longtime minister friend, his wife, and daughter, and took the vows to become husband and wife until death takes one of us.

Later the same day Don announced our wedding to the church with these words.

“It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.” I quoted those words from an English poet earlier today in the marriage ceremony for Ferrell Jenkins & Paulette Crider. We’re so happy for these two who have blessed so many lives, for so many years, and now begin their new life-adventure together.”

Here are a few photos that were made by our friend Heather.

Ferrell and Paulette Jenkins after the exchange of vows – June 27, 2022.
The wedding party of family members.
Vickie, Ferrell, Paulette, Don
Sorry friends. There was no cake left.

17 responses to “Beginning a New Journey

  1. sharonwillis837

    Ferrell, we are so happy for you. May you have many happy years together. Two less lonely people in the world! Love you, Ken and Sharon Willis

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  3. Michael Grisanti

    Praise God for this sweet blessing!

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  4. John Gresham

    Congratulations to you and Paulette. We are so happy for you. We wish you many happy and healthy years together. Thank you for letting us know of your new journey. We know it will be a happy one. With Love, John and Joyce Gresham

  5. I am delighted for you both! May the Lord bring rich blessings upon you both!

  6. Danny Bartlett

    Congratulations and may the Lord bless you both richly.

  7. Dennis Craig Baugh

    Congratulations, Ferrell and Paulette!! God bless you both as you begin this new journey together.

  8. Thanks for sharing this news with us.

  9. That’s wonderful! Congratulations! Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  10. Congratulations to you!! I have been a reader of your blog for awhile and this makes my heart smile. May you have a blessed life together. Laife Haeger

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  11. Congratulations to you both, brother Jenkins. As you probably know, I have taken this same path after my late wife passed away from recurrent breast cancer at the young age of 38. Susan (Andrews) and I just celebrated our 17 year anniversary. I know you feel as I do, the blessings of the Lord having blessed us twice in life with godly wives.

    In Christ,

    Steve MorelandCome Visit Us

    Merritt Island church of Christ

  12. Congratulations Ferrell! I’m delighted for you and Paulette! Blessings.

  13. So happy for you Ferrell. Congratulations.


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  14. Rabbi Ari Enkin

    Mazel tov!

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  15. Congratulations, Ferrell!

    I pray the Lord powerfully blesses this season in your life.

    God bless,


  16. Congratulations to both of you. May God bless your new life together!! Marc and Kellie Gibson 

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  17. Congratulations! I am so happy for you both! You both look wonderful and so happy. Life has so many twists and turns. It is a testament to your marriage to Elizabeth, and an honor to her, that you have sought and found new companionship in her absence. I wish you many happy years together!

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