Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry with Stanley Roberts - Jackie Riley
Over the past 30 or so years I’ve worked under half a dozen or so persons who have claimed the title of “minister of music,” but only a couple of those would I actually credit with the high calling of “minister.” There’s something special in the way those two approach their work and treat people. They convey a spirit of service through their music that results in an attitude of serving by their choir members.
One of those two persons who have earned the title of “minister” is Stanley Roberts, the minister of music with whom I have been associated for the past 20 years – and the one who has made me laugh the most and love music the best.
Not only does Stanley wear well the title of minister, but he also embodies the sentiments of what my other minister-of-music friend once said: “I can’t tell you how much fun it is for my job to be my hobby!”
Nobody enjoys music more than Stanley. Whether it’s singing classical music in the cathedrals of Europe, gospel music in country churches, or rock music in his car (and sometimes in the choir room), there’s always a tune in his head and a word on his lips. If you’re around Stanley for very long, you can’t help but sing, too.
In the past 20 years we’ve learned to appreciate much about this South Georgia farm boy who came riding into our parking lot in that big white Cadillac (but later traded it out for his Grandma’s old pick-up truck). Here are some of the qualities we’ve come to admire about Stanley:
- · Superb teacher, mentor, and gift-developer
- · Works well with all ages
- · “Feels” his music
- · Well-rounded and down-to-earth
- · Encouraging and pastoral
- · Loving, caring, appreciative
- · Patient to the nth degree
- · A master of constructive criticism
- · A preacher in his own right
- · A homespun theologian
- · Hasn’t forgotten his roots
Stanley: Thank you for taking music to a new level at First Baptist, for approaching anthem and hymn selection with careful attention to purpose and meaning, for making worship fresh and focused, for teaching choir members the important role of being worship leaders.
Marie: Thank you for serving alongside Stanley, for sharing your gifts so willingly, for ably filling the director’s chair on many occasions, for loving and serving children of all ages. We truly got “two for the price of one!”
Our church family looks forward to serving with you another 20 years.