Profile: Preston Headrick

I have been married to Judi (J.J.) Johnson Headrick, formerly of Childersburg Alabama for almost 23 years. We have two children Jake a Junior who is at the University of Montevallo, where he is a member of the basketball team and a daughter Jessye, a Freshman at Jefferson State in Hoover. Both of our children are a great blessing.

Favorite memory: When we ended a five-year losing streak to Cordova in football. We scored in the last two minutes.
Johnny Blackwell through a touchdown pass to Carl Ware. Mike Prince kicked the extra point. Ellis McDonald bit a plug out of a guy from Cordova’s leg and accidentally bit one of his own players in the bottom of the pile. Ellis took the meaning of Bulldog quiet literally. It seemed like there were more people at that game than any high School Football game I had been to at the time.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Gant was the greatest influence on my life of any faculty member at Dora High School. Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Ellison were my favorite teachers. Claude Kilgore was mighty gracious to me and I greatly appreciate that.

What was the most important thing you learned in school?
I think reading is the most important thing that I learned. When the Lord led me to go back to college in 1996 much had changed, but I knew that I could read and if you can read you can learn.

What are you currently doing and how did you arrive at this point in your life?
We are in our eighth year serving Bethlehem United Methodist Church. When I say we, I am the Pastor, but J.J. is my helper and we are a team. I worked in the family business at the Green To Cafe from 1974 until 1996. In 1990 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. We told Him we would do what ever He wanted us to do and go wherever He wanted us to go. In 1993 we knew that I was called to preach. I went back to school at Birmingham Southern College at night. The Lord wanted to show me that He could take a C-student from Dora High School and work in the weak areas of my life. When I graduated from Birmingham Southern in 1996 we moved to Hamilton to take the role as the Pastoral family at Bethlehem. The Lord has blessed me by allowing me to receive my Masters in Divinity from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky.

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