Pastor/columnist Ronnie McBrayer returning to Walton County

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 05:22 PM.


Holding the door open

McBrayer, who lived his first 34 years in Georgia and moved to the Panhandle in the winter of 2004-2005, has been an ordained minister for more than 20 years.

Meeting the expectations of others is the hardest part of being a pastor for McBrayer.

“What they want you to be; what they think you should look like and sound like; what they think you should believe and how perfect you should be,” he said. “I tell folks not to call me ‘Reverend,’ because in five minutes I can show you how irreverent I can be. Over time, a pastor makes peace with these expectations or he becomes an emotional slave to the whims of people.”

The best part of pastoring is easy for McBrayer.

“It is the privilege of being a trusted part of people's lives. Weddings, baptisms, births, death, sickness, tragedy and joy. A pastor shares all of these. Who else gets that chance? It is genuinely a holy thing to be a part of.”

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