I am the son of Billy and Evelyn
Felker of Columbia, TN where I was also born May 22, 1954. I have been
blessed with knowing about God and His word from childhood since my parents
became disciples of Jesus early in their married life. During my young life I
attended the Mooresville Pike church in Columbia, listening to faithful
preachers of the gospel like Reavis Petty and Jimmy Thomas. I was baptized
near the age of twelve. About that same time my father, who worked
for many years in secular work, began to preach by appointment at two rural
congregations in Maury County (Lanton church and Mt. Zion church).
Alternating with various men, he continued to do this for over 40 years until
his death in April of 2006! The brethren at these congregations gave me ample opportunities to grow as a
young person and help set me on the path to preaching through their great
My Path to Preaching
I made my first talk with the
encouragement of Jimmy Thomas when I was about 14 years old. During my
junior high school years my family continued to attend Mooresville Pike where I
benefited from the encouragement of Colly Caldwell.
During those years I had many opportunities to lead singing in meetings in Maury
County and hear many wonderful gospel preachers. I preached my first
sermon in high school but really began to preach regularly during my college
days at Middle Tennessee State University. Several of the congregations in
Rutherford County gave me opportunities to preach. By my junior year I was
preaching regularly each Sunday for the Gloriana congregation and the Red Hill
congregation. In my early college years I enjoyed the helpful instruction and
training of men
like Bob Bunting and David Arnold. During my college days I met Steve and Becky Cawthon who were to have a great impact on my life as a young college student.
I worked for summer as a fellow-worker with Steve serving the Westview congregation.
God truly surrounded me with men and women of great spirituality and devotion to
Him through my whole young life. I will always be grateful for the
blessings He gave me through so many. By my senior year, my decision was made.
I would lay down the trumpet and take up the proclamation of the Bible and its
message as my life's work. I have no regrets!