Sonny and Mary Perdue Commissioned as missionaries to Washington, D.C.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Pastor Jim Perdue of Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins speaks of the godly influence given to him by his parents, Sonny and Mary Perdue. Praying over his parents, he thanked God for the couple’s “faithfulness and their example.” SBCWR/Special

WARNER ROBINS — Sonny Perdue, former governor of Georgia, was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Secretary of Agriculture for the United States. On Sunday evening, July 9, Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins commissioned Sonny and Mary Perdue as missionaries to Washington, D.C.

The Perdues are members of Second Baptist where their son, Jim, serves as pastor of the strong, influential church. He stated that the commissioning ceremony was held to recognize his parents for the “mission” they are undertaking as they embark to serve the nation.

Missionaries are often thought of as those who go to the far-flung corners of the earth to spread the Gospel, but the Kingdom of God would be mightily advanced if every church member became a missionary in his/her sphere of influence. The Second Baptist pastor expressed delight in commissioning his parents, explaining that Washington needs more missionaries.

As part of the ceremony, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee addressed the hundreds of people gathered for the ceremony and remarked, “I’m ecstatic that my good friend and the longtime governor of Georgia is now the Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump administration.

“I don’t believe the president could have picked anyone in American who is better fitted and able to do this job than Sonny Perdue – someone who has worked in agriculture all his life, somebody who understands the issues, but somebody who is a true statesman and who knows how to get things done and knows how to get them done right. Sonny Perdue is the perfect choice.”

When God promotes

Pastor Benny Tate of Rock Springs Church in Milner, a longtime friend of the Perdues, spoke and commented, “I commend Sonny and Mary Perdue for not following a road map [to retirement], but following a relationship and wanting to please the Lord.”

Left to right, Benny Tate, Jim Perdue, and Johnny Hunt stand at the service commissioning Sonny and Mary Perdue as missionaries to Washington D.C. Sonny Perdue was named earlier this year by President Donald J. Trump as Secretary of Agriculture. Tate serves as pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Perdue of Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins, and Hunt of First Baptist Church in Woodstock. SBCWR/Special

“The only reason for power is to empower. The only reason God promotes us is to put us in a position so we can help other people, and I know that’s what Sonny Perdue will do. He will take that position and use it to help other people.”

Johnny Hunt, pastor of Woodstock’s First Baptist Church and the Perdues pastor during their tenure in the Governor’s mansion, also spoke at the commissioning service. Hunt stated, “We have identified 400 leaders in the Bible. Only 80 of those 400 leaders finished well – only 20 percent.

“Fifty percent of the men who go for theological education in our denomination will never enter a ministry position. Only 10 percent of the ministers in America will actually retire doing what God called them to do. So, if someone will stay the course I want to know all I can about their spiritual virtues and characteristics.”

Hunt then delineated the five characteristics of those who finished well. Those characteristics are (1) humility, (2) intimacy with God, (3) obedience, (4) faith, and (5) the ability to receive counsel. The Woodstock pastor intimated that Perdue possessed those characteristics and stated, “One reason I feel so encouraged about this country and its leadership is because one of the people who sits on the cabinet with President Trump I know knows God.”

‘Significant kingdom ways’

At the conclusion of the service pastors, deacons, and church leaders gathered around the Perdues. Jim Perdue prayed for his parents: “I thank You for Mom and Dad, for their faithfulness and their example. I thank You for the joy in the journey of taking steps of faith no matter what; and I thank You that You have [two more] missionaries in Washington, D.C. … I pray that You would use Mom and Dad in significant Kingdom ways to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“We, the body of Christ, send out Sonny and Mary Perdue to be missionaries in this next endeavor… Lead them, guide them, and protect them … and may their theme continue to be ‘I’d rather have Jesus.’ We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

The commissioning service for the Perdues was inspiring and challenging to all in attendance, but Georgia Baptists can celebrate the fact that we have a political insider in Washington who can influence the nation’s president and the policies of our government with his steadfast faith and unwavering commitment to God’s Word. Sonny and Mary Perdue deserve the prayers of all Georgia Baptists as well as the intercessions of faithful believers across the width and breadth of our land.

Ellijay First Baptist to reach out to single mothers
Former Atlanta Falcon Jacob Tamme talks about faith, family, and football
Social Learning – Getting A Bachelor’s Degree in Kingdom Generosity
Bowing up against Harvey, outdoorsman helps hurricane victims
List released of Top 200 Georgia Baptist Mission Board churches in baptisms for 2016
SBC Executive Committee marks 100 years
Truett McConnell University Ranks #2 in the South for Lowest Student Debt  
Disaster Relief units move into Savannah and Kingsland, prepare for Florida
Former Atlanta Falcon Jacob Tamme talks about faith, family, and football
Salvations sure to occur under the new roof at TMU
For high school football coach, influence extends beyond the sideline
Lady Hawks picked to finish 3rd, Estep named preseason All-GSC
Truett McConnell University Ranks #2 in the South for Lowest Student Debt  
Social Learning – Getting A Bachelor’s Degree in Kingdom Generosity
TMU Student Participates in Black Bear Conservation during Summer Internship
Johnson and Johnson: a life of learning, leading in collegiate ministry 
Bible Study for Sept. 24: Fear not!
Daily Bible Readings: Sept. 16-30
Bible Study for Sept. 17: The Paranormal  
Bible Study for Sept. 10: Demons