ELBA, Alabama (BNc) — When walking into the Elba Church of Christ building ones eyes are immediately drawn to the beautiful bulletin boards in the hallways. Upon investigation, one will find that Pam Crittenden, church secretary, uses her artistic talent to the glory of God and hand paints the scenes displayed.
As a young girl of 12 years, Pam made her own paper dolls. She drew them on paper, fastened them to cardboard, colored them and cut them out. “I enjoyed making different clothes for the dolls and coloring them with crayons,” she said. Years later Pam purchased a small set of oil paints and with the suggestions of a friend who taught art, she ventured out on her own painting different things.
When asked when she began painting scenes on butcher paper to cover the bulletin boards, she said ten years ago when she became the church secretary. She saw a need and thought if she could paint small pictures she could paint larger ones. “I like to use scriptures best of all. That way I am not infringing on another’s rights and I am teaching,” Pam stated.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.