McAlister was ordained a deacon on wJune 22, 1964. Fifty years to the day, June 22, the church presented McAlister with a plaque in appreciation of his service.
When McAlister and the late Curtis Watson were ordained in 1964, the Rev. Richard McKinney impressed on the two the “importance of the role of a deacon in the Baptist church.”
McKinney told them a deacon “must be a minister, caregiver, peacemaker and a prime supporter” of his church and pastor.
The board in 1964 consisted of the Rev. James L. Watson, the Rev. Thomas Franks, Frank Houston and R.W. Watson.
The position of deacon is designed to ensure unity and servitude within the local church.
For more than 50 years, McAlister has provided the leadership through service and promoted unity within the congregation.
Current pastor Keith Watson noted, “Glenn is a very talented man — a master woodworker, custom knife builder, an electrician and a devoted Sunday school teacher, but his greatest accomplishment has been serving other as a deacon for more than 50 years.”
Pastor Watson said, “Glenn is the kind of guy who others look up to. His caring for others has made a significant impact in the life of many, including my children.”
The present deacons at Council Baptist are Richard Booher, David McAlister, Dean McAlister, Glenn McAlister, Kenneth Rayburn and Phil Liner.
This year Council Baptist Church is celebrating 86 years in the community.
During McAlister’s service, the church has grown from a four-room wooden structure builtin 1928 to a modern brick building constructed in 1975
McAlister retired from Hardwick/Maytag.
He recently celebrated 49 years of marriage to Wylene Headrick McAlister. They have one daughter Theresa Painter, son-in-law Marquis Painter and two granddaughters: Lyndsey and Sasacha Painter.