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"Call unto me and I will answer you and 

show you great and mighty things which you do not know."

Jeremiah 33:3

  

On March 3, 2002, Rev. Allen Yarbrough and his wife, Sheilah, began their ministry at First Baptist Church of Wabasso.  He became our longest tenured pastor in March of 2009.  Prior to coming to First Baptist, he served as the pastor of Old Union Baptist Church in Harlem, Georgia for fourteen years.  Pastor Allen began preaching at the age of eighteen.  He celebrated 25 years as a pastor on November 1, 2013. Prior to serving as a pastor, he served as a youth director in several churches. 

Through his leadership and encouragement, First Baptist has become a church with a heart for missions.  It is his desire for every person to realize that they can serve God in a variety of areas such as serving at soup kitchens, assisting at the community food pantry, being a participant on a mission trip or providing various items for mission projects throughout the year.  He believes God has equipped the church to do His work and it is our responsibility to do God's will.
 
Pastor Allen and Sheilah have been married since July 1974.  Someone once made the remark that "they don't just love each other, they like each other."  When asked to name one of his greatest assets in ministry, he responded "the love and support I receive from Sheilah who is not only a helpmate in life but also in ministry.
 
The love he has for his family can be heard as he shares memories and stories involving his two daughters, son-in-law and two granddaughters.  Although distance may separate them, they are a close-knit family who enjoy spending time together whenever possible.  

In 2011 their daughter, Angela, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Following surgery, treatment and a cancer free diagnosis, Angela would face the battle of breast cancer again in 2012.  She received a cancer free diagnosis once again following prescribed treatment.  However, her battle against breast cancer was not over because in 2013 she once again heard the diagnosis, "you have breast cancer."  Throughout each battle the family showed that they were a team in good times and bad as they fought the battle of breast cancer.  Angela was a brave warrior who shared her testimony and words of encouragement to others throughout her battle and on October 4, 2014 God welcomed her into the portals of Heaven.  

Pastor Allen and his family are adjusting to a new normal without Angela.  They are experiencing God's grace and mercy as He brings comfort to their lives.  It is the family's goal to share the message of hope and God's grace to others who are facing the battles of life.  

Their daughter, Aundrea, son-in-law, Donald, and granddaughters, Madison and Kailey, are active members of a local church in Newnan, Georgia.  While life can become quite hectic through their daily living they are making positive differences in the lives of others.