The Beaver Dam Baptist Church will never quite be the same. After forty years of service, this week's Hometown Hero will retire.
Pastor Glenn Armstrong is a name many say is recognized all over the Beaver Dam, Ky., community.
"He has truly went beyond the church doors and reached out into the community and made everyone's life better," Mary Pate said.
Pate has numerous personal connections with Pastor Armstrong - he married her daughter and baptized her son.
"it is very hard to put into words what Brother Armstrong has personally meant to me and my family," Pate said.
"Being a part of people's lives for forty years; marrying their babies being there when their babies were born and marrying their children - you feel like your part of so many different people's lives," Armstrong explained.
Pastor Armstrong said many think retiring is an easy decision, but not for him.
"The decision to retire was a traumatic decision to make and I made it over a period of several years," Armstrong explained.
Josh Fulkerson said Pastor Armstrong led him to his life of ministry.
"Brother Armstrong influence and nurturing had a tremendous effect on me, my call into ministry and supporting me in that decision," Fulkerson said.
The church is very honored the Pastor Armstrong will remain a member.
"Wherever this church may go, Brother Armstrong will be behind the scenes supporting every effort," Pate explained.
"The idea to have impacted that many lives is humbling and it's also something that makes me very proud," Armstrong said.
The Beaver Dam Baptist Church honored Pastor Armstrong in a very special ceremony this past Sunday, May 20, 2007.
The congregation presented him with a brand new 2007 Toyota Avalon as a retirement gift.