Lamar Bearden has pastored churches, as an ordained minister, in Gordon County for 50 years. He and his wife, Runette Bearden, have faithfully ministered to several area churches where Pastor Bearden was either a full time pastor or filled in as an interim pastor. Lamar and Runette were both born and raised in Gordon County and have called this there home for more than 80 years.

Lamar and Runette Bearden will be honored with a Pastor Appreciation reception on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Damascus Baptist Church. It will be a light reception of cake and punch. Damascus is located on Highway 41 in Calhoun. Everyone is welcome

Churches pastored were as follows:

Sept. 1968-Sept. 1971, Pleasant Valley

Sept. 1971-Sept. 1975, Pleasant Hill

Jan. 1976-May 1978, Pleasant Valley

Sept 1978-Aug. 1982, Riverview

Jan. 1983-Aug. 1993, Oostanaula

Nov. 1998-June 2000, Mt. Zion

Dec. 2002-Sept. 2011, New Zion

Bearden has also served as an interim pastor to several other churches and is now serving as interim at Damascus.