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April 22, 2013

Star of the Week: Don Griffin

MERIDIAN —     Last week, Don Griffin responded to a call he received five years ago: He delivered his first sermon.

    The 42-year-old Meridian native said when he realized he had been called for higher purpose, he didn't answer right away because it was something he'd vowed he would never do.

    "Being a preacher's son, I have been told since I was 5 years old that I was going to be a preacher," said Griffin, who is the son of the late Rev. W.C. Griffin, who pastored for more than 50 years – 37 of them at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

    "I wanted to prove everyone wrong," he said.

    Once Griffin accepted his calling, he decided to share the news with others – which proved to be a difficult feat.

    "The only person I told before my public announcement was my wife – who I had tried to tell on several occasions, but I just couldn't let the words come out of my mouth," he said. "I told her two days before my public announcement because I didn't want to surprise her like that.

    "Most, if not all, of my family already knew or felt it; so they weren't too surprised. To be honest, it seemed as if everyone but me knew for years," Griffin said, laughing at the thought.

    Preparing his first sermon was much easier. In fact, it was heaven sent.

    "My first sermon was given to me in the middle of the night by God. I had had many battles before my announcement on what I was to say, and he gave me what to say – scripture and all," Griffin said.

    Now that he has delivered the message, Griffin is waiting for God to reveal his next step.

    "This is all so new to me, but I want to be led to do God's will," he said. "If he leads me to pastor, I will. And if he just wants me to evangelize and lead lost souls to him, I will do that."

    Griffin's background in ministry is deeply rooted. In addition to his father, his grandfather, Otis Griffin, was a minister, and he has a nephew, Travis Griffin, plus several cousins who have also answered the divine call. Griffin also has an older brother, William C. (Bill) Griffin Jr., who announced his call to the ministry just before him.

    A graduate of Meridian High School and the Hotel/Restaurant Management Program at Meridian Community College, Griffin is currently employed at Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library. He is the ninth of 10 children born to the Rev. W.C. and Barbara Griffin.

    Married to the former Susan Twilley, Griffin enjoys cooking, reading, laughing and life.

    "I love to serve people and I love watching Alabama football – Roll Tide!," he said.

    To others in search of their calling or purpose in life, Griffin offers the following encouragement: "Ask God to show and give you your life calling, and then wait on his direction. He calls us all to do different ministries."

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