Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Man of the Year: William L. ‘Bill’ Crider

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It's hard to say when the Rev. Bill Crider realized he was the 2012 Man of the Year.

While he sat at the table surrounded by family and close friends, his facial expression never changed.

"I am speechless," Crider said, as he accepted the award. "I guess I could say I'm kind of like the lightening bug that got its tail cut off. I'm de-lighted. But I'm also frightened. You know, the scareder I sat there, the longer I got. I had no idea."

Crider said he was happy that four of his heroes were at the banquet: his pastor, The Rev. Leland Crawford, Col. Carl Thompson, The Rev. Bill Ichter and his brother-in-law Ken Garcin.

"I'll have to shore up my act a little bit more to deserve this," Crider said.

As he introduced Crider at Tuesday's 2012 Annual Chamber Banquet, Col. Thompson referred to Crider as one of the community's cornerstones who would be recognized for his service.

"He's a quiet man who has for many years served our community, our citizens and God quietly, and almost unnoticed," Thompson said. "Tonight is his night."

Crider was born in Franklin Parish near Delhi, one of seven children.

"He acquired a valuable work ethic doing farm chores," Thompson said. "His love for God led him to accept Jesus Christ at the age of 18 on Easter Sunday 1959."

Thompson went on to talk about Crider's academics and sports. He had a love for education and graduated high school as Salutatorian. He acquired degrees in education in the 1960s.

After teaching for a time, Thompson said that vocation was not in God's plan for Crider.

"God called him to the ministry after attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth," Thompson said. "He was called to Minden First Baptist Church in 1993 to serve as Minister of Senior Adults."

Crider married his love, Sondra, in 1967. They have a son, Wes, daughter-in-law Patricia and granddaughter Callie.

Thompson went on to name "only a few" of Crider's services to the community, which mostly include ministries to senior adults.

"He also ministers to those in financial, emotional and spiritual need," Thompson said. "He dedicates many hours each week visiting seniors in hospitals and long-term care facilities, the home-bound, those sick at home and the bereaved."

Crider has participated in 35 international missions and 20 national mission campaigns.

 

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