David Landrith, senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, has been diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer known as colorectal melanoma.
The full extent of his condition was revealed at a consultation with doctors last week. Church staff shared the news via social media Friday, and Brother David told his congregation the news in person during services Sunday.
"For years, David has led us to trust God in every circumstance," says Executive Pastor and long-time friend, Lance Taylor. "The way he is handling the news has already proven to be inspiring. I know God will use him to teach us about faithfulness. David wants nothing but God's glory to be made known through whatever happens."
The cancer is still in stage one, and there is no evidence that is has spread at this point. David is pursing all available treatment options.
The letter to the church family stated, "This news has certainly come as a shock to us all, but we can trust that David is in God's hands as he's always been. He believes what he preaches and has a strong faith. He wants us to be encouraged in our faith during this time as well. David expresses with the Psalmist: 'I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips' (Psalm 34:1)."
Church members ask others to pray for healing and comfort and that Brother David, his wife Jennifer and their three children will experience peace during this time.
"We hurt for our brother. We're concerned and we want to lift him up in prayer and rejoice in the Lord what he's doing in our lives in the midst of a struggle," says Next Generation Pastor Jeff Lovingood.
Pastor David Landrith is the third senior pastor in its 35-year history and has served at Long Hollow since 1997. Under his leadership, weekly attendance has grown from 350 to more than 7,000.
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