Rowlett celebrates 90th birthday, 60 years as pastor

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The Rev. Samuel A. Rowlett Jr. celebrated two milestones this summer.

Rowlett, who has held the position of pastor at Central Baptist Church since 1953, turned 90 years old Saturday.

Rowlett and his family became permanent members of Mansfield the last Sunday in June 1953 and he continues to be an active pastor. On June 30, approximately 250 people celebrated Rowlett’s 60th year as pastor. The day began with a proclamation presented by Mayor David L. Cook. D.L. Moody, president of Arlington Baptist College, also presented Rowlett with a lifetime achievement award and the Texas State Senate sent the pastor a certificate of congratulations.

KTVT, channel 11, news filmed and interviewed the pastor for a segment called “Profiles of Courage” that aired July 5.

Many people have compassionate stories to tell concerning Rowlett’s acts of kindness. He spent time as a prisoner of war during World War II and made a promise to God at that time. He is a very humble man but loves to boast that of the nine people present on his first day at Central Baptist in 1953 (excluding his four family members), three are still members in his congregation. The remaining charter members have passed away.

Rowlett and his wife, Billie, worked to spread God’s word. In 2006, Billie passed away, but Rowlett has continued to fulfill his promise to God with an agenda filled with hospital and home visits or other duties.

His biggest concern centers on a piece of property at the intersection of Walnut Creek Drive and Pleasant Ridge Drive, the future site of Central Baptist. Rowlett hopes to stand in the pulpit at that location.

On July 13, Rowlett celebrated his 90th birthday. On July 14, the congregation celebrated the milestone with sandwiches and birthday cake after the morning worship.

Someone once asked Rowlett when he was going to retire. His answer: “When the Lord calls me home!”

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