The couple married at Calvary Baptist in 1951 and Jean Ann's mother was a charter member.
Snedegar wanted to stop by the Hartley home and check on Jack after recent surgery.
He noted that all of his parishioners are interesting and fun. "I am the luckiest guy in the world," he said.
When Snedegar came to Calvary Baptist a year ago, there was talk of closing the church because of declining membership.
"There has been a 180-degree change in attitude," he said.
New people have been attending and attendance is growing, he said.
"I explained that at 76 years of age this could be the last church I serve. I'm willing to stay to get the church revived and rejuvenated. I'm willing to commit the last years of my life to this church," he said.
After 50 years in the ministry, he is still excited about his work.
"I've never had so much fun or enjoyed the ministry so much," he said. "I am on call 24 hours a day. The sermons are all new. I do research every week. We try to reach out to the elderly. We have a radio broadcast at 10 a.m. on Sundays."
A group meets the third Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall for a meal and a program.
He sees new life in the church.
"Closing the doors is not an option," he said.
Calvary Baptist Church is located on the corner at 510 Maryland Ave. on Charleston's West Side. For more information, visit calvarybcchas.org or call 304-343-4391.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail. com or 304-348-1246.
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