By Karen L. Willoughby, UI Connections Staff Writer
WHITE BIRD, Idaho – Randy Myers was 30 and working for NASA in the San Francisco Bay area when he first made a profession of faith in Jesus. The week before he did, Mike McGuire recommitted his life to the Lord at the same Warm Springs Southern Baptist Church in Fremont, Calif.
The men studied together at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, where they started Tri-Cities Baptist Church. McGuire, a former Mormon, returned to Utah in 1982 and invited Myers in 1983 to join him as associate pastor at East Carbon Baptist Church, near Price.
“After eight months, Mike and I helped start [churches in] Wellington and Huntington, and then the Lord called me to start one in Green River. I was there five years,” Myers said. “Then the Lord called me to Pleasant View Baptist Church as pastor and also as a Home Mission Board church planter to restart a church in Cottonwood, Idaho, that had been closed for five years after the Job Corps Center closed and the members moved away.”
During his 16-year stint at Pleasant View, Myers also started works in Mount Idaho, and Nez Perce, in addition to Cottonwood. His years of ministry in Central Idaho was followed by five years at First Baptist Church in Vernal, Utah, and six years at Crestline Baptist Church in Spokane, Wash.
“The Lord just used Mike and me as church planters,” Myers said. “We never worried about finances. We trusted God to take care of us and He always did.”
McGuire now lives with poor health in Burley, Idaho.
Myers was 71 when he “Just got tired,” he said. “It was the end of March. We’d had two feet of snow and I was shoveling the driveway. ‘We need to go someplace warmer,’ I told my wife.” They retired and moved to Tennessee.
Three months later Myers un-retired and became the “connections pastor” at a Tennessee church, until a woman from Pleasant View started calling him because they needed a pastor or the church would probably wither away.
“The Lord convicted me that He – the Lord – still had plans for Pleasant View and that I was not through ministering as a pastor,” Myers said.
When asked for words of wisdom about planting churches, Myers said, “All I knew was to listen to God, trust God, go where God told me to go, and then depend on God to do the work through me. God has been faithful all these years and I praise the Lord. He was willing to use clay vessels – cracked pots – like Sue and me to share salvation with lost people.”