THE WORD: God’s (still) not done with Jimmy Dunn

Published 9:35 am Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Word article that I still get the most feedback from is one about a fellow minister by the name of Jimmy Dunn.

If you have ever lived in Buckingham County, you probably know of his impact among those who are hurting, downcast and suffering. His charitable manner has ministered to many people in times of their need. He has pastored in two Buckingham County churches for 20 years at the same time! I would not be surprised if he has not been in every Baptist church to preach or visit.

He has been called “The Bishop of Buckingham” by fellow ministers. This is an updated revisit of that article. Two Sundays ago we celebrated Jimmy Dunn’s 80th Birthday at our church by having him preach, pick his favorite hymns and of course, we ate following the worship service. It was a glorious day to see Rev. Dunn in action, and frankly, was the best sermon I had ever heard him preach. Others have also commented the same.

Monday, the next day, he was involved in an automobile accident. He is on the road to recovery and is doing well, but it no doubt has shaken so many who have been touched by his ministry throughout the years. In fact, I have heard it said several times since his health crisis that he is Buckingham’s own Billy Graham. Here are Rev. Dunn’s thoughts that were printed originally in the bulletin of the FBC Dillwyn:

God is Good – All the Time! This week, I’ve been on the mountain and I’ve been in the valley. Last Sunday was a real joy for me, as I was able to preach in a church I love, enjoy fellowship with all of you, my friends and family, and to celebrate my 80th birthday. I thank all you for what you did to make that occasion so wonderful, and for all the mission gifts to help feed the needy through Rise Against Hunger. And thanks to all who took care of the meal.

But – Monday morning, I slid off the mountain and spent two days in the hospital. Many bruises, a few cuts and a couple of fractures later, I am recovering, thanks to your prayers and God’s loving hand on me. I’m sore and purple in spots, don’t like my horse collar, but I’ll make it. You are all special to me, and I’m grateful to God for you and all you have done for me. Keep praying!

Let’s remember, “The God on the mountain is still God in the valley.” — Jimmy

Are you discouraged? Are you about to give up? Let those words take hold of your heart. May you be encouraged by them to continue living as God would have you live! That’s why I can say that God is STILL not done with Jimmy Dunn!

REV. JOHN MOXLEY can be reached at Jmoxley1@juno.com.