Godly Men 2013
Raleigh Sadler knows what it’s like to be on the “other side” of the door of knowing Christ. At 7-years-old he remembers when his dad opened the door of his family’s Cocoa Beach home to Harold Brantley, then director of missions for the Brevard Baptist Association. Brantley asked Sadler’s father if he would like to attend a meeting at the church. The elder Sadler declined, but Sadler remembers thinking the last time someone invited him to a “badness” church, he had ice cream.
What 7-year-old doesn’t want ice-cream?
And since then, he hasn’t missed many opportunities to attend church. “We all started going to Clear Lake Baptist Church,” Sadler told Florida Baptist Witness. From there, he attended a local church where Matt Jackson, now the youth pastor at Eau Gallie First Baptist Church, began to disciple him.
Growing and developing as a leader, Sadler got involved in Baptist Campus Ministries at the University of Central Florida. It is a effort supported through the Cooperative Program of the Florida Baptist State Convention. There, Brad Crawford had a tremendous influence in his life, Sadler said.
Finally, among a host of others, Joseph Boatwright, pastor emeritus at Aloma Baptist Church in Winter Park, has had a steady influence in his life, Sadler said.
For more information about Sadler’s ministry, please go to his website “Urban Grace” at http://raleighsadlernyc.com/ and to ask him to speak email him at Raleigh.Sadler@gmail.com
Follow Sadler on twitter at @raleighsadler
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