Books [Daring the Devil]
Then a call came for me to go to the Northside Baptist Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There had been dissension in the church, and I found eight members on the roll. The only salary I had for three months was the loose collections I received each Sunday, usually six or eight dollars. Then the deacons fixed my salary at $1,500 and they paid me full salary for the months I hadn't gotten much money. The membership grew to four hundred, ad the salary increased to 1,900. After Staying there nine years, I moved over to West End, where I stayed for four years at a salary of 2,200. Our next call came from Columbia, and these folks have already put up with me for ten years.
“We built this parsonage at a cost of $4,500, ad it's paid for. Now we're planning a new church. We bought those corner lots for $1,000, and $7,000 has been collected on a $30,000 plant. We'll begin work on it pretty soon. If I have any worries now about finances, it's my fault. We should live pretty well on my salary of $2,600, and we do. As soon as my check comes, we take out a tenth. Been tithing eighteen years. The balance is divided equally between me and my partner, Mrs. Wiley. We both have budgets. She takes care of the household bills, and I care for insurance premiums, doctor's bills and the big thing like that. She beats me a little saving. She's pretty thrifty. There are lots of extra demands on a preacher's pocket-book. I'm going this afternoon to take two poundings to two families. One moved in here from Charlotte, North Carolina, without friends, money, or a job. Then there's a poor woman over here dying with cancer, and she's in dire need of help. Lord, Lord, folks do have such a hard time.
“I'm moderator of the Baptist Association, Red Cross chairman of the county, president of the Temperance Club, and president of the Civitan Club.