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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

How Does a Preacher Become a Celebrity?

 I have just spend a good four hours reading and outlining Thabiti Anyabwile posts on "Celertiy and Rock Star Pastors.  
I downloaded his post on Word and then outline the matter and read his links.
I had 41 pages by the time I was finish, and download another six, and could have downloaded another 20 (which I will do later)

What makes someone a Celebrity in the first place?
We are in a celebrity culture?
When we thank of a celebrity we think of someone in the movie or TV world. We generally think of someone who is really a celebrity that has really never done anything.

And of course we use terms that we can't really define very well?

·       I think it was C.S. Lewis who counseled writers to be sure to choose words and write in such a way that the reader’s understanding and conclusion can only be what the author meant.  That’s a tall order, but it’s necessary.  
Generally when the term "Celebrity Pastor" is used it is used in a negative way. For some reason some don't like to see a Pastor with the celebrity status.  So how does a pastor or preacher get such a status as a "celebrity Pastor" any way. 

So Thabiti gaves several post on this subject. As I said there are 31 pages and then I added 10 pages of footnotes and references.