Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – Paul Shero, minister of Southgate Church of Christ was eulogized, roasted and toasted by minister colleagues, family, friends and congregation at his 40th anniversary party which was held at the Cactus Hotel mezzanine last month.

Shero’s sense of humor was evident when he invited Conexión to his party as he stated that there was no truth to the rumor that no, it was not a retirement party, nor a going away party.

As for being eulogized, it is defined as a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, especially a set oration in honor of a deceased person; high praise or commendation. Shero was in this sense eulogized--spoken well of him while he was still alive, which many of his minister friends and others did.

Left-to-right: Gregorio Gutiérrez, wife, Araceli, Patsy Shero, Paul Shero and a member of Southgate Church of Christ.

After dinner which was catered by Packsaddle Bar-B-Que was served, Ward Lusk who served as master of ceremonies, for the entertainment portion, introduced two members from Shero’s congregation, saying “I said there would be entertainment, I stand corrected” as the two men sang off-key “Happy anniversary.”

One other member, Grace Bird, humorously sang the words “Will you still preach here, when I am 64?” Shero responded with a loud “yes.”

And fellow retired minister, John Cannon, who came all the way from Paris, Texas said, “Óver the years when I was becoming dull, and I thought I was about to lose my edge, you were always there to sharpen me, and I will forever be grateful.”

Cannon concluded his remarks with a scripture reference. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV)

Conexión interviewed Paul Shero prior to his being honored. Shero, whose dad was a preacher, stated he always wanted to be a preacher since he was five-years-old. By the time he arrived to shepherd Southgate, he was 30-years-old and had nine years of experience being a minister. What he remembered fondly was the day he preached his first message to his 150-member congregation it was on Christmas Day, December 25, 1977. Today, Southgate averages about 400 under his ministry.

Conexión asked Shero what did it mean for him to be at a church for these past 40 years.

“I think God was kind to me to bring me here because this is a good city and a good church,” he said. Minister Shero was grateful that in his 40 years of ministry, he got to see his two daughters, oldest one, Kimberly who was six-years-old then and four-year-old Jennifer, grow up in the community, both raised in the same house that he lives in and attending the same church where he ministered for all those years.

What do you want your legacy to be remembered as?

“I want to be remembered as faithful.” Shero concluded the interview, saying he had no plans to retire because he loves what he was called to do, “preach the gospel."

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine,” II Timothy 4:2, KJV. 

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