McCann, James B.

1/1/1972

JAMES B. MCCANN
-1972
 
I am having to write this from memory, which is a good way to write of a life-long friend. Buck and I came out of the Pineville Methodist Church, the only church either of us ever be-longed to. We neither started out to be a minister of the gospel, but heard a call later in life which we could not deny, therefore went into the work.
Buck did not have the advantage of education. He went to work and married early. He had the responsibility of a family, and too many problems were before him to take the long period of life to attend college and seminary. Therefore his ministry was served as an Approved Supply Pastor. But there is no man in the church who has given finer and more dedicated service than Buck.
His first pastorate, Palestine, was the pastorate of his father. Under his marvelous spirit it developed into one of the finest country churches in the Conference. It grew from a weak little thing to something which kept pace with its city cousins, and was progressive and forward looking. He served this work for seventeen years, only moving after I became his District Superin-tendent and we decided together it would be well for him not to spend his entire ministry in one place as he could well do.
He wanted to prove to himself that he could succeed in another place, and this he did. He moved to Epps for a splendid pastorate, then went to Indian Bayou for another long stay, and ended up in a very cultural community, Oak Ridge, which in the light of his lack of education demonstrated a gift of adaptation and fine spiritual life.
There is no way either to understand or explain his ministry apart from his beloved wife. She undergirded him in every endeavor.
Fifteen Pastors joined me in his memorial service and a thanks to God that this good and rich life had been among us.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1972; p. 140 By Jolly B. Harper