It’s always sad for us to lose a member of our church family, but the ones who go on before us aren’t sad at all. Their work is finished here and it’s time for them to enter into the joy of eternal life. Our hope and our belief is that we’ll meet them again and have a great reunion. Here is our wall of fame to remember those who are waiting for us and who were a true part of our family.
Carol: a loving, kind and humble spirit. Never seeking the spotlight, a strong leader, quietly bringing people together with the purpose of fellowship and sharing the gospel of Christ.
She often made it her purpose to bless others without recognition or grandeur, joyfully serving her Lord. Her favorite things: praise, worship, reading her Bible, and spending time with her family. A close friend of hers noted, Carol was not only a dispatcher in her profession, but she often acted as a dispatcher in life; addressing the needs of others, organizing people, and allowing their talents to unfold without the desire for control. It was a true gift, revealing her genuine love for others.
Carol found joy in everything. Small things often seemed to matter the most to her. Her appreciation of the simple was incredibly inspiring and often caused us all to take a second look.
Carol was a real spark during her time here at BCF and heaven’s gain is certainly our loss.
Trent Spradling was one of the founding members of Brandon Christian Fellowship in 1987. Trent was a successful person in business, family and in ministry. His good humor and gentle nature, tempered with clear convictions was one of the reasons that he led so many to Christ during his life. He often read the scriptures to the church and was enthusiastic about getting others involved in ministry. He was a kind adviser and a wise man we greatly miss.
“Bridge” would light up a room just by walking into it, and he could light it up when he played his saxophone as well. A kind and gentle man who loved to have a good time with his friends and family and always shared his love for people and his love for God with joy.
Before he settled in Florida, Bridge was a fixture of the R&B scene, known for his work as Aretha Franklin’s saxophonist, both in the studio and live. He played on Franklin’s song Respect and other hits.
Bridge produced the solo album Bridges to Cross in 1977, that included Cornell Dupree, Anthony Jackson and Steve Gadd. He also worked with King Curtis, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Whitney Houston and Jimi Hendrix.
No one can replace that big smile but we’re certainly blessed to have known him and shared some years of his journey and we’re glad that he and his wife, Cathie, call BCF “home.”
Jack Germain was a political writer for the Sacramento Bee and also worked in the Jerry Brown, Sr. Governor’s office in California politics. He was also a great actor and producer who met his wife, Marilyn, in Massillon, Ohio, before moving to Brandon and joining our fellowship. Jack always had a few secrets behind those sparkling eyes and he loved a good joke and getting together with friends and family.
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