I have had a host of titles that describe me. I have been a husband, a father, a grandfather, a son, and a brother, an uncle, a nephew, and a neighbor. I’ve been a minister for most of my life. These terms tell a lot about who I am and what I do, but none of them individually define me.
Do note this: each term is a relational. Each word describes how I’ve related to different people in different aspects of life.
My name is Carl White. I was married for 43 years to my best friend, Frances. I have three grown, married children, and six grandchildren.
I have two brothers with spouses and two sisters, one with a spouse, along with five nieces and nephews with a few more spouses. My father, my mother, and all of my grandparents have made the journey home.
I pastored Baptist churches over a span of 36 years, the same one for over 17 years. All total I have been the pastor of four churches, on the staff of two others, and served as a denominational editor for a total of 42 years. Now I’m retired.
While all of these relationships define me, none does so more than my relationship by faith with Christ. Without these relationships I would have no identity. In truth, I am the synthesis of all the relationships in my life. No one completely defines me, and the loss of one of these deeply grieved me.
This is who I am.