Passing on a solid tradition

Published 10:07 am Friday, August 15, 2014

There are churches just about everywhere you look in Western Tidewater, many of which were started decades ago. Not unlike banks, they’re perceived as visible symbols of stability in society. Whether a congregation grows, shrinks or disappears can depend on what’s happening in the community or nation at large.

One of those places of worship that’s lasted, Rock Church in Franklin, has shown its staying power with a recent announcement. New leadership will take the reins when the congregation celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.

That’s when Danny Dillon will succeed his father, Pastor David Dillon, as the church’s spiritual leader.

And as reported last week, the members evidently approve.

We could go on and on about the father and the son, but suffice it to say that we’re encouraged by such an announcement. This succession of leadership demonstrates that the church is composed of people committed not only to growing in their faith, but also to strengthening the community they serve.

To our thinking, it’s another example that the city and county are growing stronger.