By JOHN HUNN, Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church
I am so thankful to be celebrating Thanksgiving back in Lebanon, Tennessee.
I came to Lebanon from Ohio in 1982 as a confused young man hoping to make something of my life, but unsure if I really could.
Everything fell in place here for me. I had no idea how kind the people of Lebanon would be. I enrolled at Cumberland University, at that time it was known as Cumberland College, but knew little or nothing about the school or the city.
I am grateful to President Ernest Stockton for the way he took time for each student. I am equally thankful to President Bob Clement for being such an encourager to me in the classroom and on the court. The present President of the school Dr. Harvill Eaton has already become a dear friend.
Thirty years ago I had no idea how significant a role Cumberland University would play in my life. I could not have imagined that Woody Hunt would be the man that gave direction to my life. There is a reason Coach Hunt has never left and a reason that I came back.
I am grateful that I live in a community that supports God and Country. I am thankful for godly men like Donald Owens and Ken Tramel, Pastors who invested heavily in my spiritual life.
I have enjoyed the fellowship of Christians from many churches and have been moved to tears by the sacrifices of soldiers like our own Eric Emmert.
I hope to be a part of the reason others are thankful for living here. There’s no place like home and I thank God for sending me to Lebanon, again.