CFB pastor shows heart for outreach
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 12, 2013 | 2084 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mahlon LeCroix digs a footer for a rebuilding project at Disney Lake shortly after becoming pastor of Cordova First Baptist Church last summer. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
Mahlon LeCroix digs a footer for a rebuilding project at Disney Lake shortly after becoming pastor of Cordova First Baptist Church last summer. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
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CORDOVA — Mahlon LeCroix’s first year as pastor of Cordova First Baptist has been a blur of activity.

He serves as chaplain for the Cordova High School football team and is also a substitute teacher at the high school.

He is a part-time dispatcher, reserve officer and chaplain at the police department.

He gives the invocation at every Cordova City Council, where he prays for both economic and spiritual revival to come to the city.

LeCroix has also challenged his congregation to get involved in the community.

In July 2012, less than a month after he became pastor, Cordova First Baptist joined the long-term recovery effort by prepping a site for a rebuilding project at Disney Lake.

This week, the church has teamed up with a group of fellow Baptists from Florida to host Cordova Mission Week.

LeCroix’s goal is for the church to begin completing one mission project a month. He wants the people of Cordova to view First Baptist Church as a place where good things are happening.

“When they come by the church, I want them to say, ‘This church cares and they’re doing something,’” LeCroix said.

A native of Athens, LeCroix was close to graduating from The Baptist College of Florida when he read about the opening at Cordova First Baptist.

Although LeCroix loved the church he was pastoring in Holmes County, Fla., he also felt the desire to move back to Alabama to be closer to his mother.

LeCroix mailed his resume to Cordova and got no response. He called and spoke with a deacon at the church and didn’t hear back for another six months.

He later learned that his resume had been moved to the bottom of the stack several times because Florida seemed too far away for the pulpit committee to go looking for a pastor.

Finally, LeCroix was the only interested pastor left.

When he traveled to Cordova to meet with church members, several were afraid that he would turn down the position after seeing the destruction caused by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

In fact, the desperation he observed among the people had the opposite effect.

“I said, ‘That’s where I want to be,’ because my ultimate goal is that the city will be built back and its foundation will be a spiritual foundation,” LeCroix said.