After two decades of Our Faith columns, well over one thousand and counting, you might not expect to find something completely different in this space this week.

But the famed Guinness Book of World Records confirms that our own Rev. D.N. Benford Sr., leader of Texas City’s Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, has been officially recognized as “the longest-serving pastor of a single church.” That would be some 72 years — and still working every Sunday.

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