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Every Church Has One

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Every Church Has One

Robert and Kathy Dansbys were pastoring a home missions church in Canada. Fellowship was rare and hearing someone else preach was even rarer. They were out of Bro. I. H. Terry’s church in Bakersfield, California.

Family members and friends often sent preaching tapes of Bro. Terry and Bakersfield’s guest speakers to the Dansbys.

One day Bro. Dansby received a phone call from home telling him about an awesome evangelist named Bro. Larry Booker. His preaching was phenomenal, the home church loved him and they sent a bunch of his preaching tapes up to Canada.

Pastor Robert Dansby

The Dansbys absolutely loved the preaching of Bro. Booker. They asked for more tapes. More tapes were sent. They too fell in love with the ministry of this great man of God. They had never met him, or even seen a picture of him, but they loved him. They were saddened when the revival ended.

A few years later, Bro. Dansby resigned his church in Canada and moved back to the United States.

At the next Camp Meeting in Santa Maria, California, the Dansbys went. They enjoyed the fellowship of the preachers and the ministry of the Word. It was good to be around old friends.

While seated in the Bible Class one afternoon in the old tent, they noticed a very tall man come in and make his way down the aisle. He sat across the aisle from them, and a row or two ahead. He slouched his 6’ 8” frame way down into the seat.

This ‘stranger’ really seemed to enjoy the Bible Study and said amen often and loud. At times, during the message the whole congregation got blessed and they all said amen and clapped. Some even stood.

The tall guy, would wave his hands erratically from time to time, and with closed eyes nearly scream the words, “God! God! God! God!” Then he would talk in tongues and shake all over.

Sis. Kathy Dansby turned and looked at the man. She’d never seen anyone act like that in church. She turned her attention back to the preacher.

Again, at a high note in the sermon, the crowd responded and the man across the aisle went into his own worship mode again. He shook. He waved his long arms. He talked in tongues. He screamed, “God! God! God! God!”

Sis. Kathy Dansby

Sis. Dansby made a bit of a face and shook her head and looked at her husband. “Every church has one,” she said with a knowing smirk.

Bro. Dansby couldn’t hold back the laughter. “Do you know who that is? He inquired.

“No.” She said.

“That’s Bro. Larry Booker. I met him just before the service.”

“Noooooo!!!” Was about all Sis. Dansby could say in disbelief.

Even years later, Bro. Dansby didn’t feel comfortable telling Bro. Booker what his wife had said about him. So he didn’t. Well, he didn’t for quite a few years.

Pastor Larry Booker

Eleven years later, to be exact, Bro. Booker invited Bro. Dansby to preach for him in Rialto, California. During that visit, Bro. Dansby got up enough nerve to tell Bro. Booker the story.

Bro. Booker’s great sense of humor surfaced as he roared in laughter. The next service night while introducing Bro. Dansby to preach, Bro. Booker retold the story.

“Yes,” Bro. Booker said, “Every church has one. This church just happens to have one for a pastor!”


(Special thanks to my friend, Bro. Robert Dansby for permission to write this story.)

Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 21, 2010 at 1:59 am

Posted in Humor

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  1. Great story.

    Bobby Ikerd

    September 21, 2010 at 8:29 am

  2. I had heard this story before but thoroughly enjoyed reading it again!!

    I love it!!

    What an awesome man of God Bro. Booker is!!

    Heidi Flowers

    September 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

  3. I love this story. I love the Dansbys. I love Larry Booker. I love Bro. Ballestero.

    Johnny King

    September 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  4. Oh yes, that is so sweet! We just had him at our church in buford, Georgia for one night just a little over a week ago for mid week service. He preached on if you can still smile when you cannot see the face of God? He used the scriptures about Moses hid in the cleft of the rock and God passed by and he saw the hinder parts of God only. He lays hands on people and pray, “God, God,God,God….” and has tha hanky in his hand and that hanky and his hand both across that forehead of the person at the alter. I bought his book I loaned years ago and never came back. I am reading “Journey of a Lifetime” for the 3rd time.

    Janell and tom Puleo

    September 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  5. LOL, I had heard that story mentioned in a church service not long ago! Funny!! LOL! What a wonderful thing for every church to have one of!
    God bless the ministry! 🙂


    September 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm

  6. Nobody but Bro. Marty Ballestero!!

    Dr. John Scheel

    September 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

  7. Years ago I heard what I call a “Masterpiece Sermon” by Rev. Larry Booker, the title, “Dark Ages” preached at a Wednesday morning service in Lufkin, TX. I believe this message should be on You Tube for the whole world to listen to. It is very prophetic in the vision and teaching by Brother Booker. Maybe you can suggest this to him if you ever talk to him.

    Thank you.

    C. Morgan
    Orange, TX

    Carolyn Morgan

    January 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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