Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Irvin Sr., pastor emeritus of Old Storm Branch Baptist Church, upon his retirement.
Students from the former Jefferson High of Bath claim Rev. Irvin as pastor, even though some of us are members of another church. We formed a special bond with Rev. Irvin when he was our teacher, student council advisor, counselor or assistant principal at Jefferson High.
Dr. Irvin helped to nurture our development when we were students, and has continued to mentor us in adulthood. He knew of the discipline that we still needed after high school, so as we matured he kindheartedly counseled us toward Christ-like living.
He knew of the potential within us, so he suggested we take responsibility for various tasks. This made way for various opportunities for advancement. He knew what could happen if we set goals and worked toward them, so he held us accountable for our actions through the years.
He knew his students needed more than just a few years of school-time instruction. He knew we needed a lifetime of this. He was always nearby to stand in the gap. I believe Dr. Irvin’s actions relating to his students were goal-directed. I believe he always aimed for us to carry on the deeds of service to humankind that he modeled for us.
He often asks his students to stand up. We must stand up with him in service to our fellow man. Dr. Irvin’s goal for us must be reached.
Jefferson High School alumni love, and give appreciation to and thanksgiving for, the Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Irvin Sr. for the service given to us so we might serve others in return.
Marsha F. Harris, Ed.D