Pastor Lynn Childress was born in Geraldine, AL, where he lived until he graduated high school in 1965. He then attended Northeast State Junior College in Scottsboro, AL. In 1967 he entered the U.S. Air Force and served through Vietnam in 1970. After his service to our country he returned home to Geraldine and won the heart of Shelia Richey. On March 6, 1971, Lynn and Sheila were married. They then both attended and graduated from Alabama A & M University. Lynn taught high school Agribusiness for 17 years before leaving in August of 1990 to serve full time in ministry at Agape Christian Fellowship. Sheila continues to teach school at Alexandria Elementary. Pastor Lynn and Sheila have two daughters and sons-in-law: Shelena and her husband Anthony Cofield, and Shelley and her husband Michael Martin. Michael and Shelley have given the family three grandchildren Michaela, Emma, and Isabella Martin.
Pastor Lynn was born again at the age of 14 at Salem United Methodist Church. In October, 1981 he was called by God to receive the work of the ministry. From June 1982-1985 he served as the pastor at Haygood United Methodist Church. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA for two summers under the Biblical Studies program. In December of 1985 Lynn and his family moved to Alexandria, AL where he became pastor of Agape Christian Fellowship in June of that year.
In June of 2002 Pastor Lynn suffered a severe brain aneurysm. He was rushed to UAB hospital in Birmingham, AL, and was unresponsive his first night. The doctors were not optimistic on the condition he would be in on the following morning. During that first night, Pastor Lynn’s family along with the saints of Agape prayed for a miracle. Early the next morning the actual bleed could not be located. The breathing apparatus was removed, and Lynn was responsive. Even though the CAT scans from the previous day showed the medium size bleed, the doctors could not locate it.
Pastor Lynn stayed 2 weeks in NICU and had to have a shunt placed in his brain to dump excess spinal fluid. To the doctors disbelief that would also soon no longer be needed. Praise Jesus for Pastor Lynn’s total healing!