One of my fondest memories of 1st Baptist Church in Manlius, was our BYF group. Our leader, Mr. Bill Dudley, dedicated so much of his time and energy to us, not only on Sunday nights, but all of the extra activities that we participated in, associated with 1st Baptist. Mr. Dudley had such a gentle, patient spirit, that really exemplified Jesus to us. What a treasure God gave to us through him!
My life has been blessed beyond measure. I was a second grade teacher in the Cazenovia school district before starting our family, and later became a Special Education teacher. Phil and I are members of Eastern Hills Bible Church in Manlius, have raised a son and a daughter, and are now “Nana and Poppy” to a precious little girl. Mr. Dudley, I am so thankful to you for being a part of shaping and molding my life in such a positive way. The one memory of BYF that stands out in my mind, is standing in a circle, holding hands, and singing:
Blest be the Tie That Binds,
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above
Christian love, that says it all doesn’t it? That’s exactly what you showed us, Mr. Dudley. Thank you again and may our Lord bless you abundantly.
Beverley Greene Meloon