Pastor Bobby Stout still breaking ground

John Thompson • Mar 21, 2020 at 12:02 AM

ELIZABETHTON — Bobby Stout holds the title of pastor emeritus at Pleasant Beach Baptist Church after serving there as pastor for 43 years, but that doesn’t mean he is finished breaking new ground for the state of Tennessee.

On Thursday, Stout became the first person to give prayer before the Tennessee State Senate through a pre-recorded video. Stout was invited by state Sen. Rusty Crowe to give the opening prayer.

According to Pleasant Beach records, Stout was called by the church to be their minister on May 11, 1969. The church history says that “for the next 43 years, Bro. Bob & Mrs. Jan faithfully served our church and community.”

“Pastor Bobby Stout is one of our most beloved pastors. His life in service to our Lord has been a blessing to us all,” Crowe said. “We in the Tennessee Senate are proud of his wonderful and long-standing legacy. He is indeed a great Tennessean.”

According to a Senate press release, the video prayer during the second session of the 111th Senate was the first time in the state’s history that a prayer to begin a Senate session was delivered in this manner.

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