Going to Mullinix: Mostly Gentle Tales About Mostly Gentle Folks and Curious Critters
by Jerry Haywood
“Going to Mullinix” was my grandfather’s response every time someone asked where he was going.
I rode with Pa-Pa in his dark green Ford pickup throughout the little community of Chip, N.C. as he transported feed and biddies for his chicken and egg business. I was 10 to 12 years old at the time and “Mullinix” became for me an ideal, safe place from my childhood challenges and fears. When I became a pastor, I adopted “Mullinix” as a symbol of that place of authentic discipleship to which serious followers of Christ aspire. So, “going to Mullinix” became for me a metaphor for the “pressing on” journey of attaining higher levels of discipleship.
This is a collection of personal stories from my more than 45 years as a pastor. I reflect on how each of these stories or events, (mostly involving people or animals), have served as “signs” directing my walk as a disciple.
Jerry Haywood was pastor of Walnut Hills Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, for 35 years, retiring in 2004. Since his retirement, Jerry has served as both an intentional and traditional interim pastor in a number of churches around the Williamsburg area where and his wife, Jean, still reside. Jerry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of North Carolina and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southeastern Seminary. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.