John Younginer was embarrassed to be chosen Grand Marshall for this year’s North Augusta Lions Club Christmas Parade.
“I am greatly honored,” he said.
He is active in the community as chairman of the Municipal Election Commission and a volunteer at University Hospital and at Grace United Methodist Church. However, he believes the honor was bestowed more for community work that was performed while he was the senior pastor of Grace.
From 1977 to 1989, Younginer served in that role and worked to involve the church in the community.
Under his leadership, an interdenominational, mid-week Lenten service was begun and continues today. A number of churches and participate in the service.
The church also organized a community Thanksgiving service under his leadership.
“We just did a lot of things to try to bring the community together,” he said.
While he was pastor, lightning struck the church and destroyed it. The entire North Augusta community rallied to help rebuild the church.
“I don’t think we’ve ever forgotten it,” Younginer said. “We’re continually grateful for the help we received.”