When first meeting William Haggart, it's easy to believe that this man has devoted his life to God; he is the definition of humility -- a true servant.
William Haggart said, shortly after becoming a Christian at age 11, he knew he wanted to work in evangelism.
He said he was 12-years-old, attending a missions service in Mulberry, Ark., when he felt his call to ministry. "I remember it very vividly. God spoke to my heart, and after that I?knew I would be involved in the ministry," Haggart said.
Haggart worked in a number of secular professions and has pastored at various churches throughout the years. He began pastoring at the First Assembly of God Church in Salem in 1994.
Haggart said he loved the people and the congregation in Salem, but in June 2000, he felt God was guiding him in another direction. "We (Haggart and his wife Patty) moved to Fort Smith then. I worked at the church with my son there as an associate minister," Haggart said. "My wife was the minister of music. It was a joy to able to be active in the congregation there."
However, it didn't take long before Salem came calling, and as the old saying goes: God works in mysterious ways.
In 2004 Haggart's replacement was changing congregations. "Some members from Salem called and asked me if I could come back. I agreed to come back for a few months as an interim pastor until a replacement was found. We see how that went," Haggart said laughing at the fact that he's been working with the congregation ever since.
Now, however, Haggart feels it is time to change.
Though he is not moving to Searcy to become a pastor at another congregation, he is continuing to do evangelical work he said.
Haggart said he is about to begin working with an Assembly of God affiliated mission program called MAPS (Mission America Placement Service).
Haggart said he and his wife will be involved in the construction and renovation of mission-approved projects like teen challenge centers, children's homes, college facilities, campgrounds and other churches across the nation.
"Really pastoral ministry is not a vocation, it's a burden of the heart ... so no, (Patty and I) aren't retiring. You never retire from this life," Haggart said. "Ministering to others and serving the Lord, that's something you do a lifetime."