Wade E Taylor
Looking back upon the thirty years that Pinecrest Bible Training
Center has been in existence brings many memories. First of
all, in my knowing above all else, that it is the Lord's presence
and provision that has make it possible for there to be these
thirty years to contemplate.
For the first five weeks that we lived as a family on the
Campus, we had no electricity or running water. At night,
it was unusually dark due to the heavily wooded area that
surrounded the buildings. The only available light came from
a few kerosene lanterns. All the water had to be transported
from a spring that was about a half mile away.
The first school session began with no heat in the buildings.
It was not until the middle of October, when it had become
very cold, that we were able to have some heat. One of the
deepest, most lasting memories that I have of the beginnings
of Pinecrest are the times that I stood in the lower hallway,
wrapping my hand around a steam pipe, and praying that it
would become hot. At the time, this seemed almost impossible
I still look at this particular steam line, and reminisce
about my times of prayer there. It was during this time that
I gained a profound appreciation of the conveniences that
we so easily take for granted.
Many of the students from the first class, which began immediately
after the 1968 Labor Day weekend conference, have told me
that there was something very special about these early days
of no heat or hot water and very little food. They said they
had never before, nor since, experienced anything like these
pioneer days at Pinecrest, and that this had been the most
challenging and rewarding time of their lives.
During these difficult times, Preston Snowman, who I did
not know at this time, came to Pinecrest and said the Lord
had told him that he was to come as a teacher. This greatly
encouraged me, and over many years Preston faithfully ministered
to all who came to Pinecrest to meet with the Lord.
During the second year, Harry and Estelle Finn contacted
me from their home in Missouri, telling me that they had a
word from the Lord, to come to Pinecrest. They came from a
warm climate to visit Pinecrest for the first time, in January
of 1970. The day they were to return home to pray about this,
the temperature dropped to 40 degrees below zero. Their car
had to be towed into town and put in a heated building, so
it would start. Yet they later called saying they were to
come. Harry became a devoted friend, and a marvelous help
to me in the early days of intense struggle.
Later, Paul Sexton came from North Dakota, with a rich anointing
and teaching ministry. He had received a vision of matured
overcomers who were being prepared for the end-time, which
both challenged and helped to prepare me, for the fulfilling
of the specific calling of the Lord in bringing Pinecrest
into being - the preparation of a people who truly know the
Lord, understand His ways, recognize His voice, and are committed
to willingly respond to His guidance.
Another outstanding provision of the Lord was Edgar Parkins,
who founded and was in charge of a Bible School in the interior
of Africa for many years. He added a rich depth of teaching
to Pinecrest, and challenged all who came, to make a greater
consecration of their lives to the Lord.
There were many others, each being led in profound ways to
Pinecrest. Each of these added their part to the richness
of the spiritual atmosphere that presently abides within the
buildings, and on the campus of Pinecrest.
As I look back, I can only marvel at the wonderful, ongoing
provision of the Lord, from sources that were totally unknown
to me at the time. This has given me a faith and appreciation
concerning the provision of the Lord, that at one time, I
thought was impossible of attainment.
In looking forward to Pinecrest being under the leadership
of Ronald Taylor, I rejoice in how profoundly and clearly
the Lord had indicated that he was to take my place as President.
I often consider the path of preparation through which the
Lord carefully led Ronald. As a result, I can rest in the
fact that the Lord has adequately prepared him to take the
school forward into new realms of attainment.
Your interest and support of this ministry makes its continuance
possible; that the school might fulfill all that the Lord
intended when He first caused me to know that I would be the
first president of Pinecrest Bible Training Center, as I stood
before His Throne in October of 1959.
To each of you who are contributing to making this possible,