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A life devoted to ministry

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Submitted photo After 37 years with Temple, Dale Oden is retiring, but will remain active in the church.

A native of Bogalusa, Dale Oden found his way to Ruston 37 years ago.

“I was serving in a church in Clinton, Miss., and had been there for about six years,” Dale said. “Temple contacted me needing a minister of education and after a period of a few months we moved on Feb. 4, 1976, my daughter’s first birthday, and we have been here ever since.”

A graduate of Bogalusa High School and Mississippi College, Dale received his religious education at New Orleans Baptist Seminary. With his wife Sadel, he raised two children in Ruston, Angela and Jonathan.

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