Posted by Josh Roberts - email
BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - F.D.R. was elected president the same year Jimmy Lambert started preaching. He's been spreading the word for almost 70 years. In his time on the pulpit, the 99-year-old has worn out two bibles. He's on his third now, but he thinks it will probably be his last.
A long time ago, Pastor Jimmy planned to become a professional baseball player. But he found a new calling when he met a woman at a tent revival. That woman became Pastor Jimmy's wife, and he credits her with shifting his dreams from homeruns in the ballpark to grand slams in church.
Lambert says, "When I see a poor old sinner give his heart to the Lord, I say that's a homerun for God."
Pastor Jimmy doesn't have a sought after secret to old age; he says his diet is nothing special.
With a career that's spanned seven decades, he's never met his boss. But he says when he finally does, he'll retire from the job that's kept him standing all these years.