Winchester—Paul Atchison may be retired, but you wouldn’t know it.
The 72-year-old Winchester resident of 34 years is very active in repairing roofs, building handicapped ramps, or doing whatever needs to be done to serve churches and the surrounding community.
“I don’t want to sit down,” said Atchison, a member of Central Baptist Church in Winchester.
“He…is like the Energizer bunny, he is always on the move,” said Keith Stinson, a crew chief for disaster relief efforts.
In addition to his volunteering in construction, Atchison also serves as a deacon at his church, serves as a crew leader for Kentucky Changers and is on the board of directors for Clear Creek Baptist Bible College.
His ambition is to stay busy. He and other volunteers installed a bathroom in a church near Stanford that had never had an indoor bathroom. Just a few weeks ago, he helped take a roof off a house in Lexington to be used for women veterans.
“I want to help people and glorify God,” added Atchison, “We’re here to serve other people.”
Recently, Atchison was part of a relief team that was tasked with cutting down and hauling off 45 trees. The team allowed three days for the project and weren’t sure that much time was enough. The project was done in a day-and-a-half.
“All glory goes to God. He’s the one who gives us the physical ability to work,” Atchison pointed out.
The biggest project Atchison was a part of helped build three 1,000 square-foot cabins at Boone’s Creek Association Camp in Winchester. About 35-40 volunteers were involved with the project.
Atchison has heeded a call from Matthew 25:40 as a part of his calling to serve. “And the King will make answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (BBE).
And don’t think Atchison takes sole credit and responsibility for projects in which he’s been involved. “We’ve got a lot of good volunteers in our city and association.” (WR)