Retired pastor H.D. Youngblood Jr. was recently honored with an award from the Pennsylvania Association of Regular Baptist Churches.. During the group’s Spring Conference Meeting April 4-5, they honored Youngblood with the “Faithful Servant Award” for 43 years serving in ministry.
A proclamation from the PARBC announced. “We your fellow pastors, and members of Baptist churches in fellowship with the Pennsylvania Association of Regular Baptist Churches , consider it our privilege to honor you for your many years of faithful ministry of God's Word in churches of like faith both here in Pennsylvania and other states. Therefore we are glad to bestow upon you our fellowship’s Faithful Service Award in recognition of your service and Lord's blessings upon your life and ministry.”
Youngblood was unable to attend the conference in person, and so the award was presented to his daughter, Judy Gordon, on his behalf.
Youngblood served most of those 43 years locally. He started preaching at North Eulalia Baptist Church in Coudersport in 1961, and then moved to Texas for a few years in 1963. He returned to serve as pastor at North Eulalia Baptist from 1967 to 1971.
Starting in 1971, Youngblood served as Pastor at First Baptist Church of Roulette for 16 years, and helped to lead the church while they built their current facility in 1973. The church grew to 200 people under Youngblood’s ministry, which included active youth and children’s programs, as well as a bus ministry.
He went on to serve as Pastor at Wright’s Evangelical Church in Wright’s PA, which met in an old stone garage that had been converted to a sanctuary, with a port-a-potty behind the building. The church grew, and when a new church building came available on Chesnut Street in Port Allegany, a number of Wrights residents continued to hold services at the church, while Youngblood and a number of others went on to plant a new church in Port Allegany.
Youngblood served as pastor at Chestnut Street Baptist until his retirement in June of 2004. He continued to preach as an interim in other churches and at Chestnut Street in the years since his retirement, and while he is currently no longer preaching, he is an active member at Chestnut Street Baptist. The church will be holding a recognition service on Sunday, April 17th at 11am, followed by an Open House / Luncheon from noon to 3PM. The public is invited to attend, and asks that any who have been encouraged or helped in their faith by Youngblood to bring a card or note of encouragement.