Meet our new pastor and his wife: Pastor Norman L. Deal and Brenda Deal:
Brenda and I are asked, “Do you like it here in Parrottsville, TN?” We absolutely love it here in the hills of Tennessee. We are truly blessed to be in your presence and to serve the congregations of Salem and Luther Memorial. We continue to settle into the area and look forward to all the opportunities that are coming our way to be more and more involved in the life of this community.
This is a small world and at my installation on February 21st, I was reminded of this once again, as I looked out into the congregation and saw Ed Wolff, who was two years ahead of me in the Seminary, and seated right beside him was Jim Drummond, one of my classmates, who now serves in Greeneville. On the other side of Jim was Mary Louise Sitton who graduated the year before me at Hickory High School and currently is serving Immanuel Lutheran in Blountville. Mary Louise graduated in the Class of ’69 and I was in the Class of ’70. Her mother and my mother taught school together at Viewmont Elementary in Hickory and have been lifelong friends. What a small world it is!
Life before the Seminary was like others’ lives. After high school, I was trained as a meat-cutter and worked forFresh Air Supermarket in Hickory, NC. In June of 1972 I enlisted in the U.S. Army and left for Ft. Jackson, SC, for basic training. My AIT was at Ft. Knox, KY, where I trained as an Armor Crewman. Brenda and our son, Chad, were able to go with me to KY, and we lived off post.
After AIT I was assigned to the 194th Armor Brigade and was assigned to the Headquarters in CO. (While there we welcomed our second child, Jonathan.) My job was to drive the Brigade Commander who was a full Colonel. When the Commander was promoted to Brigadier General, he moved to be over the Training Brigades of new soldiers and he took me with him as his driver.
I decided I wanted to work as an armor crewman and was sent to Germany and back to a tank company. What a mistake that was, fieldtime was in the mud or snow (or both) and playing wall all the time. But, the good news was our daughter, Tabitha, was born in Germany, and our family was now complete.
I went to work for a floor maintenance company in Greensboro and moved up to Vice-President of the company. I owned my own floor maintenance company operated in NC/SC.Continued from Page One –
In 1980 I was discharged from the Army and we moved back to Hickory, NC. We bought the house right beside my mother and father. I went to work for Aid Association for Lutherans, selling insurance. I managed Eckerd Drug Stores for years and went back to school to get a Business Administration degree from Lenoir Rhyne College. I graduated with a BA in Business.
I was ordained in October of 1998 and served the following congregations: Pine Grove, Lone Star, SC; Bachman Chapel, Prosperity, SC; Bethany, Lexington, SC; and St. James. Leesville, SC. I served as Interim Pastor at the following churches: The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Newbery, SC; and was at The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Columbia, SC, when I accepted your Pastoral Call.
Too much information (TMI) as my daughter tells me on occasion. Next month I will tell you about Brenda, if she gives me her information so I get all the facts straight.
May the Lord continue with us and give us strength to face the challenges and opportunities as we work together in this community and the Southeastern Synod. God bless each and every one of you.