Michael Bright gives his attention to teens
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Right now, Michael Bright lives farther than he’s ever lived from Piedmont. He and his family make their home in Goshen, just outside town.

Four years ago, Bright was called as associate pastor and youth pastor at First Baptist Church of White Plains. Previously, he had pastored two churches in Cherokee County, Rock Run Baptist and Sardis Hill.

His work at White Plains Baptist includes visiting and ministering to the adults as well as the youth. He said as much as he likes working with the adult members of the church, his love is with the younger ones.

“That’s where most of my time and energy are spent,” he said. “Most of my attention goes to the teen-agers. The Lord put it into my heart to go into the ministry and, I feel like this is where He wants me to be.”

Bright was working at Bostrom Seating when he was saved on Palm Sunday in 1996 at Pine Grove Church near Pleasant Valley. Bright’s childhood friend, Michael Ingram, was pastor there.

“At that time, I was far away from God, but I decided to give my life to Him that day,” said Bright. “It could have been any other day, but it just happened that it was Palm Sunday.”

He was working as manager of the Robotics division at T. S. Tech in Boaz, a company that makes seats for Honda, when he felt the need to go full time in the ministry.

Bright and his wife, the former Michelle Lambert, who works for Dr. Shan Young in Jacksonville, have two sons who attend Spring Garden School. Jon Isaac is 12, and Colby is 7. Bright graduated from Piedmont High School, Gadsden State Community College and Covington Theological Seminary.

He is the son of Ed and Doris (Kirkpatrick) Bright. His siblings are Randy Bright of Jacksonville, Lynn Bright of Piedmont and Kay Parker of Huntsville.

Bright, Michelle and Jon Isaac went on their first mission trip in 2003 to Mexico. In the summer of 2011, he took a team of seven workers from his church to the Salt River Indian Reservation in Arizona to perform construction on a Baptist church and work in the community there.

Last summer he took 17 members from his church to minister to the Haitian and Jamaican communities in Miami. He and 35 teens and adults from his church will go to a remote village, Armenia, in Belize, this summer on another mission trip where they will work on a pastor’s home, head up vacation Bible school for the children during the day and hold youth meetings to reach teenagers at night.

“Within the youth population there, there is a bad problem with drugs and alcoholism,” said Bright. “We just want to take the gospel to them and show them that whatever problems they are trying to cover up by doing drugs and drinking that Jesus can be the answer to those problems and bring them out of that lifestyle. Being the hands and feet of Jesus, sharing God’s love to the people all over is what I love doing.”

Years ago, Bright did media blasting. He eventually went into business for himself but, because of other obligations and circumstances, he had to give it up. Recently, he’s started Bright’s Media Blasting again and said that anyone who needs this type work done can call him at 419-8934.

Bright feels that he’s finally found his calling in life, something that both he and his family are happy with. Between giving his time to his family and church and working at his business, he feels complete.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com
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