Seventy years ago, there was a piece of property on Livingston Road in Ball, La. It was near a World War II base camp that often housed up to 30,000 troops at any given time. The owner of this property was a gentleman of the Malone family who had determined to cut himself some timber to build a home. However, after cutting the timber, he began noticing the great number of men passing his property from the camp. Filled with compassion for them, he sacrificially said that he would rather build a chapel for them than have a home for himself. This chapel was built and used for over 50 years to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, you can find this church has grown and moved to a new location in Ball, Louisiana
Nurtured up under both elder and younger Pastor Mangun at Pentecostals of Alexandria, Pastor Weidner received the Holy Ghost at 12 years old on September of 1979 at a children’s revival. His grandfather was the district secretary of Louisiana for 23 years and his grandmother, Clara Clark, was a soul winner for POA. Pastor Weidner states, “I definitely grew up in a ministerial- based home. Church was our thing and any extracurricular activities also revolved around the church.” Pastor Weidner graduated from a local high school and took some college hours before working in the business field and getting married at the young age of 19.
He first felt called into the ministry when his Grandfather Weidner passed away and states, “Bro. James Kilgore said some words to me at the funeral that started a fire inside me that I never forgot.” He began his ministry by teaching Sunday school and preached his first message at the age of 16 in a youth service at POA. When he and his wife moved from Alexandria to Ball, they became the youth leaders and everything organically grew from there until June of 2010 when he became the senior pastor of the Church of Pentecost. Those who have impacted his ministry the most are G.A. and Anthony Mangun, Clara Clark, and J. Roy and Opal Weidner.
In his free time, Pastor Weidner enjoys golfing and fishing. Having recently bought an RV to go camping, Pastor Weidner states, “My wife and I have gotten to that season in life that just sitting at a lake beside the RV sounds real good.” Fondly, he reminisces how their three boys have kept him very active through the years playing basketball on the goal in the driveway and snow skiing. His favorite authors include John Bevere, Tom Rainer, David Bernard and John Maxwell.
(taken from http://ibcperspectives.com/2018/01/9027/