Founding Pastor Lon and Gloria McPherson
Lon and Gloria have been married since July, 1960. They have three grown children; Craig, Paul, and Lisa; nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Lon graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy and is licensed to practice pharmacy in Missouri and Illinois. In 1989 he graduated from Liberty Christian College in Pensacola, Florida with a Master of Theology Degree and was ordained into the ministry by the Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Pastors. He is currently a member in good standing with Liberty Fellowship and holds a certificate of ordination with them. He served as a district overseer for Liberty Fellowship for five years. He is the Founding Pastor of Liberty Church in Du Quoin.
Gloria graduated from The Lutheran School of Nursing in 1959 as a Registered Nurse. She graduated from Liberty Christian College in 1989 with an Associate Degree in Christian Counseling.
Lon and Gloria owned and operated McPherson Health Mart Drug, Herrin Rexall Drug, and Medicare Equipment and Supply for Southern Illinois from 1966 until 1986. Liberty Church in Du Quoin was found with 60 members in August 1989. Lon served as pastor until November 1999. At that time he voluntarily turned the church over to another pastor. He began to pastor Liberty Church again in September of 2012.
Lon and Gloria have made many short term missionary trips to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. They have helped with church construction; preached and taught in the churches; conducted pastor training seminars; and assisted in medical outreaches.
They are committed to encouraging, motivating, and challenging the local congregation through teaching, preaching, and personal ministry.
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