Click#8217;s sermons donated anonymously to Briggs Library
For more than 30 years, Pastor Homer Click was a prominent preacher in the Tri-State.
He began with a radio show in the 1940s, moved into television and had his columns printed in local newspapers. At the same time, he led several churches and had revivals that would bring in hundreds.
Click began preaching in 1941 and continued until his death in 1999.
But thanks to modern technology, Click’s message is still available.
Recently, the Briggs Lawrence County Library received sets of six compact discs of Click’s sermons.
The discs are taken from a wide range of sources and times; a 1948 radio broadcast on WIRO 1230 AM, a 1976 revival at Gateway Church, a 1980 home revival and a couple of audio tracks from his television show, “Country Church,” which was broadcast on WOWK Channel 13 between 1964 and 1976. During his decades of spreading the Gospel, Click was a pastor at Union Baptist, Fairview Baptist, The Old Baptist at Greasy Ridge, Harmony Baptist, Sugar Creek Baptist, Guyan Valley Baptist and spent 15 years preaching at Mamre Baptist Church.
“He always liked to go to a small church and watch it grow,” said Click’s wife, Billie.
Click is famous for
having a revival in 1948 that lasted 16 weeks at Sugar Creek Baptist Church. It began in January and continued until after Easter. He only missed one day and that was because their third child was being born.
“(Our son) Paul was a month old by the time the revival ended,” Billie Click said. “He had a wonderful time.”
In 1977, Click had to resign his pastorship and give up his TV show after he found out he had Parkinson’s Disease. Despite battling symptoms, he continued to preach throughout the 1980s and 1990s until his death.
The CDs were compiled by one of Click’s relatives, digitally remastered and put on disc and donated to the library. The relative wanted to remain anonymous.
“They came from tapes I had saved through the years,” said Billie Click. “A lot of them I didn’t know I still had.”
Chuck O’Leary, the main branch’s manager, said the library was happy to get the donation of discs of Click’s services.
“He affected a lot of people in the community,” O’Leary said. “He spread the Word to a lot of people and I think this just rekindles the good memories about him.”
The donation included a full set of discs for each of the library branches and one for the main branch’s Hamner Room.
“This is of historical value since he was a local person,” O’Leary said. “Anything like this we like to have a copy for our permanent collection. It will be here for the ages.”
The discs are obviously popular with most of the copies already checked out on Thursday.
“They are getting good circulation,” O’Leary said. “A lot of people are interested in these because he was so well known and he preached for so many years.”