Bruce Long Elder Emeritus

I was born and grew up in Ada, Oklahoma.  I was raised by two God fearing parents.  We were members of the local Methodist church, where I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Savior at age 9.  I graduated from Ada High School, then from SMU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, then from the University of Texas law school in 1966.  After a short venture with a small business in New Orleans, I moved back to Dallas, worked for a bank, then became a teacher and coach, and then an attorney.  I have practiced law in the metroplex for 43 years now, and am still active with my career.  Wow!  Am I that old?

I renewed and refocused my personal faith in Jesus through the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry at the University of Texas, and married a wonderful Christian girl whom I had met there, Phyllis.  We were married for 40 years, had three lovely daughters—Lara, Deborah, and Sandra.  All three have married fine fellows.  I have seven grandchildren.

Phyllis died of cancer in 2006 and is with Jesus today.  Hallelujah for His promises on that issue.

I thereafter met and married the second wonderful Christian “girl” in my life, Ronda Hardt, whose good husband had died one year before Phyllis, also after a bout with cancer.  We have been married 9 years.  Ronda has 3 good kids who also have fine spouses—David, Amy and Jim– and six grandchildren.  We have merged our kingdoms, and enjoy serving Jesus and keeping up with and encouraging our kids and grandkids.  Our youngest grandchild is 10 months old and our oldest is a second-year student at Texas A&M.

I am fortunate to have been one of the original members of Fellowship.  Truly, I and my family have been blessed by our involvement at the church these many years.   Good teaching.  Having good examples of our friends living a life for Jesus.  And having the opportunity to do life with simply good, faithful people.  I have appreciated being challenged to represent Him well in all that I do.”

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