Don & Charlotte Tapp
Don & Charlotte Tapp
Born with an obstruction at the entrance to my small intestine (severe pylonc stenosIs), having to be fed intravenously for five weeks with less than a 50% chance of survival, youngest baby ever operated on at that time (Aug. 1938) in that hospital and small city, God answered my parents prayers and the operation was successful. There were several other problems and close calls: serious asthma problem as a child, serious auto accident while in college, another complete intestinal blockage and surgery years later, quadruple heart bypass surgery – God spared me through all of this and has now given me good health.
God led me to give my life to Him through loving, dedicated Christian parents who prayed for me. They faithfully took me to church, invited visiting ministers and missionaries to our house for meals, and taught me about Jesus. Baptized into Christ Jesus at ten years old, I did not fully yield my life to Him until after marriage to my wonderful Christian wife, Charlotte. We were blessed to serve together in a Church that loved us and offered us many opportunities to serve. At this church I began teaching youth classes, then my wife and I served as teen youth sponsors.
I served as Sunday School Superintendent, a deacon, and on the evangelism committee. This time of serving the Lord has become one of my greatest joys. Then at the age of 27 and with two small children, I took the leap of resigning my Electrical Engineering job of five years with ALCOA entering seminary to become a full-time minister of Christ. I received my Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel School of Religion and later completed all of the class work at Vanderbilt School of Divinity toward my Doctor of Ministry degree.
I served as youth minister for two years and then began 37 years as a preaching minister- two years in Pennington Gap, VA, 16 1/2 years in Kingsport, TN, and 19 years in Houston, TX before retiring at age 66. My wife has been such a wonderful helpmate throughout serving in many ways – pianist, organist, youth choir director and adult choir director while also teaching public school music in Tennessee and Texas for 29 years.
We are both now retired and living in San Antonio and enjoy caring for our now two year old grandson since his birth while his parents work. We are very blessed to be a part of Oak Hills Church and we Thank the Lord for all of His many blessings and opportunities provided to us throughout our lives.
Contact Elder Don Tapp: email@example.com