[For the first time in over 7 years, the Ford brothers — Mark, Patrick, and Robben — will share the same stage… and it will be in their home town Ukiah at Sundays in the Park, August 17th.
Here is the fourth and final interview in the series with Pat Ford that I started back in 2009, but lost the last tape and didn’t follow up until recently. ~DS]
Growing up in this small community of the Church of Christ here in Ukiah, I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the great old fire-and brimstone preachers. To me they were entertaining, and luckily for us, in our particular denomination, they weren’t usually over-the-top. I would get excited by it all, and as I was a good talker myself I thought “I can do this!” By my late teens, I started giving “lessons” or “sermons”. In our church you didn’t go to school to be a minister. If the people wanted to hear you talk, you talked. We didn’t have paid pastors, but if you got into the preaching circuit of churches in your area (which for me included most of California) you could get your expenses paid and a bit more.
There were a lot of versions of the Church of Christ. They would have their battles back then like, for instance, whether you should use only one cup, or many cups, for communion. So there was the “Cups” Churches of Christ and the “Single Cup” Churches of Christ… and never the twain shall meet.