April 2017

Edward Garland Hawkins Biography
I came into this world on May 26, 1947 in my mother’s bedroom. My parents were William Nathan Hawkins and Maude Routt Hawkins. My sisters are Sue Ann Breeze and Carolyn Denton. My wife is Susan Cook Hawkins to whom I have been married forty-six years, June 12, 2017. Our daughter’s name is Melissa Leigh Hawkins who is engaged to Billy Chaffin, and our grandson’s name is Dakota Millwood. Our grand dogs are Remy and Gizmo. I attended Hodgenville Elementary School and graduated from LaRue County High School in June, 1965. Academics were never really my strong suit as I attended several institutions of higher learning: Elizabethtown Community College (E.C.C.), University of Kentucky, Campbellsville College, Boyce Bible College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Indiana University Southeast, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and finally, Western Kentucky University. You might say that it took thirty-four years to finalize my degree and recognize God’s call into pastoral ministry.
In June, 1987, I became student pastor of Northside Baptist Chapel, Elizabethtown, Ky. where I served eight years. 1996 was a year of transition and determining the direction God was calling me to serve. October, 1996, Rev. Coleman Howlett, District Superintendent for Elizabethtown District, and I were working a Men’s Emmaus Walk. It was during this time that Coleman asked me to consider preaching at Dennie Memorial UMC, Lebanon Junction, KY. I reminded Coleman that I was Southern Baptist and knew nothing about the Methodist Church. He said, “Just go and preach the Word, love the people and see what God has in store for you.” My wife and I fell in love with the church and in love with Methodism. We served at Dennie Memorial UMC for two and a half years. We went to Elizabethtown Memorial UMC where we served for three years as associate pastor. We moved to Morganfield, Ky. where we served at First UMC for ten years. This June we will have served five years at Harrodsburg UMC.
While serving these past thirty years, I have had the opportunity to be involved in several organizations: Part-time chaplain with Hardin Memorial Hospital and Hospice Program in Elizabethtown, KY, Helping Hands of Elizabethtown, Habit for Humanity in Hardin and Mercer Counties, Ministerial Alliance in Hardin, Union, and Mercer County, Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce, Elizabethtown Rotary Club, and Morganfield Lions Club.
I was Prayer Chairman of the Owensboro District, I served on the DCOM and Superintendency Committee and mentored candidates in the Residency Program. In the Frankfort/Bluegrass District: I was a member of the DOT and DCOM and mentored Asbury Seminary Students.
In Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages, I have found my love language to be Acts of Service. Serving God first, my family second, and the church third, has been and will continue to be my direction for however long God would have me serve. I pray God has many more years in store.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Edward “Garland” Hawkins