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Trout sees service as limitless

Harvest Time Church pastor says church ‘should be inclusive of all peoples and nations’

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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2018 6:00 am

The Rev. Darrell Gene Trout doesn’t see ministry as just being the pastor of a church. He goes anywhere he sees a need, including service as a foster parent and work at High Sky Children’s Ranch, Teen Challenge of the Permian Basin and the foster parent groups Family First and PhasedIn.

Pastor of Harvest Time Church since 2006, the Rev. Trout is an Odessa native who grew up at Chickasaw, Okla., and spent five years working in auto parts and inventory control before studying at Global University in Springfield, Mo., and serving churches in Whitedeer, Skellytown and Fritch in the Panhandle.

He and his wife Rhonda have cared for 12 foster children in the past five years. They have two children and six grandchildren.

“I preach about the lordship and saving grace of Jesus,” said Trout, 62. “We should all be sold out for Jesus to live a full life for Christ and to bring those who need him to the Savior. I preach a relationship with Jesus. We believe the church should be inclusive of all peoples and nations. There shouldn’t be a limit as to who is accepted and who is not. Everyone needs to be unified in Christ.”

Trout was born in Odessa but left at an early age as his father, an oilfield worker, moved. His Assemblies of God-affiliated church at 8300 W. Highway 191 averages 150 people at its 10:30 a.m. Sunday services.

“The Word of God teaches that a person can’t be saved unless they are drawn by the Spirit,” Trout said. “Jesus said to be the light and salt of the world. That allows people to be drawn to him by the Holy Spirit through the church. I pastor a congregation within the body of Christ.”

The Rev. Mike Hanks, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Midland, said Trout “is a very servant-oriented guy who is always looking out for somebody else.

“Darrell has a big heart,” said the Rev. Hanks, who is the presbyter, or overseer, of 22 Assemblies of God Churches from Odessa and Midland to McCamey, Monahans, Fort Stockton, Alpine and Del Rio. “He feels a burden for people who are less fortunate and have needs. He’s interested in helping the people all around him whom God puts in his path, and he is not afraid of a challenge because he knows God is big. If the Lord sends him, he knows the Lord will provide for him.

“Darrell is not trying to make some big, fancy impression. He is very sincere, authentic and kind. I have seen him get upset a few times, but I have never seen him be vindictive. He always has a kind spirit about him.”

Hanks said Harvest Time Church was founded in 1991 by the Rev. Mike Benson, who was succeeded by his son Chad in 2001.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram in a story about the church’s 20th anniversary in 2011 that it met in an abandoned Southwestern Bell office building on South County Road 1207 until construction started at the present location three years later. “Members of the church had built two-thirds of the new building with their own hands before arsonists burned it to the ground in August 1994,” the newspaper said.

“The congregation not only returned to work but decided to make the building 40 percent bigger than previously planned.”

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