A journey into
Larry Eugene Loggins grew up in a religious family and answered a call to preach at 15.
“I was blessed to have a family that was always in church,” he said.
But that call came after an incident that shattered his faith.
“My brother died at 14 years old. His lungs collapsed and his heart stopped beating,” Loggins said, recalling that he was 15 years old at the time. “I had given up on religion. After he died I had nothing to do with the church. I wondered why would God take my brother and leave all the other wrong-doers alive.”
Loggins recalled that shortly after the tragedy, his cousin Lansing Lee invited him to a service at Rayfield Baptist Church.
“I went on my mother’s insistence,” Loggins said. “I was sitting in the pew and I had a Bible and the preacher was preaching. I was saying ‘This was wrong.’ All of a sudden, next thing I knew, I was standing down in front of the church and I said, ‘The Lord called me to preach.’”
Loggins recalled that after a moment of surprise, he felt a warm feeling inside.
He recalled coming back home with the news. He said his grandmother was not surprised.
“My grandmother always said I was going to be a preacher,” he said. “Grandmother said, ‘I knew it because I saw the glow on his face.’”
Returning to school with this newfound faith wasn’t easy.
“When I started preaching, they didn’t want to hang out with me anymore, because I was a preacher and I was at West Junior High School at the time,” he said.
Loggins continued his pastoral journey under the leadership of the Rev. T.L. Turner.
“He was very influential in my preaching career,” Loggins said. “He taught me to be patient, taught me to wait on the Lord. He also taught me to preach the Gospel, no matter what. If I don’t make you mad, then I’m not preaching to you.”