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Shaw celebrates 58 years at First Baptist Chattahoochee


Joe Daniell

First Baptist Chattahoochee Minister of Music Bob Shaw, center, is joined by former Georgia governors Roy Barnes, left, and Zell Miller, right, in a birthday serenade of longtime Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Bill Shipp.

ATLANTA — Prior to the Sunday morning worship service on Jan. 25 First Baptist Chattahoochee’s website had a second-by-second countdown to signal the day they would honor Bob Shaw’s retirement. Members of the church and friends were urged to be present as the church honored him beginning with the morning worship and continuing with a reception in the afternoon.

For nearly six decades FBCC has enjoyed one of the finest music programs in the area. The website explained, “Throughout those years, Bob has brought music, laughter, and leadership to our church. While members and pastors have come and gone, one constant has remained: you knew that when you walked in Bob Shaw would be leading the music program.”


Longstanding committment

Kevin Cuthbertson, pastor of FBC Chattahoochee remarked, “We have tried to count how many pastors have come through FBCC since Bob first started and I believe between interims and senior pastors, we came up with about 24.

“For me as a young pastor, I am encouraged and challenged by his perseverance here and his longstanding commitment to the people of FBCC. I told him recently that my plan was to beat his record here, but that would mean I would have to remain as pastor until I was 92 years old and I suspect they would bench me before I hit that mark.”

Jim Haskell, former pastor at FBCC and currently leading a massive church planting movement in the greater Atlanta area for the North American Mission Board, stated, “I found Bob to be full of enthusiasm and a love of music. He was also a churchman and demonstrated that by taking on the responsibility of much more than just the music.”


Part of the community

In noting his contributions to the world of music, Shaw was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2002 as a member of The Harmoneers Quartet and again in 2006 as part of The Sunshine Boys. That same year he was also made a part of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. Politically, he has been named chairman emeritus of his Fulton County political party and has served as chairman of his state party and vice chairman of the national committee. Currently he works as a lobbyist and chairman of the Fulton County Development Authority.