Fifty-Two Years Strong for Local Sunday School Teacher

July 16, 2006 -- 12:15 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Carl Heringer knew that he wanted to be a Sunday school teacher a long time ago.

"Oh gosh...when I was about 20 or 21 years old...and I think it was God given," said Heringer.

He's 76 years old now, and has gone fifty-two years strong with his God given talent to teach.

"I love it...absolutely love it."

Heringer taught fifth-graders for two years, and he was promoted to the sixth grade soon after.  He said that he's "stuck on six," because the children are a very interesting group.

"When I first start with them, the boys all sit together and the girls all sit together," he said.  "They segregate themselves, but by Easter the boys and girls begin to sit with one another.  It's just fun to watch the change."

Heringer said that teaching is not only a gift from God, but it's also his hobby.

"Some people like to fish, some people like to hunt...I like to teach Sunday school."

He's been teaching Sunday school for more than half a century now.

"I'll never long as I'm physically able and the church still wants me," said Heringer.

Those are the words of a passionate Sunday school teacher.