Mickey Heyward endured surgeries and radiation, but the brain cancer diagnosed in September 2007 kept killing him.
Concerned for his wife Pealey, Heyward decided late last year that he and Pealey needed to examine their financial situation.
Keith Dixon, director of missions for Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association in Shelby, asked Johnny Ross, state representative for GuideStone Financial Resources, to help.
Pealey Heyward said the meeting helped ease her husband’s fears.
“He was worried about what would happen with me at the end,” she said.
Heyward, who was pastor of Christopher Road Baptist Church in Shelby, died March 25.
Pealey Heyward said Ross was helpful.
“He went over every little thing,” she said. “He told us what to expect and what to do.”
Heyward said it meant a lot to her and her husband to know that Ross thought enough about them to go out of his way to come to their house.
“We had never met him before or talked to him,” she said.
Dixon said many pastors know about GuideStone’s retirement plan, but are not familiar with the other benefits.
“That’s where Johnny is so helpful,” he said.
Ross is great at explaining the GuideStone resources, Dixon said.
When he comes to the associational offices, he asks employees to call up the GuideStone web site so they can check their accounts.
“I think the educational part of what he does is huge,” Dixon said.
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