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Helping the community stay healthy
Anslem Spinger - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
A native of Trinidad, he is quite a distance from home. He has settled in the Coastal Empire and is making an impact in the community.
Anslem Spinger is the pastor of the Hinesville First Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He has served as a pastor for 28 years and the leader of Hinesville First Seventh-Day Adventist Church for six years. Spinger has been in the ministry for 29 years. He has pastored churches in Trinidad and Tobago, Birmingham, England, and on West Broad in Savannah.
Hinesville First Seventh-day Adventist Church started as a small group who met for services at the Chapel in the Vale on Fort Stewart. The group eventually outgrew the military chapel. Subsequently, members purchased land in Hinesville and began worshipping in a large trailer. The church has been in Hinesville for 15 years.
Members are dedicated and committed to each other as members of the family of God. They are in the process of building a new church. The church has various ministries, which include evangelism, youth department, women's department, personal ministries, and Pathfinders.
"The Pathfinders' ministry is for males and females. It is similar to the Boy Scouts and starts with ages 3 - 4," Spinger said.
In order to promote more family unity, the church sponsors family retreats, marriage retreats, and picnics.
"The church has quite a few military members. Some are retired," he said.  
As part of their community outreach, the church is sponsoring a Hinesville area health fair on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. until noon. The fair will take place at the church, which is at 173 Live Oak Church Road (just off Highway 196).  
The fair will include free health screenings, vegetarian recipe tasting, and activities for children and teens. The health screenings will include blood pressure checks, vision and glaucoma tests, dental screening, bone density checks, body fat percentage and health age appraisal. There will also be screening for cholesterol and diabetes (which requires fasting nine-12 hours before testing; water, black coffee and medications allowed).
"We believe in healthy living. Later in the year, we have a cooking class for healthy cooking," the pastor said.   
In addition to his pastoral duties, Spinger is also a chaplain at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah. He said he loves to teach and does a little singing.
Spinger credits his elementary school principal with instilling certain invaluable lessons in his life.
"He taught me that what you say, you need to mean. Don't just speak idle words. Let your nay be nay and yea be yea."
His advice to pastors is to care for the people.
"Speak the truth and preach the word in season and out of season."
Spinger has a master's degree in pastoral care counseling and theology.   
He is married Linda Spinger, a nurse at Candler Hospital in Savannah. They have two children. The Spingers live in Savannah.
"I enjoy repairing houses. It relaxes me," he said.
Pastor Spinger and the members of Hinesville First Seventh-Day Adventist Church invite you to participate in the health fair. They also invite you to their services, which are on Saturdays. Sabbath School starts at 9:15 a.m., divine worship is at 11 a.m., and youth ministry in the evening. Bible Study is Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information about the health fair or church, call 369-4278.

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