TN Commissioner of Agriculture, Cotton Ivy, at a Pentecostal Church

I just heard that Cotton Ivy, former TN Commissioner of Agriculture, was promoted to glory. Read how when I was in college, Cotton helped free me up to love Jesus more!

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Cotton Ivy was the Commissioner of Agriculture for the state of Tennessee from 1989-1995.  The building in the picture is named after him:  the L.H. “Cotton” Ivy Laboratory at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Tennessee.


Once when I was a student at the University of Tennessee Martin, Cotton Ivy asked me and a few of my friends if we would like to go to church with him one night.  We said yes, and he drove us to a Pentecostal church in Kennett, Missouri.

I had never been to a Pentecostal church before and had no idea what to expect.  (I grew up Presbyterian.)  The small building was packed with people.  Cotton led my friends and I down to the front row.

To begin the meeting, the preacher stood up and passionately quoted a Bible verse:  The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.  Then…

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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