Laney Boman directs West Point choir
Laney Boman has a new job. He likes it a lot, because it gives him a podium from which to teach and share what he loves most -- the word of Christ.

Three weeks ago, West Point Baptist Church on Alabama 204 called him to be minister of music and worship leader.

“It’s absolutely a blessing,” said Boman. “It’s one of those things that I thought I’d never get an opportunity to do, since I don’t have my degree yet. It’s a God-sent opportunity.”

Boman is working on that degree though. He’s taking classes at Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State Community College. Later, he plans to go to Beason Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham.

He’s not sure yet exactly what area of the ministry he will go into.

“That’s sort of up in the air right now,” he said. “I know where I’m going and what I want to do, I just don’t know right now what I want to focus on.”

Leading the choir at West Point is giving him a lot of satisfaction. He likes being able to minister to members of the choir, as well as other church members.

“I pray weekly about what the Lord is going to give us next week,” he said. “I would like to see us have a 50-member choir, but it’s not about numbers. It’s about the quality and my ministry to the members.”

Church pastor, the Rev. Ronny Moore, said that Boman is an asset to the church.

“He’s an outstanding young man,” said Rev. Moore. “I believe he’s like a breath of fresh air for our church. He’s very knowledgeable, and we’re very happy to have him with us.”

Boman was born in Gadsden and has lived there all his life. He is the son of Rod and Beth Ferguson.

Music, he said, has been his passion his entire life. He plays saxophone in Rip Reagan’s Gadsden State Show Band, which is regarded as one of the leading two-year college bands in the Southeast.
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