BY Richard Moorhead, The Western JournalJanuary 28, 2023
1 year ago

Watch: 98-Year-Old Preacher Decides to Go Skydiving for Birthday - Look How Spirited He Is

This North Carolina evangelist decided to celebrate his 98th birthday in style.

Roy Jernigan went skydiving with his daughter and granddaughter to celebrate the milestone on Tuesday, according to WECT-TV.

The retired pastor's granddaughter had suggested that Jernigan give skydiving a try for his 98th birthday -- a challenge she didn't seriously expect him to take up.

“I didn’t think he’d go through with it. ... Not much surprises me these days from him. He’s a risk taker, I guess,” April Lintler said of her grandfather, according to WECT.

In an interview, Jernigan admitted that the idea raised some eyebrows from his friends and family.

"They look at you and say, 'Are you serious?' I say yes. 'Are you crazy?' I say yes."

The jump went well, according to Jernigan.

“It was a good experience. Something I had never done."

He's already planning his next jump to commemorate his 100th birthday.

Jernigan is a Navy Corpsman veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, according to WECT and WRAL-TV.

After his military career, Jernigan became a missionary to Native American tribes, WRAL reported.

He retired from full-time ministry just last year, according to The Christian Post. Video of Jernigan preaching the gospel earlier this month shows he's kept the verbal skill that served him as a pastor.

The senior citizen says his mind is as sharp as ever -- so much so that he can remember being 2 years old and quote the Gettysburg Address from memory.

Jernigan passed along some advice for living as long as he has -- and revealed the secret to his longevity.

"If God blesses you and gives you the number of years that he’s given me, burn out your life living for others. You’ll never regret it,” Jernigan said, according to WRAL.

"People ask me all the time, what do I contribute my longevity to? And I tell them, 'The good Lord and black coffee, and in that order.'"

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: Richard Moorhead, The Western Journal



Supreme Court Sent Mysterious White Powder Intended For Trump Judge

A chilling discovery at a Manhattan courthouse on Wednesday has raised alarms about the safety of those involved in high-profile legal battles against former President…
19 mins ago
 • By Staff Writers

Star Witness In Fani Willis Case Claims He May Have Lied About Texts

In an extraordinary development, former law firm partner Terrance Bradley offered sworn testimony about the personal relationship between Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and…
35 mins ago
 • By Staff Writers

Squad Members Recorded Making Secret ‘Human Rights’ Trip To Cuba

In a clandestine move, two prominent House progressives ventured to Cuba, igniting a firestorm of criticism. In a secretive expedition laden with controversy, Representatives Ilhan…
42 mins ago
 • By Staff Writers

Trump Judge Sent White Powder That Arrived At Supreme Court

Amid a whirlwind legal battle, Donald Trump's team commits to a $100 million bond, challenging a hefty New York fraud case judgment. In an unfolding…
48 mins ago
 • By Staff Writers

Nikki Haley’s Campaign Implodes As Records Show She Spent Over $76M To Lose To Trump

In a staggering show of financial might and political determination, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley invested over $76 million in an ultimately fruitless battle…
2 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers


We publish the objective news, period. If you want the facts, then sign up below and join our movement for objective news:



    Get news from American Digest in your inbox.

      By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: American Digest, 3000 S. Hulen Street, Ste 124 #1064, Fort Worth, TX, 76109, US, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact.
      Christian News Alerts is a conservative Christian publication. Share our articles to help spread the word.