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Rev. Garland "Pappy" Eastham

 

Rev. Garland "Pappy" Eastham (1907-1993) - founder of the Ft. Lauderdale Rescue Tabernacle (Faith Farm)

 

Note from Marty

There is so much to say about Rev. Garland "Pappy" Eastham I really don't know where to begin.  Pappy had a profound effect on my life from the moment I met him back in 1984.  I can honestly say he has been my long time Christian role model though I couldn't even begin to step an inch in one of his shoes.  

Rev. Eastham founded Faith Farm Ministries back in 1951. From its inception, this ministry provided comfort, shelter, food and Biblical training to homeless and destitute men in Ft. Lauderdale. What began as a three-day program to help men recover from the devastating effects of alcoholism, eventually matured into the extensive rehabilitation program it is today, providing lasting victory over addiction to illegal drugs, alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs. Pappy's vision has grown to include three locations with 400 beds on over 1600 acres with opportunity to find success and victory for both men and women.

 

Marty Angelo and Rev. Garland "Pappy" Eastham - 1984

 

I will never forget the first day I met Pappy.  I had just been released from prison and living in a half-way house in Ft. Lauderdale.  My counselor said, "you have to meet this man of God." When Pappy walked into the room a few days later he came up to me and said, "God sent you to me, son." Talk about being blessed!! 

Pappy and I spent many long hours together studying the Bible and ministering together along with his terrific staff. He was a firm believer of the Kingdom of God was NOW... and did not place it off somewhere in the future.  He lived and breathed kingdom living and was a perfect example to the hundreds of thousands of lost and hurting people God sent his way to minister to. Rev. Eastham is the author of the book, "The Kingdom of God Today".

 

Rev. Garland Eastham - 1907-1993

 

There will never be another Pappy!  It would take hundreds of people to fill his shoes. 

I write about Garland in two of my books, "Once Life Matters: A New Beginning" and "Vision of New Jerusalem: Now!"

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OBITUARY 

Rev. Garland Eastham, 86, Founded Faith Farms Centers 

January 16, 1993 - By PATTI ROTH, Staff Writer

The Rev. Garland Eastham, affectionately called Pappy as he built and ran Faith Farms in South Florida, has died. He was 86.

"You couldn't find a better Christian any place," said Jack Behne, who works at the Fort Lauderdale Faith Farm. "He loved us. We loved him. He ate in the same mess hall."

Rev. Eastham was born in Indiana, where he ran a furniture shop until he moved to Florida in 1945.

In 1950, after his wife died, he felt a calling to help the homeless and in 1951 opened a rescue mission in Fort Lauderdale.

In 1953 he opened the Faith Farm in Fort Lauderdale, followed by Faith Farms near Okeechobee and Boynton Beach.

He served as president and general manager of the Faith Farms, which are described as Christ-based drug and alcohol regeneration centers.

The three centers house about 325 men and women. They are financed through their thrift shops, where workers sell donated furniture and other household items.

"He worked all the time," said Eastham's son-in-law, Bud Read. "He didn't have an office where he sat."

Rev. Eastham taught upholstery and furniture refinishing to the men in the program.

He is survived by his daughter, Deloris Read of Fort Lauderdale, two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

 

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