Christianity/Religion Lake Havasu


Jerry had removed the two keys from my keychain, and now I taped them onto a paper where I lettered the words, NURSERY and CHURCH OFFICE. I slipped the keys into the folder that was positioned on the desk that had been Jerry’s. It was for the new pastor. At 1:30 on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 we closed the church door behind us and got into our loaded-down car. I was crying.

Bittersweet. It’s a compound word that has been bandied about for weeks now since we knew for sure that another family would be taking our place at Christ Alive Worship Center. It’s been a wild ride, these 3 and 1/2 years since we began the planting of a church here in Lake Havasu; an unforgettable time, remarkable, exhausting, unexpected, “gut-wrenching,” and fulfilling.

We were highly honored at the final services on Friday evening and Sunday morning, with the Arizona District Superintendent Gary Hogan preaching on Friday, and our youngest son, Andrew, preaching on Sunday morning.  All our children were there, and each of them spoke at one time or another during the weekend services. Most touching were those Lake Havasu persons who, touched by our pitiful efforts, have been won to God, and whose lives have been drastically changed. Three such men who spoke briefly are shown here; David Rowe, Kevin Brown, and Eric Grey. PLEASE pray for all the new people in Lake Havasu. They are so precious, so fragile, so needy.

…and so Jerry and I have transitioned once more into a new phase of our lives. A new pastor and his family are in place in Lake Havasu, Rev. and Mrs. Steven McDaniel. We’ve emptied and parked our motor home, and are now enjoying our home in Crestline, Ca. I feel sad. I feel happy. It is a bittersweet time.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

7 replies on “Transition”

You two look absolutely great! Enjoy your rest. Our favorite season is upon us and you will be able to do all of those little special things we like to do. I admire you both so much and what a great example you are! Love, Love, Love you both.


Sis. Buxton, I know God has plans for you in the future. You will continue being a blessing in His Kingdom. Get rested for you will soon be riding the waves of revival, again. As the old saying goes, “You can’t keep a good man (woman) down”! To God be the glory for the things He has done through your ministries. There are people who are on their way to Heaven because of you and your husband.


Total understanding from this part of the country! My husband and I have also learned a deeper meaning of the word “bittersweet,” as we too are making this transition and entering another phase of our walk with God. Our prayers and love go with you and your husband and we are excited to see what God is going to do with you next.


God bless you Bro. and Sis. Buxton. You have been so faithful in your work for God. I realize this is a time of rest for you both, but I don’t doubt that before long you’ll be out preaching and traveling again. The McDaniel’s are thrilled and excited as we are for them. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.


Dear Sis. Buxton, may God richly bless your endeavors as you press onward and upward… You and your husband are an inspiration to us!


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