Longtime Grace Brethren pastor John Gillis (retired), now living in Alabama, is currently in a hospital in Mobile, Alabama, with multiple injuries following an accident when a tractor he was driving was hit by an 18-wheeler semi, which overturned in an effort to miss Gillis.
Gillis does not appear to have life-threatening injuries, but has multiple broken ribs, bones, back injuries, and cuts. The following is the lead paragraph from a story in the Grove Hill newspaper about the accident, which appeared with the photo.
“The Rev. Johnny Gillis of Grove Hill, Alabama, was injured when he was thrown from his tractor after it was struck by a Scotch Plywood veneer truck on Highway 43 north of Grove Hill Monday morning. Gillis was driving his tractor to Grove Hill Tractor Co.”
After pastoring a number of Grace Brethren churches, The Gillises lived in Eagle River, Alaska, for 17 years before retiring and moving to Grove Hill, Ala. John Gillis had served as pastor at Greatland Grace Brethren Church in Anchorage and Ruth was secretary at the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to retirement.
Ruth is currently keeping vigil at the Mobile hospital, and the family will appreciate your prayers for John. Updates will be posted as they become available.