HOMEWOOD, Alabama — The Rev. Bill Hay has been a pastor in Homewood for 45 years, including 33 years at the 1,460-member Covenant Presbyterian Church, which he founded Oct. 1, 1978.

That kind of longevity in the pulpit is rare these days, and Hay has seen a lot of changes in Birmingham-area churches over the past five decades.

“Wednesday was considered a church night,” he said. “I’ve seen that change. Wednesday is no longer a night set aside for churches. I’ve even seen encroachment on Sunday mornings.” (To continue reading click here.)