The job of a first responder is to intervene and help stop a person’s physical decline in an emergency. Similarly, one could say that the job of a minister is to intervene and help stop a person’s spiritual decline. Whether wounded in battle or wounded in spirit, we know one man who has applied his gifts and expertise in both situations.

Meet Wesley Place on Honeysuckle resident and retired Baptist minister Rev. Gene Gainous. Rev. Gainous was known during his US Army days as Sergeant Robert Eugene Gainous. Sergeant Gainous served as a medic during the Korean War. As wounded were flown in to be taken to an army medical facility in Japan, it was his duty as a first responder to meet the plane to administer first aid and emergency treatment.

As a minister, Rev. Gainous enjoyed more than 50 years serving Baptist churches all across the southeast, from Louisiana to Florida to Alabama, including 16 years at Bethel Baptist Church in Dothan. The 90-year-old minister retired in 2006, but according to The Alabama Baptist his retirement didn’t last much more than a month, as he continued to feel the pull to preach. 

He and his wife Joyce came to live at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle in November of 2017.  We are thankful for the life and ministry of Rev. Gainous, and for how he continues to bless others who live and work in our community.

For more information about life at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, including details on our how to make Wesley Place on Honeysuckle your or your loved one’s new home, contact our admissions team at 334-792-0921, or send an email to Holly Whitehead at

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