The late W. A. Criswell, pastor of FBC of Dallas, Texas, was once asked by Gerald Harris to describe his greatest challenge as pastor. He said, "Well, now lad, you know George Truett was the pastor of this church for 47 years. Some of the people still revere Dr. Truett with an unwavering allegiance; and some still regard me as an intruder. Therefore my greatest challenge has been to live in the shadow of my highly esteemed predecessor." At the time Criswell made the statement, he had been pastor at First Dallas for 42 years.