Tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Upward Bound Ministries building, the Interdenominational Ministry Alliance will be kicking off the summer with a pastor’s breakfast and a run-down of their Fall and Winter activities, such as their MLK Program, Candlelight March, oratorical scholarship contest, and their annual Christmas party they have for children in need. Pastors and ministers from all denominations are invited to come and enjoy worship music and a word by Bishop Zachary Oberton. Rev. Gary Houston of New Hope Blackwater Baptist church says they will not only be encouraging area pastors to get involved with these programs, but to also encourage them as pastors.
“There’s no real agenda. The agenda is only for us just to acknowledge each other, lend a hand and say, ‘hey, we’re here.’ Often times, people don’t understand the work of a pastor. Some are vocational, some are full-time, but, sometimes, pastors need a pastor,” said Houston. At the breakfast, they will also be honoring two of the longest-serving pastors in the community: J.W. Thompson, who has been preaching fifty-four years and Dr. Charles Johnson, who has been serving for fifty-eight years. The address of the UBM building is 2216 2nd Avenue, Meridian, MS 39301.