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Dr. Howard Wright
Pastor Howard Wright is accustomed to lending a hand, and he says he wants to see people improve their living conditions and spiritual lives.
Wright has served as pastor of St. Thomas Baptist Church in Long County for four years. He has been in the ministry since 1982 and first served as a pastor while stationed in Germany. A native of Blackstone, Va., Wright came to Fort Stewart in 1986.
Since serving as pastor of St. Thomas, Wright has initiated many programs to assist the church in its growth. Some of the church’s ministries include women’s mission, brotherhood, youth, food pantry and the Saturday Academy.
The church’s Saturday Academy has been temporarily placed on hold. But members are gearing up for the annual summer Bible program for youths. The program is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout June.
As part of their Project Care mission last year, women of the church made quilted lap throws for the elderly in the community, nursing home and the church. The church’s young ladies got involved and learned how to sew.
“The purpose of the Care Project is to assist and befriend older or disabled people living in the various communities and surrounding areas. We want to encourage our women and young girls to participate in being a blessing to someone else,” Minister Lexs Wright said.       
For many years, Wright and his wife, Lexs, operated a local program called, “Friend of the Communities.”
This program reached out to help people in need. It provided GED classes and computer classes for adults.
“While the program is no longer being held in a building, my wife and I do one-on-one tutoring sessions for GED preparation,” Wright said.
He loves to teach and is currently teaching a series of classes on salvation, the Holy Spirit and the importance of witnessing.
“Once the sessions are completed, then members will know how to go out and witness effectively,” he said.
He also hosts workshops and seminars for churches and businesses.
Wright’s advice to ministers is to trust in God and allow Him to direct their path.
“Know that God is with you,” Wright said.
He credits Selena Ward, Missionary Helen Johnson, Pastor Elliot Lane, Dr. Jimmie L. Smiley and Pastor Lonnie Coppock with assisting him in his Christian walk.
The St. Thomas Church family is preparing for its annual Women’s Conference May 24-27. Nightly services begin at 7:30. The culminating service is next Sunday at 4 p.m. with Lexs Wright delivering the message. Workshops will also take place at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Wrights live in Walthourville and have three children, Howard Jr., Kawan and Tyrone, and six grandchildren. Lexs Wright works at Liberty Elementary School in Midway. Pastor Wright is a retired Army sergeant first class. He loves to walk, read and play the guitar, and has done mission work in Haiti.
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