Members of the First Baptist Church in Hinesville have a new pastor, and a renewed sense of excitement has settled over the congregation.
It has only been two weeks since Pastor Roy Broughman arrived, but the people of First Baptist are as busy as ever. Their fall festival went off without a hitch last weekend.
“On last Friday, we had our fall festival with approximately 2,000 people in attendance,” Broughman said. “The people at First Baptist are very warm and caring and willing to work. We had over 30 volunteers working with the fall festival.”
Broughman has been in the ministry for 14 years and has served as a pastor in South Carolina. First Baptist is his second pastorship. He spent seven years as a pastor at the Shamrock Baptist Church in Bethune, S.C., before coming to Hinesville.
First Baptist has many ministries, including the Goldenheirs (a senior citizens’ group), deacons, youth, ladies Bible study, mission, Sunday school, AWANA and music.
“When the Goldenheirs meet, they have devotional time, and various civic organizations come in and talk to them about things that relate to their age group. The letter-writing ministry meets weekly to write letters to people who are sick, hospitalized or unable to attend church,” Broughman said.
The pastor said God inspires him to do the things he does. He looks forward to leading the congregants at First Baptist, who, he said, are devoted to Jesus.
“When I preach, I normally do a series in a particular book of the Bible beginning with the first chapter of that book and go all the way though,” he said.
A graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., Broughman has a master’s of divinity with biblical languages. He credits Youth Minister Kent Williams at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce, S.C., and Dr. James Horton, who was a pastor in Louisburg, N.C., with influencing his spiritual growth.
Last August, Broughman and members of the Kershaw Baptist Association of South Carolina took a two-week mission trip to Peru.
“We were able to spread the gospel and teach pastors from eight different tribes about preaching,” he said.
He advises pastors and ministers to “stay close to the page.” “Don’t make it say what it doesn’t say,” he said.
Broughman and his wife, Stacy Broughman, have two children, 4-year-old Levi and 2-year-old Lydia.
“Stacy is a stay-at-home mom and she has served as children’s coordinator, Sunday school teacher and helped me planned fall festivals,” Broughman said.
In his spare time, the pastor enjoys playing golf. While in South Carolina, he taught golf to high school teams at North Central High School.
Broughman and the members of First Baptist invite the public to join them Sunday mornings for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., a worship service at 10:45 a.m., evening service at 6 p.m., AWANA for kids at 5 p.m. and Bible study at 6 pm on Wednesdays.
First Baptist Church is at 220 E. Memorial Drive. Services are recorded on
ustream and can be viewed online at www.fbchinesvillega.com.