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Meet the new UMA leader
Pastor Richard Hayes - photo by Photo provided.
The United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County — a.k.a. the UMA — is a nonprofit organization focused on community ministry. We are an alliance of Liberty County pastors, ministers and churches. Our purpose is to promote peace, harmony and Christian fellowship among ministers and congregations, regardless of denomination.
I am Pastor Richard D. Hayes, the new president of this prestigious organization. I consider it an honor to serve as the leader of the UMA. I am currently the pastor of New Day Outreach Ministry in Walthourville. I hold a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and I served more than nine years in the United States Army. Most of all, I love God’s people and I have a desire to serve and represent them.
Psalms 133:1 says, “How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live together in harmony!”
Liberty County faces many challenges — a poverty rate above the national average, joblessness, a growing homeless population and young people caught in destructive cycles, just to name a few. Yet, we still stand in unity. Not a single church can solve these issues alone, but together we can make a difference.
I stand ready to work together in harmony with those who want to make a difference. I’m crazy enough to think that we can do better and I’ll work tirelessly to accomplish our goals. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Hayes is president of the UMA and pastor of New Day Outreach Ministry.

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