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Pastor aspires to teach others
In the pulpit
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Pastor Moses Blackmon didn’t move to Georgia because he had been selected to pastor a new church. A native of Troy, Ala., Blackmon moved to Miami at the age of 3. In 2006, he relocated to Liberty County. “My daughter’s husband was in the military and we moved to Georgia,” he said.
In 2008, Blackmon was appointed pastor of Sunbury Baptist Church in the east end of Liberty County. The church is preparing to celebrate its 144th church anniversary on Oct. 17.
Blackmon has been in the ministry for 19 years and has served as a pastor for 18 years. Before coming to Liberty County, he was the pastor of Second Corinth Baptist Church in Miami.
“God has blessed and the church is steadily blessing. I am excited God sent me to Georgia,” Blackmon said. “The church is growing. We have approximately 60 people in Sunday school and 35 to 40 people in Bible study. We have to teach people.
“My vision is for the church to become a beacon to people in the community. We want to be a light that sits on the hill that cannot be hidden. Our goal is to have an outreach ministry that comes outside the walls and touches people,” he said.
Sunbury Baptist has several ministries, including the deacons, adult choir, youth choir and ushers. “We are in the process of starting a mothers’ board (with a mission department) and pastor’s aid. We are looking to start them this year,” Blackmon said. He describes the people at Sunbury Baptist as godly, warm, loving and very friendly.
As someone who enjoys teaching, the pastor has advanced Biblical training, which he received in Jacksonville. He advises pastors and ministers to trust in the Lord, have patience and wait on God.
“I love people. You have to love people to be a pastor,” Blackmon said.
He enjoys visiting patients in nursing homes. “We go every week with a mission group that is under the leadership of Mother Sarah Atkinson of First Zion. She is a good mentor. We teach and give a word of encouragement during our visits,” he said.
Blackmon and his wife Daisy have been married for 28 years. They live in Walthourville and have two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In his spare time, the pastor enjoys fishing, reading and landscaping.
Sunbury Baptist Church invites the community to join them for worship services on the first, second and third Sundays of each month. “On the second Sundays, we have an hour of power at 11:30 a.m.,” Blackmon said.
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