Long-Time Coast Minister Retires After 30 Years

Members at a Biloxi church said goodbye on Sunday to man they say has been like a father figure to them.

After 30 years as pastor of Cedar Lake Christian Assembly, the Rev. Kenneth Broadus is retiring. Church members held a special ceremony in honor of Broadus and his wife Joyce.

Past and present members spoke about his faithfulness and dedication to the church, and the choir sang some of his favorite songs. The congregation has grown tremendously under his leadership from about 150 members in 1970 to more than 1,000 today.

When Broadus first became pastor the church was named Central Assembly and located on Lee Street in Biloxi. He moved the church to Cedar Lake Road and the church was renamed. Broadus says his tenure as pastor has been eventful.

"There have been days of victory. There have been days of real despair, but God has been faithful through those 30 years, and he's brought us in a great place," Rev. Broadus said.

Rev. Broadus and his wife are not calling it quits all together. They are starting a new ministry that reaches out to missionaries and pastors.

by Danielle Thomas