An Ocean Springs church recognized their city leader for reaching out to the religious community. On Sunday the congregation of Victory Full Gospel Church in Ocean Springs honored Mayor Seren Ainsworth with the "Godly Leadership Award" and an eagle symbolizing freedom.
The Rev. Carlton McCarter said, "We need to recognize him as being a Godly leader. He's a mayor and a leader to honor God, and our church came to the conclusion that we should recognize that kind of leadership."
Two years ago the mayor started meeting with local pastors every month to keep each other up to date with what was going on in the city and to share ideas. By reaching out to local ministers the church's pastor says Mayor Ainsworth is bringing the Ocean Springs community closer together.
"I think it brings different churches together, different denominations, different races," said Ainsworth. "I think it's a way that they get to know each other and get to work with each other."
Mayor Ainsworth says the monthly meeting with local ministers has been productive. The West Jackson County Habitat for Humanity and the Ocean Springs Ministerial Alliance were created through those meetings.