HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A former Hattiesburg minister who helped turn a vacant church into a thriving ministry 35 years ago will receive a special honor this weekend. Reverend Warren Pittman will be the guest of honor at a ceremony which will re-name the old Edwards Street Methodist Church as the Warren Pittman Founders' Hall.
In 1979, Pittman, who was the Hattiesburg District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, helped establish the Edwards Street Fellowship Center at the decades-old church, which had closed a year earlier.
Initially, the ministry hosted just after-school tutoring, but these days, it provides food to needy families and offers many other services.
"I think (Rev. Pittman's) motivation really was ministry to the community and to the neighborhood in the Irene Chapel, Palmer's Crossing area, to reach out and find out what the needs were for the people who live here and rather than having an abandoned building, to truly reach out and make a difference for the people who live in this neighborhood," said Ann McCullen, executive director of the Edwards Street Fellowship Center.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Founders' Hall, located at 1904 Edwards Street.
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