By Bud Kirkpatrick, member of Parkway Heights
A program has been established to honor long-time United
Edwards Street founder, Warren Pittman stands outside the building named in his honor.
Methodist minister, the Rev. Warren Pittman and to commemorate the recent rededication of the Edwards Street United Methodist Church building to its new name, the Warren Pittman Founders' Hall.
This rededication honors Warren's efforts to save the little church from abandonment when he was district superintendent in the Hattiesburg District during the late 1970s. His efforts set the stage for what has become the Edwards Street Fellowship Center (ESFC).
The Edwards Street ministry is centered on the commitment of strengthening families and individuals and meeting special needs in the community. That community is now 14 counties in the Pine Belt of south Mississippi.
There are currently nearly 1,700 active clients and emergency food is provided to some 1,000 families per month through the ESFC food pantry. The ESFC Thrift Store opened on Lincoln Road in Hattiesburg in 2012.
The Warren Pittman Founders' Hall will become the center for
A young scout gets to meet Warren Pittman.
scouting activities for the Edwards Street ministry. Pittman had the opportunity to meet one of the scouts in the Edwards Street Program on his recent visit to Hattiesburg for the rededication.
During his more than 50 year ministry, Pittman served pastorates in Hattiesburg, Monticello, Centerville, Forest Hill, Forest and in Jackson at Broadmeadow and St. Luke's. He served as superintendent for the Hattiesburg and Brookhaven districts of the UMC. Additionally, he served as director of the conference council on ministries for the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church, based in Jackson.
Now, individuals can personally honor Pittman and become part of this vibrant ministry with a monetary gift to the Edwards Street Fellowship Center Endowment. Your gift will join others in building a secure financial future for the Edwards Street ministry.
Please make your gift payable to the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation, 1507 Hardy Street, Suite 208, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401, or call 601-583-6180. Indicate on your check that your gift is for the Edwards Street Fellowship Endowment, in honor of the Rev. Warren Pittman. Pittman will be notified of your gift, but not the amount.