Pastor sacrifices hair as mission revives


Special to the Advocate

For the Rev. Chris Cumbest, the revival of Seashore Mission served as a hair-razing experience. 

Cumbest, coordinator of church recovery for the Mississippi Conference, vowed not to cut his hair until the Seashore Mission, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, was back in ministry. That happened March 18 through a partnership with Seashore Mission and Beauvoir UMC in Biloxi. 

“When Elizabeth (Cumbest) decided to produce her CD to raise funds for the mission, I made the commitment to join the effort by not cutting my hair until the ministry of Seashore Mission was back at work,” said Cumbest. “It has been a challenging journey but we know God has placed us in this moment for a new beginning.”   

Elizabeth Cumbest, 16, is Chris Cumbest’s daughter. In February she released a CD of songs she had written during and after Katrina. She pledged that all funds from the sale of the CDs would support the Seashore Mission. 

Cumbest also announced that the CD (All Things New – Songs of Hope After Hurricane Katrina) was just $500 shy of reaching $20,000. The offering taken at the event brought the total to more than $20,000.