Salem Baptist Church Rev. James Meeks announces retirement, names Charlie Dates as successor

Salem Baptist Church Rev. James Meeks announces retirement, names Charlie Dates as successor

Juneteenth was a busy day for Reverend James Meeks with occasions all through the town.

Monday was even busier because the longtime senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church was greeted with gratitude after asserting he was stepping down.

“It is time for a younger technology to come back ahead with new challenges dealing with us,” stated Meeks.

Meeks advised the congregation the information whereas introducing his successor, Charlie Dates, on Sunday.

“There’s a younger man in our midst who’s an distinctive preacher. He has his doctorate diploma. He got here out of our church and it is time for younger folks to step up and be given an opportunity,” Meeks stated.

Meeks ran and gained as state senator in 2002 and served till 2013. And in 2005, he oversaw the ten,000-seat group and worship middle constructed within the historic Pullman district known as “The Home of Hope.”

“We voted that space dry and after we voted that space dry, Walmart got here in. The church truly modified the face of that group,” he stated.

Simply as he was known as to the ministry, Meeks stated he was known as to move the baton.

“All we’re is servants of the folks and I am glad I had the prospect to serve,” he stated. “I hope to maintain serving folks.”

Meeks and First Woman Jamell Meeks plan to take pleasure in some particular household occasions developing. His final official day as senior pastor can be Jan. 15, the Sunday earlier than Dr. King’s vacation.

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