Story and photos by Jacqueline Darby
Senior Pastor Sanford L. Mumphrey and First Lady Betty Mumphrey were honored with a special celebration in honor of his 7th pastoral anniversary. The theme of three-day celebration, “A pastor serving that others may be blessed; laboring that souls might be gained” was based in 1 Corinthians 9:19. The celebration began Friday, October 21 with Pastor Mumphrey and his wife were honored by guest churches and pastors including Rev. C. R. McDuffy, senior pastor of St. John Institutional Baptist Church; Rev. Bernard Black, senior pastor of South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church; and Rev. James Preston, senior pastor of Bethesda Community Baptist Church who’s choir performed stirring gospel music. With mistress of ceremony Sister Margaret Herring presiding, Pastor Mumphrey and his wife made their entrance with escorts Sister Earline Tobias and Bro. Roy Wiggins. Rev. Black offered a special prayer of blessing for Pastor Mumphrey and Sister Brigitte Colter offered a warm welcome everyone. A “Tribute to Pastor and Wife” was given by Sister Tandra Flowers. Reverend James Preston introduced guest speaker Reverend C.R. McDuffy who delivered a powerful message affirming the theme of the celebration. The celebration continued on Sunday, October 23, with guest churches and pastors Dr. Roy Fitzpatrick, Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Dr. Clyde Chilton of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Rev. Jason Henry, Sr. of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Sister Victoria Shumate opened the service and Pastor Mumphrey and wife made their entrance with escorts Jonathan and Destiny Auzenne. Reverend Jason Henry, Sr. offered a prayer for continued blessings and Sister Tierra Auzenne offered a warm tribute in honor of Pastor and Mrs. Mumphrey. Reverend Jason Henry, Sr. continued with inspiring words and introduced guest speaker Dr. Roy Fitzpatrick who delivered a powerful sermon. The final anniversary celebration was held Sunday, October 30, and the church overflowed with with family, supporters, and friends. Joining in support were senior pastors E. B. Henry, of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. James Washington of New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church; and James Johnson and Morning Start Missionary Baptist Church. Sister Tonique Smith presiding as mistress of ceremony opened the program. Pastor and Mrs. Mumphrey dressed in a sparkling silver suit and hat, were escorted by Mother Hattie McDonald and Mother Ocie Green. Reverend James Washington offered the prayer of blessing and Aquanetta Taylor highlighted the program with a touching tribute to Pastor and Mrs. Mumphrey. Senior Pastor E. B. Henry, the final preacher, delivered a powerful sermon coming from the theme texts of 1 Corinthians 9:19. Following the sermon First Lady Mumphrey expressed appreciation to the members, the deacons, and the anniversary committee. Senior Pastor Mumphrey thanked the congregation for their faithfulness and their service. He also praised his family and thanked his wife, Betty for her loving support.