Before the service he was hugging you, even if you were a stranger,” Rev. Percy Thompson remembered. “People who would join the church would tell you that was a key part of their decision to make it their church home. They felt that hug at the beginning and that warmth never left. That hug was still there. -Percy Thompson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Moving after a Pastor has died is difficult. Add to that a high profile murder at the Pastor's beloved church and the task of moving on may seem insurmountable. Today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported that the Greater Sweethome Church of Forest Hill, TX has finally chosen a new Pastor. The Rev. Percy Thompson will lead parishioners at the church on the hill following the untimely demise of their beloved Pastor late last year. You can read the full article here.
In the article, Pastor-elect Thompson recalls his initial trepidation when being called to preach and later to be considered for the vacant Pastorate. Thompson, like many ministers was a man who ran, only from the call to preach. Thompson was one of the meager number that split from the Sweethome Baptist Church to begin the Greater Sweethome ministry. The article detailed Pastor-elect Thompson’s close working relationship with the late Pastor Kirk as well as his contributions to the flock. Thompson felt the tug of ministry years ago, but only recently accepted the call to preach.
The church is growing and returning to the form it lost when their Pastor was brutally murdered. For Thompson and his leadership, he’ll be sure to keep the membership close in a warm embrace as their hearts collectively heal.
You might argue I hug a little more than I used to...but eventually we’ll get to that! -Percy Thompson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram