Local Pastor Seymour Venson Adolph Jr. announces retirement

After 31 years, Gulfport Pastor Seymour Venson Adolph Jr. for First Missionary Baptist Church of Handsboro has announced he will be retiring on December 19th.

Everyone hopes to spend their career doing what they love and Pastor Seymour Adolph Jr. did exactly that. For the past 31 years, Pastor Adolph preached to the City of Gulfport at First Missionary Baptist Church of Handsboro. “It’s been what I have called my dream church and indeed the love has flowed all 31 years, but these last few weeks have really been something else.”

The pastor has been a bright spot for the community, spreading love and education wherever he went. One of his accomplishments was his creating of an in-house certification program for Sunday School and other teachers which led to the church participating in the National Sunday School Publishing Board Institute which certified more than 50 teachers at the church. “Believing that the great commission that Jesus gave to the church would make of the Christian church a teaching institution.”

While Pastor Adolph has been the pastor here for 31 years, that only makes up about a fraction this church’s existence which was organized in 1860, making it the second oldest black church in Harrison County. “I was asked at one point ‘was it difficult to lead First Missionary?’ It really has not been. It was as if First Missionary was chosen for me.”

When Adolph officially retires a week from Sunday, he will move to Houston where he will be able to spend more time with his family and possibly work in ministry. First Missionary Baptist Handsboro Administrative Assistant Lois Staton said, “It’s been great working with him and for him. He’s been one of the best supervisors I’ve had in my entire career. I’m truly going to miss him.”

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