Longtime pastor retiring from Lufkin church

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After 34 years and three months, to be exact, a Lufkin pastor is retiring.

Brother Charles Roberts has preached from the pulpit at Denman Avenue Baptist Church for three decades.

He'll share one more message Sunday about the cross of Christ.

Then, he says he may take a seat in the congregation and plans to spend quality time with his wife and grown children.

Many say he's brought stability and focus to the Lufkin church.

He moved to the area from New Orleans and has been in the ministry for 48 years.

"The Bible says there's a time for everything under the sun and the Lord just impressed upon me that it was time for me to step aside and let someone else come and lead the church," Roberts said.

A committee has been elected to search for a new pastor, a process in which he won't be a part.

This Saturday the church is holding a community-wide fish fry from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Congressman Louie Gohmert and Rep. James White will offer their congratulations.

Then on Sunday, a service honoring Roberts will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

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