About 100 East Texas pastors were honored Thursday at the first Pastoral Appreciation luncheon in Lufkin.
The luncheon was sponsored by KSWP and KAVX radio.
“We have wanted to do this for years,” said station president Al Ross. “I am just glad we have finally been able to get it done. We have pastors from all denominations.”
The pastors were treated to a meal, door prizes, and a mini-concert by Christian recording artist John Waller. Waller said he has done about 10 of these events with other groups and believes the honor events help give support that is not always given.
"Pastors are on the front line of ministry,” Waller said. “Who's blessing them, who's encouraging them, and who's ministering to them? A lot of these guys don't get that."
Ross said he hopes the station is able to do more of these events in the coming years.