Mr. Pineland works hard to build a better community

Dr. Carnelius D. Gilder stops to listen to a midday sermon at West Sabine high school.
Dr. Carnelius D. Gilder stops to listen to a midday sermon at West Sabine high school.(all use)
Published: Nov. 7, 2021 at 4:32 PM CST
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PINELAND, Texas (KTRE) - Dr. Carnelius D. Gilder, Mr. Pineland. He holds eight current leadership positions in West Sabine that extend as far as Bronson and Rosevine. More than half of them are appointed or elected positions, and he is also a licensed minister.

“This community invested time, effort, and finance into me,” Gilder said. “They sowed seeds into my life. So the least that I could do is continue to work in the city, continue to work in the community.”

Dr. Gilder earned his doctorate degree at Sam Houston State University and immediately returned to the place where he grew up to make a difference through education. Among his public positions, he is West Sabine’s ISD superintendent. He is also on the Pineland Housing Authority Board of Directors and is the president of the Pineland Early Learning Center Board.

“I do know that I was born to help people,” Gilder said. “Now, what that looked like, I did not know. I still don’t know, but I do know this, I do know that every door that I’ve encountered has been unlocked because as the Bible says, the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and everywhere I’ve been, I’ve been sent.”

Gilder’s central mission is to rebuild the pride of the local area and create an environment that people want to come back to. In order to do that, he says it’s important to first know your own purpose so that you can better help others.

“We are here to transform our district so that we may push out creators, innovators, and producers for society,” Gilder said. “That’s what we are here to do. We are transforming the community. That brings me great joy.”

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