TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A church in Tuscaloosa is making history. On Sunday the First United Methodist church will appoint its first ever African American senior pastor.
Senior pastor Clinton Hubbard, Jr. says he is ready to lead his new congregation.
“Let’s trust God and let’s be excited and let’s work together to spread the gospel message. I am excited about it and a little nervous, the reality about it that it is history. But we also want to realize that the greater challenge is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” Hubbard said.
Pastor Hubbard has served as clergy in the United Methodist Church for almost 37 years, most recently as the Superintendent of the Cheaha District in east Alabama.
Prior to this appointment he served as the Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries for the North Alabama Conference and was the chief ministerial strategist to seek to reach Korean, Latino, Native American, Asian and African American people and renew ethnic churches or form new ones.
“Sunday I am going to look forward to sharing a passage from Isaiah the 43rd chapter where God is doing a new thing. And I want to challenge our congregation as we work together as we start our ministry together. That God is doing a new thing here and he wants us to be a part of it,” he said.
Hubbard graduated from Birmingham-Southern College where he majored in Religion. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.