On Aug. 23, Corona Baptist will celebrate 30 years with their Pastor, Bobby Sanders.
He has doctorate degrees in ministry and theology, from Lake Charles Bible College, which he attended from 2002-2005.
Corona Baptist was founded in 1936 and has seen just two pastors in its’ 79 years of existence. Before Pastor Sanders, there was only Rev. Gilbert W. Bryant, who served the church as Pastor from 1937-1985, when Pastor Sanders took over.
Pastor Sanders and his wife Barbara have known each other nearly all their life and have been married for 43 years now. They have seven children and numerous grandchildren as well.
Corona has around 300 members at this time, and is classified as a Missionary Baptist church. “From day one, we have had a mindset of “taking back ground”. We cross denomination grounds here, we cross ethnic grounds. We have no boundaries. We are really just interested in the Kingdom of God and preparing people for the soon coming of The Lord”, said Sanders.
Becoming a pastor was not always in the plans for Sanders, however. He attended United Electronics Institute in Louisville out of High School, with hopes of becoming an electrician. “God had other plans”, declared Sanders.
Several other pastors in the area were once members of the congregation at Corona Baptist, including Associate Pastor Tim Bryant of Grace Fellowship, Pastor Damond Bragg of Holy Temple, and even current Mt. Juliet Police Commissioner James Hambrick, who is also an Associate Pastor at Grace Fellowship.
Murita Hayes has been a member of Corona Baptist nearly all of her life, and had some very high praise for her Pastor. “He has a very strong objective to reach out to everyone he comes in contact with, and we as a church, have been able to grow alongside him. To him, it’s not about denominations or anything other than the children of God”.
Hayes would also like to encourage anyone and everyone to join Corona Baptist Aug. 23 for the 30 year anniversary celebration for Pastor Sanders. The day will begin with a prayer meeting at 9 a.m.., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. For more information about the church, visit their website at www.coronabaptist.org.