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Camden First UMC celebrates 17th anniversary on Sunday
Camden First  Rev. Dr. Richard L. Kimbrough
Rev. Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough

Camden First United Methodist Church celebrates its 17th anniversary this Sunday, March 8.

The special commemoration will take place during the regular 11 a.m. worship service. The theme for the event is "Committing Our Faith for Kingdom Results: The Year of Prayer."

Camden First UMC was formed from the merger of two historic area churches, Trinity First United Methodist Church, which is the present day location of Camden First, and Macedonia United Methodist Church.

"From a historical perspective, it is actually 149 years as Trinity United Methodist Church – we stand on the shoulders of rich history between Trinity and Macedonia United Methodist Churches," Reverend Ellis White Jr. pastor of Camden First UMC said. "We’re a historical church with a present day ministry."

Rev. Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough, well-known and highly regarded for his dynamic ministry, is the guest speaker for the special event.

"He is one of the most sought after preachers in the UMC and brings a wealth of experience and is a dynamic speaker," Rev. White said.

Dr. Kimbrough has served in many roles in his more than forty year ministry. He led congregation in Chicago through racial transition and in 1974 was appointed to the Cascade Church in Atlanta, taking the church from a flagging membership of around 100 to more than 7,000 in 2006. He has also served as chairman of the board of directors for the Benjamin E. Mays Academy for Young Men, as well as a consultant for Young Harris College and The Sage at impact United Methodist Church. He has also served as a delegate to the World Methodist Conferences, General Conferences and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church as well as a member of the United Methodist Publishing Board and Pastor-IN=-residence at Cliftondale United Methodist Church.

Dr. Kimbrough has also been very active in the community, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta rapid Transit Authority), as well as the board of visitors for Emory University and Reinhardt College, the American Red Cross and United Way. He also chaired the Church Committee of the United Negro College Fund telethon and was appointed by the governor of Georgia to the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission. He has also received numerous honors and awards over the years.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Kimbrough received his BA degree from Morris Brown College and his Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center. His address, "Reclaiming our Mission to the City", appears in the book, "The World Forever Our Parish," and he is the author of the book, "Nothing is Impossible, as well as a contributor to the books "365 Meditations for Men, "365 Meditations for Families," and "Black-Jewish relations."

He is married to author and educator Marjorie L. Kimbrough and they have two children and two grandchildren.