HATTIESBURG, Miss. —
When Warren Pittman became Superintendent of the Hattiesburg District of the United Methodist Church in 1975, Edwards Street United Methodist Church had six members. Subsequently the church and parsonage were declared abandoned.
Feeling the church could be useful to the community, Pittman called a citywide group together to discuss possibilities. A survey by William Carey College (University) found that a child care center and youth recreation were the greatest needs of that area.
Pittman presented these findings to the Hattiesburg area United Methodist Churches, and in November 1978, through the Work Area on Missions at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church the Edwards Street Fellowship Center (ESFC) was born.
Recently an aggressive $2 million endowment campaign was created to develop a stable economy for ESFC. In honor of their father, and in support of Edwards Street’s ministry, Warren Pittman’s sons, Tom and Bob, and their families have made a $125,000 commitment to the endowment. That little church will hereafter be known as the “Warren Pittman Founders’ Hall,’” and continue to be a vital part of the ministry.
The public is invited to the rededication at 2 p.m. on September 8, followed by a reception and tour of the Edwards Street Fellowship Center facilities.
For additional information about Edwards Street Fellowship Center, visit the web site www.esfcntr.org or call 601-544-6149. Persons donating food or wishing to volunteer should call the same number, during normal business hours.
(For further details of this story refer to the Friday, September 6, 2013 print or e-edition of the Picayune Item.)