Dr. Charles Boudreaux Announces Retirement
Dr. Charlie Boudreaux joined the staff of First Baptist Jackson more than 20 years ago. On November 19, he will begin a new chapter, as he retires from his position as Counseling Pastor.
“I’ll miss being a part of the First Baptist Jackson staff. I’ll be in a new role (helping Summit counselors) and I’ll still be a member here. It will be a transition, but a good transition, and I’ll still have the interactions.”
Twenty years on staff carry many memories, but Charlie’s favorites focus on relationships with other staff members. “The Christmas fellowships, organized by the different departments, were special,” he recalls. “We would be relaxed, let our hair down, and have fun.”
In his position as a counselor, Charlie hears about many struggles others are going through, which can be difficult. “God promises us He’ll be with us in every situation. When clients lean on God more, it gives me hope for them.”
Charlie is full of gratitude for the First Baptist Jackson family. “Thank you for being our family, for loving us and our children, for being there for us in countless times of joy and times of sorrow, for blessing us beyond measure!”
More than anything, though, Charlie’s desire is that all points back to God: “Our prayer is that all of us as a family will give Him, Who is our everything, our ALL as He gives us the awesome opportunity to serve and glorify Him.”
Thank you from Charlie:
When we first came to First Baptist in 1995 Cindy Townsend was Youth Minister and wrote a chorus our youth sang. The first two lines are “FBC, my family, is more than just a name, it’s a group I can lean on as we grow in love.” Thank you for being our family, for loving us and our children, for being there for us in countless ways in times of joy and times of sorrow, for blessing us beyond measure! I am humbled and thankful and I celebrate how God continues to use this ministry for His glory. The last two lines of the chorus Cindy wrote are: “Jesus Christ, my Savior, is more than just a name, He is my everything, and to Him I give my all.” Our prayer is that all of us as a family will give Him, Who is our everything, our ALL as He gives us the awesome opportunity to serve and glorify Him.
Dear Church Family,
I plan to retire this fall with Sunday, November 19, being my last official day to serve as your Counseling Pastor. My heart REJOICES in God’s provision of the opportunity to serve Him here at First Baptist Jackson for the past twenty plus years. What a BLESSING it has been for me and Nita to serve alongside you, His followers in our church family! What a JOY it has been for us to watch God work in and change lives for His glory, including ours! What a GIFT from Him it has been for us to experience love and encouragement from the hands of hearts of so many! Even though this season will close, I look forward to all He has in store for the next season of ministry during my retirement years.
Two prayers were sung at our wedding in 1976 by our friends Laura and David Prevost. One was To God Be the Glory by Andrae Crouch with its first line “How can we say thanks for all the things You have done for us?,” and we reiterate that today! The other was Shepherd, Like a Savior Lead Us, and we also reiterate that today as we enter this next season. We also pray this for you, our church family, knowing how critical it is each day for all of us as His sheep to follow His leadership. To God be the Glory, great things He has done, is doing, and will continue to do in us, for us, and through us as we keep our eyes focused on Jesus.