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By Elizabeth Tanner
CAREY —Having welcomed Lead Pastor Bobby Broughton in late June, Carey 1st Baptist Church has marked a new beginning.
Broughton, who has served in Texas churches for 30-plus years as a Lead Pastor, Worship Pastor and Student Pastor, brings with him a background of not only biblical studies, but education in music and fine arts with a Bachelor of Arts from Wayland Baptist
University, a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master of Theological Studies and Certification in Christian Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Having accepted the Lord at an early age and being called to ministry in his teens, Broughton has a background that extends beyond traditional ministry, including that of a Christian songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, public speaker and program entertainer.
“My background in education is primarily in fine arts,” Broughton said. “I’m a trained musician, actor and director, and I’ve been able to use that to do great things in the church.My life’s mission is the Great Commission. I want to share the gospel with all who will listen and lead believers in growing and becoming more like Christ.”
Focusing on refreshing Carey 1st Baptist, Broughton recently completed technical upgrades and worship enhancements to the church’s multi-purpose facility, including new stage design, HD screens, stage lighting and entryway blackout curtains.
“We will be restoring our well-reputed live worship ministry as members return or the Lord brings in new talent,” Broughton said. “We are currently experiencing great times of worship with tracked and live accompaniments.” Additionally, Broughton has rebranded the church with a new logo.
However, he isn’t stopping there. Broughton also plans to introduce a new community program, Celebrate Recovery. “We will soon begin training and implementation of a new program for our county and area called Celebrate Recovery,” Broughton said. “Celebrate Recovery is an internationally-known,Bible-based programmed at those suffering from addictions, but is for anyone with habits, hang-ups and hurts that keep them from being the person God made them to be.”