When Liberty Assembly of God was organized in the late 1960s, the members had their eyes firmly set on reaching the community around them. The first location for the church was on U.S. 90 in Gautier where they invited friends and family to gather for services each week.
Today, Pastor David Watson, who has been guiding the church for more than 23 years, knows the key to implementing strategies to reach those in need of God's word is through the volunteers that toil daily toward a common goal.
"Liberty Church is about real people getting together, worshipping God and reaching out to meet the needs of all His people regardless of class levels, race, background or denomination. We are one," Watson said.
The church's "Bread of Life" ministry began in 2002 and was started out of a thought that there need not be any hungry people in Gautier.
The food pantry is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Participants must register with the church to receive aid.
One of the largest church ministries is a booth the church sets up each year at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on the third week of October.
The fair that runs for an entire week brings hungry visitors out by the thousands and Liberty Assembly of God is there to offer them Southern Gulf seafood dishes.
"Our church volunteers are already gearing up for the fair by chopping locally grown fresh vegetables to be used in our gumbo and I am looking forward to making huge amounts of chili to sell at the LAG booth," Watson said.
There will be other entrees and side dishes available from the church also. All proceeds will go toward the church's building fund.
Youth Director John Deal, guides Royal Ranger classes for boys and Mpact classes for girls as well as many youth activities.
There's is a meal each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. just before Bible study where classes are grouped by age. Co-pastor, John Watson and Women's Ministry director, Lisa Watson, will be on hand to greet newcomers with prayer and to answer any questions.