After completing over 20 years of military service, Elder Oscar R. Goosby returned home to serve in another capacity.
A native of Liberty County, Goosby has been in the ministry for 13 years, including serving as the pastor at the Pleasant Hill Holiness Worship Center in Walthourville since September 2012. Prior to becoming pastor there, he served as the Georgia Sunday-school superintendent for the Church of Christ Upon the Rock International.
“Our church promotes families through family-oriented programs and fellowship activities. In Bible study, topics addressing family issues are discussed,” Goosby said. “I have a zeal for Godly knowledge and Christian character.
“My vision for the Pleasant Hill Holiness Worship Center is for us to share and spread our love throughout our community. One of our goals is to promote and encourage youth involvement within our church. Another goal is to evangelize our community more. The church is actively evangelizing in mostly one-on-one situations.
“We just celebrated our church’s 67th church anniversary in October. The people at Pleasant Hill are loving and seasoned, and we are blessed with some seasoned and experienced ministers.”
Church members are excited about celebrating their pastor and first lady’s second anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8.
The members of Pleasant Hill are mission-oriented.
“We have a ministry of helps, Another Chance Ministry. In September 2009, God gave my wife, Evangelist Dr. Alexzine Goosby, a vision of an outreach ministry. Another Chance Ministries is all about helping people in need,” he said.
The pastor said that during Christmas, Another Chance Ministry delivered food and gave money to many in the community.
“Another one of our members, Evangelist Dr. Juanita Johnson, has an Issues of Life website, where she helps people deal with life issues. When God blesses us, we must reach back and be a blessing to others,” Pastor Goosby said.
He credited several individuals with having a profound impact on his life and ministry.
“The late Mother Elizabeth Barrett who was my Sunday-school teacher/mentor kept me in church during my formative years,” Pastor Goosby said. “Bishop N.C. Walthour shares his wisdom and experience at many stages of my life, and my wife keeps me inspired and motivated.”
Pastor Goosby’s advice to pastors and ministers is to stay true to what God has called them you to do.
“If you are married, it must always be our ministry,” he said.
The Goosbys both are students of the word and graduates of Trinity Temple College of Religion, where Dr. Goosby serves as an instructor. She also is a graduate of Brewton-Parker College.
Pastor Goosby has a Bachelor of Science from Wayland Baptist University and a master’s degree from Armstrong State University. Dr. Goosby also is the author of the recently released book, “Where Are You My Sister, Jealously in the Body of Christ.”
The church is at 749 Carter Road in Walthourville. For more information, call 877-0083.