Pastor of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs gives final sermon during Sunday service

The pastor is stepping down and the church is reflecting on his leadership

Pastor Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs gave his last sermon as the official church lead pastor during Sunday morning service.

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – Pastor Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs gave his last sermon as the official church lead pastor during Sunday morning service.

Pastor Pomeroy, affectionately known as “Pastor Frank,” brought his more than 20 years of pastorship to a close after keeping his flock together before, during and after an unimaginable evil and indescribable pain the church experienced in 2017.

Nearly five years ago, a gunman walked into the church and opened fire during the Sunday service. Twenty six people were killed and dozens were injured in what is known as the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.

Associate Pastor Ray Warren said Pomeroy’s strength following the horrific shooting brought the church and community closer.

“To be able to live through that kind of mayhem and losing a family member yourself and continue to lead shows a whole lot of integrity. That’s what I’m going to miss about his leadership is his truthfulness,” said Pastor Warren.

Britteny Martinez, a 20-year church member, said she will openly welcome future leadership while recognizing Pastor Frank’s long-lasting impactful contributions made over the years.

“They’ve really, really been through it with us. It’s not like we put them on a pedestal. They give more than what they even have. They’re truly amazing people and they will really be missed,” she said.

Pastor Frank tells KSAT 12 he is in the works of planning out what he will do next.

“We don’t know exactly. I know God has called us to speak in several different places in a campground-type ministry, one-on-one ministry. We really don’t know…that’s right. It’s a local missionary, if you will,” said Pastor Frank.


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Allysa Cole is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in September 2022. She previously worked in the Rio Grande Valley at KGBT, KRGV and Azteca Valle. She started her career at WHPM FOX23 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after graduating from University of Southern Mississippi. Allysa is a Detroit native.

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