Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer (FCBC Media Ministry)

Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer shared powerful and inspiring words with the congregation during his final sermon as senior pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church.  After nearly 41 years as the spiritual leader, the internationally known theologian parted on Sunday, February 19 with the message entitled, “I Did My Best” and using 2 Timothy 4:6-7 as his text.

Acknowledging that stepping down is hard, yet Ulmer maintained that “it’s the right time” even if it’s emotionally painful. He told members, “Over and over again God has had to remind me that the call on this house is to build champions for divine deployment. God didn’t bring you here to stay. The family of champions was a stop along the highway to heaven.”

The bishop concluded his sermon proclaiming, “Well, Faithful Central Bible Church, it’s time. I’ve got to go. It’s been 40 years. I did my best. You pray for me. I’ll pray for you. I’ve got to go, but I’m going to leave you in the hands of the Lord. His hands can hold you. His hands can keep you from falling. His hands can pick you up when you fall. His hands can lead you to victory.”

A tribute concert program was held Sunday afternoon at West Angeles Cathedral. Erica Campbell and Bebe Winans served as hosts. The program featured presentations by Pastor Charles Blake II, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor John-Paul Foster, actress Dawnn Lewis and other luminaries. Musical guests included Kirk Franklin, Maranda Curtis, Kathy Taylor, Chrystal Rucker and Mary Mary.

(All photos by Rickey Brown/L.A. Sentinel and FCBC Media Ministry)