Rev. Kenneth DuBose, Outgoing President of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship of Norwalk, Reflects on his Tenure and Looks to the Future

Hour photo/Chris Palermo. Rev. DuBose is preparing for his upcoming Martin Luther King weekend sermon.
Hour photo/Chris Palermo. Rev. DuBose is preparing for his upcoming Martin Luther King weekend sermon.

The outgoing president of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship of Norwalk (IMF) reflected on his tenure at the top of the religious organization and looked forward to the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend services.

The Rev. Kenneth DuBose will give his last sermon as IMF president and help install the Rev. Henry G. Floyd as the new IMF president during the MLK service at Calvary Baptist Church, 21 Concord St., on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

“Going forward, we need to look back on both the challenges of the past and the success that came from it,” said DuBose. “I celebrate that in Norwalk during my tenure, we have had success in the area of our communities coming together, especially during the seasons of Lent.”

The IMF is a coalition of pastors primarily comprised of African-American, Christian pastors from 15 churches in Norwalk. The pastors collaborate on service projects and religious holidays and holy day ceremonies.

DuBose came to St. James Baptist Church more than four years ago after serving as pastor of Community Baptist Church, the lone African-American Baptist church in New Canaan. He replaced the Rev. Roosevelt Ewell as IMF president one year into his tenure in Norwalk. Ewell had served as IMF president for eight years. Floyd served as the IMF’s vice president under DuBose.

During his time as IMF president, DuBose helped organize a well-attended peaceful community march in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, gunned down 17-year-old unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 during a scuffle in the gated community of Sanford, Fla. He said the march was a “great way to recognize the strength of the leaders in our community as well as the residents calling for social change.”

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Source: The Hour | STEVE KOBAK

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