Local pastors react to shooting tragedy at Texas church

Local pastors react to shooting tragedy at Texas church

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The mass murders of 26 people at a Texas church continues to be felt across the country and in Jefferson County.

"Such a devastating event will forever change every person involved," Pastor Timothy Kelley said.

Pastor Kelley of Southside Baptist Church grew up in a small town church similar to the one in Sutherland Texas. The Sunday shooting left him upset after learning the gunman took 26 lives ranging in age from 18-months to 77 year old.

"Especially angered over the fact about the people who were innocent in a house of worship," Kelley said.

At More than Conquerors Faith Church, Pastor Steve Green just a week ago brought in someone to offer family security tips in the case of an active shooter.

"The Bible has already warned us we are in the last days. People have been saying for years we are in the last days. It tells darkness will cover the earth, even gross darkness. These things will happen," Green said.

Both pastors say explaining mass murders to their congregation is difficult but they have to rely on their faith and teachings.

"We have to trust God. He will be our protector. He will be our strength and he will be our keeper. Anything beyond that, we have to commit that to him," Green said.

"We don't know what tomorrow holds but we do know this. If you are faithful to those things, we believe God will watch over us and care for us," Kelley said.

Both pastors are not worried people will be afraid to attend church. Despite the attack, they believe people will turn to the church for continued comfort.

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