Rev. Walter Kimbrough to keynote Rockdale MLK breakfast

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale NAACP will welcome the Rev. Walter L. Kimbrough of Columbia Drive United Methodist Church to deliver the keynote address at its ninth Martin Luther King, Jr. community breakfast on Jan. 21. The breakfast will be held at 7:45 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse, 1294 Iris Drive, S.W., Conyers.


Rev. Kimbrough was appointed senior pastor of Columbia Drive UMC in Decatur last year after coming out of retirement. He had served as pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church for 26 years, first taking on an appointment from 1974 to 1986 and then later returning to serve from 1992 to 2006.


Rev. Kimbrough currently serves as chair of the Benjamin E. Mays Academy for Young Men board of directors, a consultant for Young Harris College and The Sage at Impact United Methodist Church. He has also served as a delegate to World Methodist Conferences, General Conferences, and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Publishing Board and pastor-in-residence at Cliftondale United Methodist Church.


“We have secured a great speaker and we are really excited about this year’s celebration. I expect a large turnout, a sellout crowd,” said Fred Boscarino, president of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. “This event has become a community tradition for many of our residents and business owners who want to appropriately observe MLK Day and honor this great American.”


Boscarino said seating at Longhorn is limited and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no advance ticket sales. The cost to attend the breakfast program is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 13 and under. Proceeds will benefit the United Way in Rockdale County. 770-483-7049.