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RTS – Teaching Pastoral Care

Charlie Wingard

Charlie Wingard

Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson and Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City, Mississippi

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Ordained in 1961, Pastor Brister Ware has served as First Presbyterian Church’s Minister of Pastoral Care since 1983.

Today Brister spoke to my preaching class about pastoral visitation. His lecture was full of godly wisdom and practical instruction, the fruit of a long and faithful life in ministry. Brister is an encouragement to me, and I am thankful for his caring example.


  1. Anna Ware Fortner says:

    So happy that your class was able to hear my brother, Brister Ware! He is truly the real deal! I could tell you many stories about him that could go back to our childhood! One amusing anecdote: Brister, as a young adult, picked up a hitchhiker on his way to church…took him all the way to Meridian! None of us knew where he was! He also was very involved in the life of a high functioning autistic man and was written up, nationally. He would take the shirt off his back if someone needed one!

    • Dear Anna –

      Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories about your brother. He sets a godly example of concern for others, and enriches many lives.

      Yours in Christ,


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