THE CHURCH BETWEEN THE TRACKS
Court Street United Methodist Church stands between two sets of railroad tracks that intersect in downtown Hattiesburg, and people from all sides of the tracks are part of our church family. Court Street is committed to being a church that includes all people, regardless of any status. We don't just tolerate our diversity. We celebrate it. Our church is full of people of a variety of ages, races, economic backgrounds, and family arrangements. Persons with mental or physical disabilities are an active part of the church's life, alongside persons with histories of addiction and incarceration. We believe the Holy Spirit has made Court Street the amazingly beautiful, diverse, and graceful community it is today.
The Reverend Brad Corban is an ordained elder in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves as Court Street’s pastor. With his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, Brad graduated from the Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology. As pastor, Brad leads worship, administers the sacraments, provides care and counseling, serves as administrative officer, oversees the educational program of the church, and participates in community and global ministries. He serves on the board of the Edwards Street Fellowship Center, a local agency dedicated to serving low-income families in the Hattiesburg community in a variety of ways.
Disciples of Jesus are called to create and sustain communities where everyone is welcome, everyone is served, and everyone is equipped to serve others. I'm passionate about a Christian faith that challenges me to learn, give, and make a positive difference in the lives of others, especially those who are disenfranchised and socially marginalized.
Every sermon is crafted to preach the Word of God to our ever-changing contexts, to help us better appreciate scripture, and to inspire compassion, wisdom, and generosity. Recent sermon series include “Reconciling God, Science, & Nature,” “Love, Sex, & Relationships,” “Forgiveness,” and “The Most Important Contradictions in the Bible.”
Josephine D'Arpa, Minister of Music
Josephine D’Arpa serves as Court Street’s Minister of Music. She is a retired professor of music at William Carey University and still teaches voice lessons and music appreciation. Her Bachelor of Music is from William Carey, she received her Master of Music (with an emphasis on vocal performance) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to weekly choir practice, Ms D'Arpa teaches the music for our annual Christmas and Easter Cantatas, and she conducts music for The Living Last Supper, a dramatic re-enactment of the last meal Jesus had with his disciples before death, which Court Street presents each year on Maundy Thursday.
Choir Practice is on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m., and everyone is invited and welcome to join.
Susan Dickey, Program Ministries Coordinator
Kenny Myrick, Organ, Piano, & Woodwinds
Sarah Odom, Piano & Organ
Darlene Hammons, Community Meal Coordinator
Dorothy & Steve Mobley, Building Custodians
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