Bouquets to Rudolph McKissick Sr.
Bouquets to Rudolph McKissick Sr., Bethel Baptist Institutional Church pastor, retiring Dec. 31 after 47 years in the pulpit. McKissick has also been a community leader. He served on the first University of North Florida board and boards of Jacksonville Urban League and James Weldon Johnson YMCA; he is a member of NAACP. The 175-year-old church has 12,000 members, several ministries and community outreach. His son, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick Jr., co-pastor since 1996, will take over his duties.