PITTSBURG — A local church which had been on the ropes is having new life breathed into it in the form of Pastor Richard King.

King, and his wife Jan, moved to Pittsburg in November to get settled in and hit the ground running in 2018 to prepare for the Sunday grand opening and open house at Liberty Baptist Church.

Located at 1714 W. 20th St. in Pittsburg, the church had been down to an average attendance of less than 10 when King took over.

King said he and his wife’s ministry has always been a little different. Calling himself more missionary than pastor, he has specialized in helping churches which have fallen on hard times get back on their feet.

“We actually move to a place and we stay there until the Lord gets them going and on their feet,” he said. “Then we move on and do it again. It would be like a missionary, only in the United States, so like a home missionary.”

King said he and his wife have been doing this for nearly 40 years and were last in Grand Island, Nebraska, but have also pastored churches from Seattle, Washington, to Houston, Texas.

Liberty Baptist Church was originally the Pittsburg Baptist Temple and moved to the location on West 20th a few years ago, King said.

The church is an independent Baptist church, not affiliated with the Southern Baptist or American Baptist churches.

King said he wants people to understand that Liberty is a “bible-believing” church which believes in doing the things “we’re clearly commanded to do.”

“There’s not a lot of programs right now,” King said. “We meet together to worship the Lord … we’re involved in outreach. Trying to reach people who are not Christians.”

An open house is planned for 11 a.m. this Sunday, and will include special music and a reception with refreshments following morning worship.

Normally, Liberty has Sunday school at 10 a.m. with morning worship following at 11 a.m. and an evening service at 6 p.m. However only one service is planned this Sunday. For those interested there is also bible study available at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at prichardson@morningsun.net, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.