BY RICK WRIGHT –
Kenneth Posey is the founding pastor of Southside Church of God, located on Dallas Avenue in Mena. The church opened its doors the first Sunday in June 2001.
“I was born and raised in Mena,” said Posey. “I’ve been here pretty much all my life.” He has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 41 years and the couple has three sons, Jason, Josh and Jerrod.
Kenneth graduated from Acorn High School in 1974 and went to work for the Polk County Road Department until 1979. He also had a tie yard where he purchased cross-tie logs. “Then I worked for Mena Ready Mix for a couple of years before going to work for H.C. Walker Construction. I stepped out on my own building houses. I built several local homes.”
“Then the Lord called me into the ministry in 1997,” said Posey.
The call into ministry is a lifelong dream building up into journey. It’s a process for those who are truly called to preach God’s Word. “It’s not a choice, it’s a God thing,” said Posey. “I was attending the Mena Church of God, which was pastored by Brother Charley Darris Wiles.” Kenneth went through the Church of God Ministrial Internship Program to receive his credentials while he was the assistant pastor at the Mena Church of God. “I was the assistant pastor and for a short time the interim pastor after Brother Wiles retired,” said Posey.
Kenneth moved on to pastor at the Booneville Church of God for a couple of years. In June of 2001 Kenneth and his wife Debbie felt led to begin a Church of God in the rock building across from the old Mena Ford Tractor company. “We started in the building on Dallas Avenue in October 2002,” said Posey. “Our first Sunday in the rock church building we had 56 in attendance. Before we left that building we had 99 attend on an Easter Sunday.” Southside Church of God is blessed to have about 120 in attendance on Sundays these days.
Southside Church of God meets Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for Sunday school with morning worship at 10:50 a.m. and Sunday night at 6 p.m. “Our Wednesday night’s are devoted to youth ministry from 6 to 7:30 p.m. We feed them, have a devotion and then activities for them,” said Posey.