Dr. Hal Brady continues ministry in retirement


By Kara Witherow, Editor

Former St. Luke United Methodist Church pastor Dr. Hal Brady has continued his ministry in retirement through writing, teaching, weekly television broadcasts and a website (www.halbradyministries.com).

Wanting to continue proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ after 50 years of active ministry and his June 2011 retirement from the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he formed Hal Brady Ministries.

Whether teaching seminars, writing Sunday school lessons for the Advocate, or through his weekly television broadcast, there are two underlying purposes out of which he ministers.

“The purpose for the ministry is one, to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relevant, Biblical and vital way,” Dr. Brady said. “The second purpose is to encourage people and to remind them there is still God.”

Every Thursday night at 8, Atlanta-area residents can tune in to the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB) network to hear relevant and Biblical teaching from Dr. Brady.

Every other week, he heads to the studio and films two sessions back-to-back.

“I have preached one sermon three times each Sunday for the past 25 years,” he said. “But I find it to be much more difficult to preach two completely different sermons within five minutes of each other!”

Each of the messages is also uploaded to the Hal Brady Ministries website (www.halbradyministries.com). More than 70 programs are available for instant viewing.

Deeply devoted to the South Georgia Conference, Dr. Brady, who now lives in Atlanta, still heads the Conference Center Task Force.

Raising the needed money has been difficult with the current state of the economy, he said, but he and the task force are still working hard to secure funding to build the nearly 11,000-square-foot Conference Center.

As the newest Advocate Sunday school lesson writer, Dr. Brady is sharing his faith with a familiar audience.

“I think that they (Advocate Sunday school lessons) have absolutely been vital to people who are interested in Sunday school,” he said. “I have been so pleased to have the opportunity to do this.”

Regardless of the format he’s using, Dr. Brady preaches a message of God’s grace, forgiveness and salvation – a message he says is sorely needed.

“I feel like the gospel is needed more now today than ever. All we have to do is take a look at what’s going on in our culture to know that. When I watch the 11 o’clock news at night it’s one report of crime after another. It’s all bad news. So much is happening in the world that is bad news, so I think every means possible to present the Good News should be taken.”

Read Dr. Brady’s Sunday school lessons in the Advocate or online at www.sgaumc.org/advocate. His lessons will run March 2013 through May 2013. Visit his website and watch his sermons at www.halbradyministries.com. He can be reached via email at hal@halbradyministries.com.