Nelson Gatlin celebrated for service with parade

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Bishop recalls journey to Sulphur Springs

  • Bishop Nelson Gatlin and First Lady Kathern Gatlin wait for the parade honoring their service to the Sulphur Springs community to start in the cloudy Saturday afternoon. Staff photo by Todd Kleiboer
    Bishop Nelson Gatlin and First Lady Kathern Gatlin wait for the parade honoring their service to the Sulphur Springs community to start in the cloudy Saturday afternoon. Staff photo by Todd Kleiboer
From small Louisiana town to presiding over 45 churches in Northeast Texas, Bishop Nelson Gatlin started his faithful work at Sulphur Springs’ Michell Chapel Church of God in Christ (COGIC), where he serves as pastor, 23 years ago. “My bishop at the time was looking for someone to come here to replace the former pastor [B. L. Turman] who had passed away,” Gatlin said. “Two years had passed, and…

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