Local pastor reacts to Texas church shooting

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — Church is one of the main places people want to feel safe and making sure everyone is protected is the goal of many local pastors.

Security is something Ricky Plummer takes very seriously.

He is the senior pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Dothan.

He says, "We don't want to invite danger in, we do try to keep our people safe. just be watchful and mindful."

Sunday morning, a man gunned down at least 26 people in a small Baptist church in Texas.

President Trump on a trip to Asia expressed condolences, "So sad, Sutherland Springs, Texas, such a wonderful area, who would have thought a thing like this could happen."

Wilson County, Texas Sheriff Joe Tackitt says,
"This is a close community, everyone knows everyone, they help each other, it is going to be traumatic for a lot of people."

Since 2012, more than 10 shootings have happened at churches all across the country including 9 people killed at a historic AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, 2 years ago.

Plummer says, they have people on guard at all their services but pray it's not needed.
"It seems like those who want to promote evil, it seems like they don’t want this to be a safe place."

He says, "Church is a place to present the opposite of the evil that takes place in the world and that’s what the gospel is, being saved from that evil. and saved from sin and the consequences of sin."

The Southeast Alabama Baptist Association is working to create a safety class.
They hope to have plans ready in the next few months.