After 22 years, Bostick leaving GSM

Derrick Stuckly / Brownwood Bulletin
GSM Executive Director Angelia Bostick speaks with members of the media Thursday after announcing she would leave the organization at the end of April.

Angelia Bostick, executive director of Good Samaritan Ministries for 22 years, announced Thursday her decision to move on from the organization at the end for April to pursue new opportunities.

“It's been very difficult. I love it, I love the people and I love the work,” Bostick said of her decision. “It's been the greatest adventure of my life. That God would choose me to be in this place and touch the people I have a heart for is incredibly humbling. I just believe in my heart now is the time to move on to something different. I believe the Lord is calling me to a new adventure.”

Bostick stated she'd been wrestling with the decision for a couple of years, and informed the GSM Board of Directors of her intentions at the beginning of the calendar year.

“I've been fighting God for a couple of years on it because I don't want to go, but He doesn't seem to be changing His mind so I'm going to be the one that does,” Bostick said. “The board has known since January but I asked them to keep it quiet because I didn't want the conversation to be off the Empty Bowls Project.”

GSM's Empty Bowls Project, held on March 24, raised more than $27,000 — an increase of $11,000 from the previous year. Ninety percent of funds raised support GSM's Food Pantry, Food for Thought, Homebound Program, Homeless Food Boxes, The Deer Project, and The Pig Project programs.

Heather Thomas, human resources and financial administrator, will take over Bostick's role on an interim basis.

“It's very humbling and very overwhelming,” Thomas said. “No one will ever replace Angelia, it'll be just be the next person that comes along. She has such a heart for the ministry. She's grown up with this, it's her adult child. She's been such a wonderful mentor spiritually and is a great example for what a non-profit can become and can do and how you can love your community.”

The Search Committee and Personnel Committee of the GSM Board have been working on finalizing a job description and should be ready to begin taking applications by the end of April.

“We cannot replace Angelia,” GSM Board President Ed Cosgrove said. “We can only continue building on the groundwork that has already been laid through someone else who has a heart and a passion for this ministry and the people served by it.”

Bostick arrived in Brown County in 1959 and later attended Howard Payne University and Southwestern Seminary.

“When I was 17 I gave my life to the Lord for full-time Christian service and I don't feel there's a reason for that to change,” Bostick said. “I don't know what I'm going to do, but I know there will be something I'll be able to do and I want to be able to continue to help people. If I knew where I was going and had all the answers, where would the fun be in that?”

Bostick's history with GSM began two years before the organization came into existence. In the fall of 1991, she volunteered to serve on the Christian Social Ministry Task Force of the Brown Baptist Association after returning from a mission trip to Brazil.

In 1992, the Task Force was charged with developing a formalized Christian social ministry of helping — a one-stop-shop super-center service for Brown County. The goal was to create a centralized location where churches would pool their benevolence and charity resources to do the most good. This would include money, volunteers and a commitment to support the work with prayer and budgeted giving.

A board of directors was formed in 1993 to oversee a new ministry to be called Heart of Texas Good Samaritan Ministries, and in September of that year Bostick was asked to serve as director to get the ministry off the ground — and she remained for more than two decades.

Heart of Texas Good Samaritan Ministries began operations in October 1993 at Sunset Mission, a mission of First Baptist Church. The ministry operated a food pantry which was housed in two Sunday school classrooms and a clothing ministry housed in a World War II barracks building.

“There's nothing special about me,” Bostick said. “I'm an ordinary person that serves an extraordinary God. I just allow myself to be available and let God use me.

“God continues to work in this ministry and He has since we've opened the doors. God has blessed us to do His work and we've never lost vision of what we've been called to do which is proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and in deed to all the people of Brown County.”

There will be a come and go reception for Bostick from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at GSM, 305 Clark Street. The community is invited to stop by and share positive thoughts, prayers and well wishes to Bostick at that time and any time throughout the month.