For Bobby Broyles, pastoral care is nothing new – for his entire career, he has been in the ministry, most recently retiring after 14 years as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Ballinger.

For Bobby Broyles, pastoral care is nothing new – for his entire career, he has been in the ministry, most recently retiring after 14 years as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Ballinger.

Broyles has now taken on a new career path that somewhat parallels yet enhances his career as a minister – he is now the marketing director and volunteer coordinator for Ballinger Home Health, an organization for which he is very familiar.

He has been a chaplain at Ballinger Home Health for the past 10 years, so now his role has expanded and he is excited about that. He has been working with Ballinger Home Health since they began offering hospice care in 2007.

“It is truly a soft landing for me,” Broyles said. “I still get to care and love people and help them through difficulties.”

Broyles and his wife Karen, officially retired from First Baptist Church on March 5. Karen served as the music minister and is a teacher with Winters ISD. While at First Baptist in Ballinger, the Broyles were involved in a ministry that assisted the DOM Research Center, a ministry that assisted the Domari Gypsies in the Middle East. He was president of the Pastors for Texas Children, which encourages churches to support public funding to go to public schools.

Prior to coming to First Baptist in Ballinger in 2003, Broyles served as pastor at First Baptist in Earth for 12 years, and prior to that, he served as the student minister at Southwest Park Baptist Church in Abilene for 11 years and as the minister of music and youth at First Baptist Church in Bangs for two years.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood in 1978 and his Masters of Family Ministry from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene in 1988.

The Broyles received a festive send off on Sunday March 5, with about 150 members of the church attending.

“Karen and I think it has been 14 great years,” Broyles said. “We thoroughly enjoyed the ministry both locally and worldwide. It has been great to work alongside all of these folks.”

The parishioners and staff at First Baptist have expressed their gratitude for Broyles’ work.

“I worked with him for 11 years and he has been a joy to work with,” said Ministry Assistant Kay Cape. “He goes above and beyond and we will miss him. He left the church better than when he found it.”

Broyles is now working full time for Ballinger Home Health, which provides home health care to patients in Runnels, Tom Green, Concho, Coleman and Coke counties. The organization has 25 full and part time employees and is currently caring for about 115 patients.

And the motto, of the organization which began in 1985 and is now owned by David Cowart is “it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are,” could not be a better fit for Broyles as he embarks on his new role.

“These are the most dedicated and sincere people that you can work with,” Broyles said. “I am very blessed.”