Rescuers search for missing West Tennessee Pastor - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Rescuers search for missing West Tennessee Pastor

COVINTGON, TN (WMC-TV) - Friends of Dr. Mickey Carpenter say he is more than a pastor; he is also a friend to many in West Tennessee. 

Family and friends hoped for the best as rescue workers continued their search Thursday on Bush Lake in Leach, looking for any sign of popular Methodist minister. 
Bishop Richard Wills Jr. of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church said, "Everyone loved Dr Carpenter - he was a wonderful district superintendent - he took such good care of pastors and churches."

Carpenter was reported missing Friday. Rescuers found his boat capsized on privately owned Bush lake. His truck was found in a nearby parking lot.  Officials believe Carpenter was fishing on the lake. 

Carpenter served as pastor of churches in Covington and Huntington before becoming District Superintendent in Dyersburg and then Paris, where he currently serves. 

Covington resident Wanda Lakey said considers Carpenter a people's pastor.

"Everyone in the community knew him and respected him because he was out and about - everyone knew who Mickey Carpenter was - he made an impact on Covington and the surrounding areas," Lakey said.

Others like Keith Phelps still hold out hope that Carpenter will be found safe.

"Very concerned about him being missing and at the same time still holding out hope that perhaps there has been no recovery of his body that perhaps there's still a possibility that he's still alive," Phelps said.

According to the official website of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, the search for Dr. Carpenter will continue until he is found.

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