The Rev. Bruce Edwards, 30, President Carter's former pastor, said here yesterday that he has had "a number" of jobs offers since being fired from the Plains Baptist Church and expects to announce his plans "within a few weeks."
He said he has made it clear to his supporters in the Plains congregation, which he estimated at 80 per cent of the active membership of the church that he would not lead them in the forming a break-away congregation, which some were considering.
He met with a group of his supporters on April 29, he said, and "encourage them to go back (to the Plains church) and reconcile their differences."
The young pastor was forced to resign by a closed-door congregational meeting on Feb. 20, following continuing controversy over a 10-year-old resolution barring blacks from membership in the church.
The resolution which Edwards held was "immoral," was rescinded by a Nov. 14 congregational meeting on Feb. 20, a resolution calling for his resignation was adopted with the support of substantial numbers of inactive members who had been alerted for the occasion.
Edwards, who was in Washington yesterday to preach at Christ Episcopal Church in Georgetown, made only a passing reference to his widely publicized firing during his sermon in the responsibility of Christians to follow God's directivs rather than their own.
He noted that he has been lauded, as a result of his antisegregation stand, as a champion of human rights.
"Nothing could be farther from the truth," he said. "I am a very strong believer in human rights and I am a great admirer of the late Dr. Martin Luther King . . .
"But we took our stand in Plains, my wife and I, in line with the scriptures, because we believed this is what God would have us to do," he continued.
"It is only because of our abiding conviction that this is what he would have us to do that we were able to weather the storm," he said.
The Baptist pastor who was enthusiastically received by the Episcopal congregation, said in conversation after the service that he has appeared as a guest preacher in some of the most prestigious Southern Baptist pulpits in the country since his widely publicized dismissal.
He declined to say which churches have offered him jobs.