ATLANTA — After a week centered around naming his replacement, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) was in the spotlight once again on Sunday morning.

He was able to speak at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta during the 11 a.m. service. Isakson is a fixture in Georgia politics and is no stranger to Ebenezer.

"He’s here every year for Martin Luther King celebration without fail," said. Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church. "And he stays for the whole four-hour service. He deserves a hand just for that."

Isakson announced in September that he would retire at the end of the year, due to health concerns. 

"I called Raphael and asked can I come," Isakson said. "He said, 'we’ll you’re leaving.' I said, 'no, I’m not leaving I’m just retiring….there’s a difference.’"

He thanked the congregation and said he would continue to do work.

"Whether I’m in elected office or not, I’m going to everything I can to see to it to end violence in our schools," he added. "End violence in our shopping centers, in our Walmarts, churches and everything else."

Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Kelly Loeffler last week to fill Isakson's soon-to-be vacated seat. 

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