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by Michelle Wilson Bradley -- Vinvecca B. Gray will be officially installed as the senior pastor at Golden Leaf Church, 1439 N. Hollywood, on April 7 at 3 p.m. “I am still in awe (as to) what God has done,” said Gray. “I grew up in North Memphis and in this...
In 1996, Melvin D. Watkins Jr., who had enlisted in the Air Force two years earlier after graduating from Hamilton High School, returned from a duty station in Turkey to  attend the funeral of his grandmother. As the eulogy was being delivered, he found himself confronted with the unexpected. Watkins,...
Late last year, the Rev. Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson got a call from an officer at the National Civil Rights Museum asking him to chair the museum’s National MLK50 Clergy Executive Committee. After an illustrious ministerial career – including a long run at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church – he’d...
Rev. Bartholomew Orr
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell  Special to the New Tri-State Defender …And as I stand before you tonight, I must still say that the Church is the most segregated major institution in America, and we must face the shameful fact that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, when we stand to sing, “In Christ there...
The Memphis Inter-Denominational Fellowship, Inc. will honor women in the judicial system during its 2018 presentation of 12 Most Outstanding Women. The event is set April 14 at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 800 E. Parkway S. Award winning actress Karen Abercrombie, who stars in...
In times like these… The 50th Pastoral Anniversary for the Rev. Dr. Melvin Charles Smith, pastor of Mt. Moriah-East Baptist Church, was a bittersweet affair made so by the passing of first lady Billie Rutherford Smith. At the anniversary reception and gala on Friday (Dec. 1), Dr. Smith spoke...
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Well, here's something you don't see every day. To emphasize his message of Jesus' imminent return, Rev. Barthomew Orr, pastor of the popular Brown Baptist Church in Southaven, wanted to simulate for his congregation what it might be like to look up as Jesus returns. And so, there he was, hovering in...
by Aisling Maki The Rev. Derrick Joyce, senior pastor of Monument of Love Baptist Church, is the first African-American moderator of the Mid-South Baptist Association (MSBA), whose purpose is a network that connects diverse Baptists churches throughout the region. Joyce, a third-generation pastor with a passion for equality and education, has...
Gospel music lovers bountiful in number have nominated, endorsed and named their picks for the inaugural “Victory! Gospel Music Series.” Votes for the most named choirs and crowd-pleasing favorites have been tallied. And 10 of Memphis’ best will take the stage to fill the coffers of four worthy charities. “Victory!” –...
Kia Moore was the first woman licensed to preach at her home church, which was founded by slaves. In 2013, she became the youngest person to pray on the Tennessee House Floor as the guest clergy member. And, she was also the youngest person to lead National Day of Prayer...