Religion

God, love and ministry was a trinity embodied by the life of the Rev. Ralph White, the servant-oriented pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in South Memphis. Rev. White was officiating a funeral when he passed away Saturday. “So very sorry to hear. He was my friend and brother...
The Rev. Robert C. Jones Jr., senior pastor of Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 4523 Raleigh Lagrange Rd., will be honored by the congregation during Pastor and First Lady Anniversary Sunday on June 9. The theme will be “Appreciating the Faithful Servant” – One-Year Celebration of Dedicated Service...
“Now, let me get this straight. You are a successful attorney, making a good salary, and you are about to make partner, which will give you even more money,” Phoebe Roaf’s mother said. “But you want to leave all that, go to seminary for three years with no salary,...
Now that Joris Ray has been named Shelby County Schools superintendent, an alliance of ministers is ready to step up to help him help the children. Two groups of ministers – the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association and the Progressive Baptist Church Council of Memphis – endorsed Ray for the position,...
Saturday was a day of “firsts” and “new beginnings” for the Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital effort as the project’s board of directors honored 13 physicians and healthcare advocates in the first class of Collins Chapel Healthcare Legacy Awards. Hundreds of CME officials and community supporters filled Germantown’s Great Hall for...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-znPUZ622w Fannie Clark was well-known in Memphis and the Mid-South area for lending her gifted voice to the gospel group the Fannie Clark Singers and the Tennessee Mass Choir, and now her legacy continues through her son. Pastor Derek Clark of Rejoice in the Covenant Church, along with his wife Tara...
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The crowdfunding campaign to raise money for three African American churches gutted by arson in Louisiana began a week ago, but donations surged after flames engulfed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and the outcry provoked a conversation about the disparate reactions to...
The Lane College Memphis Alumni Chapter may be the most active alumni association connected to the Jackson, Tenn.-based college, says Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church Pastor Peris J. Lester I, a Lane College alum. “Each year at homecoming, we raise $100,000 to donate to Lane College. This includes fundraisers, individual...
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...
by Shambreon Richardson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender A mission trip to Haiti in January left lasting impressions and life-lessons that have affected my spiritual orbit for the better. I mentioned my journey during a meeting with my internship supervisor at The New Tri-State Defender. That led to this opportunity...