Friday, November 26, 2021

Religion

The “Israelites” of Israelite Baptist Church recently elected and embraced the Rev. Robert Anthony Johnson as the church’s new senior pastor.  For months, the Israelite Church family grieved the loss of its founder and father, Pastor S. L. Harris. As 2020...
An age-old tradition was honored recently as a revered pastor was laid to rest – the unveiling of the mourning drapes, or the mourning drapery. In the African-American church, upon the death of the senior pastor, his or her chair...
One of the 20th-century’s most illustrious pastors represents a class of Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) leaders, who helped sustain the denomination during the turbulent African-American experience wrought by Jim Crow segregation. The Rev. R. T. Fouse served in a pivotal...
Churches of every denomination in cities all over the country are seeing a distressing decline of membership numbers.  An Orange Mound pastor said there is a solution to that challenge. “What we are seeing is the graying of the church,” said...
For more than five decades, the historic Monumental Baptist Church was synonymous with its larger-than-life, civil rights giant and the Memphis pastor who stood on the balcony as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was cut down by an assassin’s...
Everybody deserves a second chance, if you ask Bishop David Allen Hall of Temple Church of God in Christ.  And on June 19, ex-offenders will graduate from the training and behavior intensive Final Escape program Hall has spearheaded. On May 15,...
In a former life, Pastor Walter Womack of Faithful Baptist Church was the “right-hand man” to the late Rev. Dwight Montgomery, the outspoken, long-time president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Memphis Chapter.  Today, as the organization’s leader, Womack...
Three years ago in March, Pastor Darell Harrington took the mantle of leadership at New Sardis Baptist Church from his mentor and “spiritual” father, Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. All was well as Harrington’s second anniversary approached in March...
Long-time pastor of St. Mark Baptist Church-Lauderdale, the Rev. J.C. Bachus, died surrounded by loved ones and close friends on Tuesday morning. He was 81. Johnny Clarence Bachus was born in Hernando, Mississippi on Dec. 16, 1939 to Eddie and...
The Rev. ELaura James Reid's path to ministry is a winding road that she now travels as pastor of Coleman Chapel C.M.E. Church. Reid was not only the valedictorian of Manassas High School in 1994, she reigned her senior year...