Religion

The distinction and pageantry of the national memorial service for COGIC Evangelist Louise Dowdy Patterson was reminiscent of that afforded her late husband, Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson. With Downtown Memphis draping Temple of Deliverance Church of God and Christ...
Grants totaling $548,000 recently were awarded to historic Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the first African-American congregation established in Memphis. The money came from the African American Civil Rights Grant Program Historic Preservation Fund. “I became Collins Chapel pastor four...
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For Bishop David A. Hall Sr., Monday (Nov. 7) was the day of his dreams. “It was a completely humbling experience,” said Hall. “From my election to the (Church of God in Christ) General Board in March of last year,...
After a two-year wait, the Dr. Noel G. L. Hutchinson Jr. has been installed as pastor of Kingdom Fellowship Baptist Church in Frayser. Dr. Hutchinson’s installation was originally scheduled for March 2020, but in-person worship shut down across the country...
There is great cause for early celebration as Bishop Brandon Porter, Greater Community Temple, and the International Church of God in Christ, prepare for the largest “Christmas in November” event ever sponsored. After convening in St. Louis for the past...
The 1500 block of South Cooper St. looked like a block party as old church members and families, who had long moved away, recently came back to honor the late Pastor W.H. Bass. “Coach Roosevelt Hancock (former head football coach...
The Memphis District Laymen, which is composed of 72 Baptist churches in the City of Memphis, has joined with University of Memphis Tigers Men’s Basketball Coach Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway to host the official golf tournament of the Southern Heritage...
Closed for two-plus years out of concern about the pandemic, Old Nonconnah Missionary Baptist Church recently resumed in-person services, celebrating its 152nd anniversary. The congregation’s return to their worship home on Aug. 21 was a jubilant and memorable experience, one...
Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas Sr. comes to Memphis and the CME Church’s First Episcopal District at a pivotal time in politics and in history. “I have come here knowing who Memphis is and what Memphis means,” said Thomas. “I come...