Houston-area businessman Larry Donnell Leonard II having monumental impact as CEO of first black-owned all natural alkaline bottled water company

 

MAKING HISTORYAside from spreading the Gospel to the masses, Larry Donnell Leonard II, a Houston-based Pastor and the First Presiding Bishop at New Covenant Churches International, Incorporated, deems it necessary to enlighten those to whom he routinely ministers on the significance of possessing and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Leonard II is owner and CEO of Teshuater, which is believed to be the first black-owned all natural alkaline water company.

Larry Donnell Leonard II is widely known across the country as a pretty efficient, resourceful, compassionate man of the cloth, one who routinely preaches the importance of what it means to live a prosperous, victorious life.

Aside from spreading the Gospel to the masses, Leonard, a Houston-based Pastor and the First Presiding Bishop at New Covenant Churches International, Incorporated (where his father is the Presiding Bishop) also deems it necessary to enlighten those to whom he routinely ministers on the significance of possessing and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

NATIONAL IMPACT A business that garnered respect and begin to generate headlines, particularly when Leonard partnered with fellow colleague Elder Patrick Sanders II and the Rising Star Church to bring fresh all natural alkaline water to the citizens of Flint, Michigan, Leonard said his business would not have emerged as the continuous success it is if not for the solid, unyielding support of his wife, Shuwana Leonard, to whom he’s been married for 19 years, as well as his sister, LaShanna Leonard, the owner of Houston’s Body Fierce Health And Wellness.

“What I love the most is that I’m able to bring awareness to our clients’ health without breaking their bank,” Leonard told Making Headline News this week.

The awareness to which Leonard is alluding is through his progressive thriving business as owner and chief executive officer of Teshuater, which is believed to be the first black-owned all natural alkaline water company.

Having partnered with his wife to establish his business in 2008, Leonard’s Teshuater has quickly evolved as one of the familiar names, of sorts, or as he explained, “one of  the competitors” of the water industry, although he and his staff have kept what they describe as a vested interest in the spring (water).

“Years later, our interest in the water industry was sparked once again after a conversation with a friend who was recovering from an illness,” Leonard explained during a review last week on his company’s Go Fund Me page. “The friend advised about the importance of her new diet which included monitoring her water intake.”

TREND SETTER — People in various establishments around the country have thoroughly embraced Leonard’s business, , most notably in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit and, as Leonard II acknowledge, the Dallas/Fort Worth area market.

As it turned out, one favorable thing led to another for a business venture that is starting to take its rightful place in this ever-so-competitive bottled water industry.

“We have been able to get in front of a lot of important people since we have decided to bring this public,” Leonard said.

People in various establishments around the country, most notably in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit and, as Leonard acknowledge, throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area market in the foreseeable future.

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A business that has appropriately garnered respect, thus generate headlines, particularly when Leonard II partnered with fellow colleague Elder Patrick Sanders II and the Rising Star Church to bring fresh all natural alkaline water to the citizens of Flint, Michigan, Leonard said his business would not have emerged as the continuous success it is if not for the solid, unyielding support of his wife, Shuwana Leonard, to whom he’s been married for 19 years, as well as his sister, LaShanna Leonard, the owner of Houston’s Body Fierce Health And Wellness.

A progressive, flourishing business that is still in the process of fielding a variety of upgrades and added entities, Teshuater is scheduled to officially launch its operation in early April, Leonard said.

Given the immense strides Leonard and Co. have made in promoting their products over the past few months, it’s safe to assume that this business’ best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“What has helped me really is my wife being in my corner and helping bring out this vision that I have had inside me,” Leonard, a Grambling State University alum, explained. “Without her, I wouldn’t be the successful business man I am today.”

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And then there are the attention-grabbing, tear-jerking testimonies about which Leonard have witnessed and heard.

“A friend of mine who was rehabbing from a stroke — only 40 years of age — told me that she had to watch her water intake,” Leonard recalled.  “That alone raised a flag and prompted me to look into the spring that my wife and I invested in 2008.  The information we gathered was mind blowing.”

It was, by all accounts, because of that memorable occurrence, coupled with his wife’s tireless support that essentially inspired Leonard to seek and consult God for divine direction, particularly as it pertained to helping others reconnect with living a healthy lifestyle.

And not just in the spirit realm.

“I’ve always stated this for the last 18 years of being self-employed: The graveyard and cemetery are the richest places on this planet,” said Leonard, adding that he will be in New Orleans for the annual New Orleans Entrepreneurial Week March 20-24.

FOLLOWING GOD’S LEAD —  It was, by all accounts, because of that memorable occurrence, coupled with his wife’s tireless support that essentially inspired Leonard to seek and consult God for direction, particularly as it pertained to helping others reconnect with living a healthy lifestyle. And not just in the spirit realm.

“The reason is because so many hopes and dreams have died along with the people who either died too prematurely or with those that were too afraid to see what it would actually look like.  I strive every day to pull that diamond out of each and every young man and young woman that I speak in front of. It is that very thing that keeps me pushing to educate our young entrepreneurs.”

 

For more information on how purchase Larry Donnell Leonard II’s all natural alkaline water, send email to: sales@teshuater.info.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

Toronto, Ontario-based author Efia Leatham enlightening and changing a generation through her inspiring book

 

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? Toronto, Ontario-based author Efia Leatham’s The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

Just after sunrise Saturday morning, as always, Efia Leatham took to her Facebook page and offered some life-enhancing, thought-provoking, spiritually gut-checking words of encouragement.

In addressing the masses, Leatham wrote: “Good morning! Today as you go forward in victory, it is time to open your ears and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying. It is one thing to hear what is being said, but it is another thing to listen. God wants you to actively tune your ears to His frequency and turn off the sounds of the world around you. It is in hearing that you shall live….”

BETTA GET IT — A 376-page book that was officially released on May 26, 2016, The Daily Word, according to a description at Amazon.com, is widely viewed as a tool and resource, of sorts, to encourage, inspire, and share real love as Leatham’s reading audience seek answers to address thoughts pertaining to being loved, all while recognizing and connecting with their purpose.

Ironically and to her distinct and immeasurable credit, that she routinely shifts her ears to God’s Voice and deems it essential daily to seek Him for direction and purpose are amongst the reasons Leatham is savoring yet another monumental milestone, all while simultaneously living the abundant life Christ came to give us.

BEACON OF LIGHT — The Daily Word, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

“The vision was given last year January, but it had been in the works brewing for four years,” Leatham told Making Headline News this week.

The vision to which Leatham, a Toronto, Ontario native, is alluding is her much-anticipated, awe-inspiring book entitled, The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds.

ALL IN GOD’S TIMING — In further detailing the purpose and mission for her book, Leatham emphasized that her desire to finally assemble it was simple: because God said it was time.

A 376-page book that was officially released on May 26, 2016, The Daily Word, according to an eloquent description at Amazon.com, is widely viewed as a tool and resource, of sorts, to encourage, inspire, and share real love as Leatham’s reading audience strategically seek answers to address thoughts pertaining to being loved, all while recognizing and connecting with their purpose.

BUY EFIA’S BOOK NOW: https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Word-Frame-Victory-Seconds/dp/0995186804.

WALKING IN VICTORYBy and large, people who routinely seek, pray to and cry out to God must first know what it means to walk in victory and, most importantly, do it with the right motives, something by which Leatham’s book teaches. In a nutshell, the time has come that we grasp that vital notion that victory begins in the mind.

In essence, The Daily Word is a spiritually-empowered beacon of light in a variety of aspects in that it greatly helps readers observe life through God’s lenses of love so that they, in turn, can command — and possess — their daily victories.

Wait, people of God.

There’s more to this tear-jerking, captivating book that figures to not only lift up Christ but, most of all, inspire people to draw closer to Him.

The Daily Word, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

ARMED WITH WEALTH OF GODLY BEAUTY — Ironically and to her distinct and immeasurable credit, that she routinely shifts her ears to God’s frequency and deems it essential daily to seek Him for direction and purpose are amongst the reasons Leatham is savoring yet another monumental milestone while simultaneously living the abundant life Christ came to give us.

“It’s important how you start your day and with what thoughts you leave your house with,” Leatham wrote in her Amazon description of her book. “Your thoughts will determine your attitude and your attitude will determine how you walk out your day. With rightly positioning your thoughts, you will be able to have good days, everyday regardless of what comes at you, because you are focused and destined to win in all things.”

In further detailing the purpose and mission for her book, Leatham emphasized that her desire to finally assemble it was simple: because God said it was time that her voice be heard not just north of the border, but around the world — so that men would see her good works and glorify Him, if you will.

Now, in less than one year since its much-anticipated inception, Leatham — all because she steadfastly obeyed the voice of God — is enlightening and reminding the universe on the importance of winning everyday regardless of their present situation and circumstances.

“It all starts in the mind, and with the right mindset, you can achieve victory,” said Leatham, whose desire to compose her book was fueled after attending her Uncle Cliff’s funeral in September of 2012 . “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. In this particular time and season of life, with people looking for answers and seeking truth, The Daily Word provides the reader clear and articulate positive reinforcement, helping one to better frame their thoughts in a constructive way that will remind them of God and how He can give them strength to make the best of each and every day.”

By and large, people who routinely seek, pray to and cry out to God must first know what it means to walk in victory and, most importantly, do it with the right motives, something by which Leatham’s book teaches.

In a nutshell, the time has come that we grasp the life-changing, wholesome, vital notion that victory begins in the mind.

“The book provides real tips through challenging the thinking and that one can use right now to start walking in a victorious mindset,” Leatham, who currently resides in Toronto, said. “Experiencing God’s love for you as you get your day started or whenever you read it is where it all begins, and I want everyone to experience God’s love in its fullness.”

REMEMBERING CLIFF — Leatham’s esire to compose her book was fueled after attending her Uncle Cliff’s funeral in September of 2012.

Just as she had earnestly desired in a Facebook post shortly after sunrise Saturday.

“It started as text messages and Facebook posts for friends and family and from there was sent around the world by the recipients of the message,” said Leatham, explaining other factors that led to her producing her book. “And not a day has ever been missed since then. After spending time in prayer and fellowship each morning with the Lord, He gives me a word to share with His people.

“I know this is all Him, because if it was me, I would have been tapped out of things to say to build, strengthen and encourage others probably after 30-to-60 days,” Leatham continued. “But I am now about to hit five years this year. God is ever so good.”

All the time.

And all the time, God is ever so good.

 

For more information about Efia Leatham’s, The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds, follow Efia on Facebook under Efia Leatham. Also, send email to: ejleatham@gmail.com

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Cincinnati-based businesswoman Cynthia McCalister’s Quality SAP Inc. is having a national information technology impact

For Cynthia McCalister, her entrepreneurial mindset spans back more than 30 years.

All things considered, she has her parents to thank.

Take, for instance, how back in August 1981, when the Professional Air Traffic Controllers implemented a strike that was ultimately declared illegal and was broken by the Reagan Administration.

By and large, such a well-publicize work stoppage gave way to the entrepreneurial concept for McCalister’s father, the late Thomas Johnson.

GLOBAL IMPACT — Amongst the notable neighborhood gems Cincinnati businesswoman Cynthia McCalister has serviced include: Bonita’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Pies, East of Chicago Pizza, NT Nails, Crown Jewel Designs, Made With Love Cakes and Catering Services, Prayer In Action Events by L’BAE, and Full Throttle Indoor Karting, just to name a few.

“It was the influence of my parents, Thomas and Madlyn Johnson, that gave me the drive to be an entrepreneur,” McCalister, who resides in Cincinnati, told Making Headline News this week. “After the Air Traffic Controllers Strike in the 80’s, my father set out on a path to become a small business owner.”

McCalister’s father eventually made good on his business-related pledge and by starting what had become Regal Carpet Cleaning.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Having witnessed her father evolve mightily as a business owner, coupled with her mother having become a fixture as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, not to mention a counselor for the AIDS Foundation of Dayton, Ohio and later a minister, McCalister sensed that one day she would absorb and take heed to their influential, immeasurable impact.

ON THE MOVE — Quality SAP, by all accounts, is widely known as a progressive and forward thinking IT company that specializes in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms. With the launch of the Key Spot mobile application platform, it is an ideal tool for business and consumers to find and post deals, discounts, and events all in one Key Spot. Now you can find discounts and deals wherever you go.

According to the business’ overview on its The Key Spot App Facebook page, “Quality SAP” stands for Quality, Service, And Products.

Quality SAP, by all accounts, is widely known as a progressive and forward thinking IT company that specializing in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms.

Most importantly and ideally for consumers, McCalister’s business highlights and provides affordable rates specifically for local and small businesses. With the launch of the Key Spot mobile application platform, it is an ideal tool for business and consumers to find and post deals, discounts, and events all in one Key Spot. Now you can find discounts and deals wherever you go.

On Wednesday April 12, from 6-9 p.m. EST, in Cincinnati, there will be a Key Spot sponsored Small Business Networking Event hosted by Key Spot’s Business Partner, Full Throttle Indoor Karting.  During the event, business owners will have the opportunity to network, build relationships, showcase their services and products, and get tools to help acquire and enjoy business growth.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE EVENT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-networking-event-sponsored-by-key-spot-tickets-32464590464.

In addition, there will be a Small Business Go Karting Challenge to see which business “comes out on top,” McCalister said.

“I get the most enjoyment working with small business owners by being a champion for them and supporting their growth,” McCalister, an Ohio native, said. “When I say I want to help you reach your goals, I mean it. I work to help spread the word about the hidden gems by leveraging technology of the Key Spot app, creating networking connections, and social media.”

Wait. There’s more pertinent information about which McCalister deemed it essential to share.

“When we are able to connect businesses to each other, such as an event coordinator looking for vendors, or a restaurant owner looking for desert makers, it provides opportunities for both sides to benefit,” McCalister explained. “In addition, being a patron provides the best firsthand account of products and services.”

LOGGING ON IS THE KEY:  www.keyspotapp.com.

Amongst the notable neighborhood gems McCalister has serviced include: Bonita’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Pies, East of Chicago Pizza, NT Nails, Crown Jewel Designs, Made With Love Cakes and Catering Services, Prayer In Action Events by L’BAE, and Full Throttle Indoor Karting, just to name a few.

“For businesses, the Key Spot app is like having a custom mobile advertising app at a fraction of the cost,” she said.

Interesting enough, not only is The Key Spot app available for businesses, but such a tool is suitable for all users, most notably to be used by customers for finding and posting deals, discounts, events within the community, along with self-managing and sharing educational events, church activities, concerts, garage sales, as well as other local happenings.

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Having been actively involved in the information technology industry for more than 20 years, McCalister holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management, as well as a number of Professional Certificates.

DOWNLOAD THE KEY SPOT APP: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1046238494.

THE LEGACY LIVES ONHaving witnessed her father evolve mightily as a business owner, coupled with her mother having become a fixture as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, a counselor for the AIDS Foundation of Dayton, Ohio, and later a minister, McCalister sensed that one day she would absorb and take heed to their influential impact.

Since Quality SAP‘s inception, there are currently Key Spot business partners in 15 states, including Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New York, Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, and California.

“We are continuing to spread across the country,” McCalister said.

All things considered, she has her parents to thank.

“As a family, we helped and supported (my father’s) journey,” McCalister said. “I saw firsthand the hard work he put into growing his business. In my mother, I saw God’s love demonstrated by her work in the community. Though they are no longer with us, their legacy lives on through me.”

LET’S NETWORK, Y’ALL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeySpotBusinessPartners/.

A legacy that, because she thought it necessary long ago to heed her parents’ advice and life’s lessons, has greatly given way to Quality SAP now having a global presence.

“I would not have achieved so much if it was not for my faith in God, the support of my family, friends, and business team for believing in me and my dream,” McCalister said. “With the love of my husband and children, it has given me the motivation to continue to strive for the highest heights. I want to make my family proud and be a positive role model, demonstrating anything is possible to achieve with God, a dream, and hard work.”

That’s the key.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Carolina Pastor James Perry, Jr. winning souls both on and off the court as a thriving AAU basketball coach

 

LOVE AND BASKETBALL…AND THE BIBLEA former Abbeville (Alabama) High School and Lander University basketball standout, James Perry, Jr. is widely known as the Founder and Senior Pastor at Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
Interesting enough, when the 44-year-old minister isn’t decked out in his spiffy, flowing robe and giving sermons within the four walls of his church that is housed at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville, chances are he’s somewhere nearby on EWC’s campus, teaching all things basketball fundamentals and mechanics as the head coach of the South Carolina Raptors seventh grade AAU squad.

Because of his deep admiration for spreading the Gospel and coaching basketball, it’s safe to assume that James Perry, Jr. is savoring the best of both worlds.

“Well, I love basketball for one,” said Perry, Jr. told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I love mentoring the youth and I love pastoring. Having a gym at my church makes it so much. I mean, it’s hard work, but it’s community service.”

To his distinct credit, Perry, Jr. is strategically impacting lives both from the pulpit and on the hardwood.

HOOPS ON HOLY GROUNDMore than anything else, it seems, coaching the sport he loves essentially serves as a spiritual GPS system, of sorts, particularly as it relates to helping youngster find their way to Christ, all while simultaneously learning good sportsmanship and upgrading their skills and fundamentals.

A former Abbeville (Alabama) High School and Lander University basketball standout, Perry, Jr. is widely known as the Founder and Senior Pastor at Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

Interesting enough, when the 44-year-old minister isn’t decked out in his spiffy, flowing robe and giving sermons within the four walls of his church that is housed at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville, chances are he’s somewhere nearby on EWC’s campus, teaching all things basketball fundamentals and mechanics as an assistant coach of the South Carolina Raptors seventh grade AAU squad.

Even upon finally accepting his calling to preach the Gospel come 18-plus year ago, the 6-foot-4 preacher was still very much active in competitive hoops.
How else to explain why today, approximately two years removed from his congregation having moved to its present location, Perry, Jr. still acknowledges how blessed and grateful he is to have a gymnasium adjacent to his sanctuary?

For Perry, Jr., while preaching isn’t something about which he was passionate even as a young preacher’s kid — or PK — he admittedly has always held a basketball close to his heart, considering the sport served as an outlet, of sorts, particularly with regards to him bolting home for college.

Even upon finally accepting his calling to preach the Gospel some 18-plus year ago, this 6-foot-4 giant of a preacher was still very much active in competitive hoops.

How else to explain why today, approximately two years removed from his congregation having moved to its present location, Perry, Jr. still acknowledges how blessed and grateful he is to have a gymnasium a few dribbles away from his sanctuary?

MORE THAN CONQUERORSIn many cases, Perry, Jr. said, coaching basketball is synonymous to preaching to the masses in that he’s often faced with the sometimes brutal tasks of taking the good with the bad encounters and vice versa.
“Basketball can be challenging and there are good and bad days,” Perry, Jr. explained. “You apply this to life, because no matter how hard it gets, you never quit and you keep pushing.

Talk about savoring the best of both worlds.

“I am passionate about basketball because I love it and it gives me the opportunity to teach and build relationships with young men,” Perry, Jr., who’s coached five years at the high school ranks, said. “It gives me the chance to be a counselor, a motivator and mentor while being a coach.”

More than anything else, it seems, coaching the sport he loves essentially serves as a spiritual GPS system, of sorts, particularly as it relates to helping youngsters find their way to Christ, all while simultaneously learning good sportsmanship and upgrading their skills and fundamentals.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/

In many cases, Perry, Jr. said, coaching basketball is synonymous to preaching to the masses in that he’s often faced with the sometimes brutal tasks of taking the good with the bad encounters and vice versa.

“Basketball can be challenging and there are good and bad days,” Perry, Jr. explained. “You apply this to life, because no matter how hard it gets, you never quit and you keep pushing. Many times, the kids get down on themselves, and this gives me the opportunity to lift them up. Life is the same way, but it will present roadblocks and challenges and they must know they have to keep pushing through.”

SLAM DUNKING FOR JESUS — For Perry, Jr., while preaching isn’t something about which he was passionate even as a young preacher’s kid — or PK — he admittedly has always held a basketball close to his heart, considering the sport served as an outlet, of sorts, particularly with regards to him bolting home for college.

Much like Perry, Jr., a Charlotte, North Carolina native, had found himself doing while growing up in a rather strict, Christian-oriented environment in which attending church had seemingly become as customary as, say, going to school.

Regardless, it is because of his father’s tough love and unyielding Godly wisdom, coupled with his strict parental commands that have greatly empowered Perry, Jr. to help empower youth athletes on the importance of staying empowered through Biblical principles and basketball — all on the campus of the Empowerment Worship Center.

How empowering.

“The sky is the limit because we teach our kids the game and life,” said Perry, Jr. whose Raptors have competed in such places as Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. “We push the student athlete and enforce accountability.”

All while savoring the best of both worlds.

Which, in Perry, Jr.’s case, is just the way God intended it to be all along.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

South Carolina-based Pastor Yolanda Townsend named Making Headline News 2017 International Women’s Day Woman of the Year

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

 

All along, over the past year or so, while situations and circumstances seemed bleak and she seemed on shaky ground, one the of things about which Yolanda Townsend was thoroughly convinced was that nothing really strange was taking place.

All things considered, she sensed all along that it was all of a part of God’s strategic plan, His plan to exalt and elevate and promote her unlike never before.

His plan to give her hope and a future. His plan to give her an expected end.

UNSHAKABLE FAITH — Because of unyielding, bend-but-don’t-break, coupled with her tireless desire to push and persevere and maximize her potential, Pastor Yolanda Townsend’s well-publicized contributions to the Body of Christ — particularly in the wake of adversity — have gone virtually unnoticed. For her resilient efforts, the Anderson, South Carolina native was named Making Headline News’ International Women’s Day Woman of the Year for 2017.

“This past year had its numerous challenges, but also the Lord’s favor,” Townsend said during an emotional, tear-jerking interview-turned-testimony Wednesday morning. “Even though I still have the pain from the car accident in May and the vivid memory of the house fire in September, I have life. Only the joy of the Lord can cause me to rejoice in tragedy and use it for triumph. It reminds me that we are overcomers through His grace.”

Because of her unyielding, bend-but-don’t-break faith, coupled with her tireless desire to press and navigate and maximize her potential, Townsend’s well-publicized contributions to the Body of Christ — particularly in the wake of her adversity — have gone virtually unnoticed.

For her resilient, immeasurable efforts, the Anderson, South Carolina native was named Making Headline NewsInternational Women’s Day Woman of the Year for 2017.

Originally called the International Working Women’s Day, this day is celebrated annually on March 8 and customarily commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

According to www.internationalwomensday.com, organizations and individuals around the world have collectively become committed to helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, as well as call for gender-balanced leadership and value women and men’s contributions equally.

In addition, this day was designed in part to create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness-raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day and beyond, according to a spokesperson for IWD.

The second year for an honor that was spearheaded by longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Making Headline News’ Founder and Publisher, Townsend was surprised after learning she had been named Woman of the Year.

“My reaction upon learning that I was selected for such a prestigious nomination left me speechless and in tears,” Townsend said. “I am a sister who encourages others in the faith. I believe in lifting my sisters and brothers up in spirit and in prayer.”

The Assistant Pastor for Empowerment Worship Center Church in Greenville, South Carolina, Townsend is widely known for having founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries in April 2010, a progressive kingdom-based organization that prides itself on the featured slogan, “The women are ministering in bondage and need to be reminded that HE is a healer of all pain!”

FOLLOW PASTOR YOLANDA: http://www.divas4christministries.org/.

The purpose for Townsend’s DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries is — but isn’t limited to — breaking the chains of generational bondage from families that have endured abuse, whether emotionally, physically, mentally, or verbally.

“Our purpose is to instill in our sisters of today the true meaning behind the scripture: ‘Fearfully and wonderfully made,’” Townsend said in referencing her ministry’s purpose.

PRAYING WITHOUT CEASING — The Assistant Pastor for Empowerment Worship Center Church in Greenville, South Carolina, Townsend is widely known for having founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries in April 2010, a progressive organization which prides itself on the featured slogan, “The women are ministering in bondage and need to be reminded that HE is a healer of all pain!”

Despite the assortment of unfavorable circumstances that had arose in her life as well as that of her family within the past year, amongst the things about which Townsend deems mostly gratifying is how she had gone about clinging to unwavering faith with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“Sometimes your work appears to go unnoticed, but God has His way of encouraging you just when you need it most,” Townsend said. I am humbly grateful and honored to receive such recognition. I cannot take any credit. I will say to God be all the glory for the things He has done.

“The Lord reminded me that we are to use every situation for the good. I am an overcomer by choosing to stand as a living example of what God can do…meaning He can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it to work for my good. He can turn your sadness into joy. He can turn your mourning into laughter.”

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Former Memphis Overton High football player Christopher Patterson savoring brand new start with GSFL’s Mississippi Brawlers

 

FINISHING THE FIGHT — Former Memphis Overton High football standout Christopher Patterson, who was recruited by a host of colleges during his prep tenure, was convinced that all wasn’t lost despite having blown out his knee last year.
Months after an injury that sidelined him for approximately eight months, Patterson suddenly fielded a phone call, one that ultimately gave way to a renewed sense of enthusiasm for a youth athlete who was convinced that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him. Patterson currently plays minor league ball for the Mississippi Brawler of the GSFL.

As far as life goes, it is not what happens to us that defines us.

Rather, it is how we respond in the wake of what happens to us that greatly defines — and redefines — us, especially adversity.

Surely, Christopher Patterson, Jr. can attest mightily to this notion.

Take, for instance, how the 19-year-old Patterson, a former Memphis Overton High football standout, responded after sustaining a devastating ACL tear a little more than a year ago while attending a camp nearby at Itawamba Mississippi Community College.

STARTING OVER — The Mississippi Brawler is a Mid-South-based minor league football nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Gulf States Football League (or GSFL).
According to its Facebook page, GSFL was designed to measure the play and football mechanics of men ranging in various ages, particularly those who boast a strong passion and love for the sport. In addition, the GSFL is comprised largely of athletes and teams in areas such as Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, team that routinely engage in competitive play in what is deemed an “accredited active league,” according to a spokesperson for the organization.

As far as Patterson was concerned, there was a silver-lining, of sorts, amid an injury that customarily sideline athletes for a lengthy period of time.

“During the eight-month recovering period, my love for the game grew stronger,” Patterson told Making Headline News this week.

That’s because Patterson, who was recruited by a host of colleges during his notable prep tenure, was convinced that all wasn’t lost despite having blown out his knee.

HE’S BAAAACK — Patterson said such a monumental opportunity would not have surfaced if not for the continuous support of his mother, Kimberly Patterson, his girlfriend, Destiney Harris, and his younger brother, Jamaa’l Patterson.
And then, of course, the quality of athlete with whom he plays is benefiting him in various aspects.

Months later, he suddenly fielded a phone call, one that ultimately gave way to a renewed sense of enthusiasm for a young athlete who was convinced that his best and brightest days are still well ahead of him.

“One day after a workout, I received a call from my cousin who referred me to Jamerson Jones,” Patterson explained.

Jamerson, as Patterson found discovered during that phone call, is the owner of the Mississippi Brawlers, a Mid-South-based minor league football nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Gulf States Football League (or GSFL).

According to its Facebook page, GSFL was designed to measure the play and football mechanics of men ranging in various ages, particularly those who boast a strong passion and love for the sport.

In addition, the GSFL is comprised largely of athletes and teams in areas such as Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, teams that routinely engage in competitive play in what is deemed an “accredited active league,” according to a spokesperson for the organization.

As Patterson explained, it was Jones who aided him mightily with regards to providing him with the golden opportunity to resume his playing career.

“He told me about the organization and I went to the tryouts and made the team,” Patterson said.

MOTHERLY LOVE — All things considered, Kimberly Patterson is grateful of the opportunity for which her son has been afforded, one that could very well give way to greater opportunities for him to perhaps put his skills on display on a larger athletic platform.
“C. J. has been playing competitive football for seven years,” Kimberly Patterson said. “The Mississippi Brawlers will help him get to the next level. I believe in my son wholeheartedly and his work ethic and love for football show he has no limitations because he’s always going the extra mile.”

From there, one favorable thing led to another for a young athlete who contends he’s got so much more to prove.

According to Patterson, such a monumental opportunity would not have surfaced if not for the continuous support of his mother, Kimberly Patterson, his girlfriend, Destiney Harris, and his younger brother, Jamaa’l Patterson.

And then, of course, the quality of athletes with whom he plays is benefiting him in various aspects, he acknowledged.

“This team is special to me because it’s more than a team, it’s a brotherhood,” Christopher Patterson said. “And with all of the tragedies going on in the world, it’s always going to be special to me seeing all races come together and get alone.”

All things considered, Kimberly Patterson is grateful of the opportunity for which her son has been afforded, one that could very well give way to greater opportunities for him to perhaps put his skills on display on a much larger platform.

“C. J. has been playing competitive football for seven years,” Kimberly Patterson said. “The Mississippi Brawlers will help him get to the next level. I believe in my son wholeheartedly and his work ethic and love for football show he has no limitations because he’s always going the extra mile. This exposure will benefit my son in a miraculous way. I feel that God will begin to open doors like crazy.”

UNBOTHERED — As far as Patterson was concerned, there was a silver-lining, of sorts, amid an injury that customarily sideline athletes for a lengthy period of time.

The primary objective in the meantime, at least according to Christopher Patterson, is to learn all he can while he can.

You know, to never stop brawling as he steadfastly continues to audition on the stage in the very sport he’s come to adore.

So much a blown out knee.

“Playing for this team creates exposure, because not only is it a nonprofit organization, but after this season is over with, if you have good film, you could go play in college, the CFL, the AFL, or the NFL,” Christopher Patterson said.

All while responding to adversity the right way.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is the founder and publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former sportswriter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Nashville-based syndicated radio personality Aaron Jordan’s weekly show attracting big name gospel recording artists and celebs

TEN-NES-SEE HIM IN ACTION — A native of Memphis who’s made quite a name for himself as an accomplished author, motivational speaker, and relationship expert, Aaron Jordan has added yet another achievement to his talent repertoire as an award-winning syndicated radio personality as owner and host of the Know Your Worth Radio Show with co-host Michael Warren. The show airs every Saturday from Noon-1 p.m. CST on Nashville’s 102.1 FM The Light and is a proceeded by the Hezekiah Walker Show.

 

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — A pretty clever, sometime hilarious guy, that Aaron Jordan.

So much, in fact, that he took to his Facebook page and staged a rather amusing post Friday afternoon.

“That moment when you go to pick up your daughter from school and the teacher asks if you are really famous and a celebrity…Funny!!! #MrKnowYourWorth” Jordan wrote to the delight of his nearly 4,000 followers.

While Jordan’s Facebook post gave way to an assortment of pleasantries and laughs, in essence, the notion that he is a celebrity, of sorts, rings true in many aspects.

A native of Memphis who’s made quite a name for himself as an accomplished author, motivational speaker, and relationship expert, Jordan has added yet another achievement to his talented, immeasurable repertoire as an award-winning syndicated radio personality as owner and host of the Know Your Worth Radio Show with co-host, Atlanta’s Michael Warren. The show airs every Saturday from Noon-1 p.m. CST on Nashville’s 102.1 FM The Light and is a proceeded by the Hezekiah Walker Show.

STAR-STUDDED SHOW — To his credit, the general consensus amongst Jordan’s listening audience is that he certainly has paid his dues, particularly as it relates to making a name for himself, thus creating his own unique voice as a flourishing middle Tennessee-based radio personality. How else to explain why the Know Your Worth Radio Show has managed to attract such big name awarding-winning and renowned gospel recording artists such as Yolanda Adams, Jekalyn Carr, Kierra Sheard, not to mention Preachers of Atlanta star and internationally-acclaimed Pastor Kim Pothier-Jones, among others.

To his credit, the general consensus amongst Jordan’s listening audience is that he certainly has paid his dues, particularly as it relates to making a name for himself, thus creating his own unique voice as a flourishing middle Tennessee-based radio personality.

How else to explain why the Know Your Worth Radio Show has managed to attract such big name awarding-winning and renowned gospel recording artists such as Grammy winner Yolanda Adams, Stella winner Jekalyn Carr, Grammy winner Kierra Sheard, not to mention Preachers of Atlanta star and internationally-acclaimed Pastor Kim Pothier-Jones, among others?

“What I love the most is being able to impact people in a positive way,” Jordan told Making Headline News this week.

Aside from bridging the gap between his devoted listening audience and the gospel celebs, Jordan routinely makes it point to offer some pivotal, wholesome, life-enhancing relationship advice that could greatly help inspire and empower those who have embraced his 60-minute show.

“(We give) them great insight on various topics in dating, provide great entertainment, and all while enriching their minds,” Jordan said.

AN AARON JORDAN RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/02/01/native-memphian-aaron-jordan-flourishing-mightily-as-an-award-winning-author-and-radio-personality/.

Renowned gospel recording Kierra Sheard recently appeared on Aaron Jordan’s Nashville-based Know Your Worth Radio Show.

Moreover, what’s so intriguing about a show that was officially birthed in May 2015 is that it already is starting to garner rave reviews from other syndicated shows.

Just recently, after generating headlines upon the official release his book, “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes,” a representative of the Steve Harvey Morning Show retweeted the link of Jordan’s story to express his well wishes to the rising radio personality standout.

Such a development, Jordan said, caught him by surprise for all the right reasons.

“I was actually shocked when I first saw it and got the notification,” Jordan explained. “Also, I know we follow each other on Twitter, but I use to wonder if certain people actually see my tweets. So it came by a huge surprise. (I was) grateful for the favor of my Creator.”

And much to the delight of Jordan and his co-host, their listeners are grateful for the positive vibes they customarily are afforded in the midday every Saturday, a trend that, as a result, reminds them of their God-manufactured worth.

WE ARE FAMILY — Jordan attributes much of his success to his wife, Ashley Jordan, and his daughter, Teanna.

“Our listeners have stated it is a refresher to have two men authentically talk about dating and relationships and, most importantly, give real unbiased advice to empower (the masses),” Jordan said.

So why in such a short time frame has the Know Your Worth Radio Show emerged as a fixture around the country?

“In my opinion, I think it is the authenticity of the advice and topics discussed and, most importantly, because of God’s favor,” he said.

Well said by a pretty clever, sometime hilarious guy, that Aaron Jordan, a notable celebrity, of sorts.

In his own right.

 

To reach Aaron Jordan, write him at:

P. O. Box 330711

Murfreesboro, TN 37133

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

Pastor James Perry, Jr.’s Empowerment Worship Center enjoying continuous growth as it celebrates its fifth anniversary

 

EMPOWERED TO PREACHEmpowerment Worship Center Senior Pastor James Perry, Jr. would be the first to tell you that given his immense size — he stands at 6-foot-4 — that mirrored that of a power forward or defensive lineman, he clung to lofty aspirations of becoming a big name athlete. Nevertheless, as a preacher’s kid (or P. K.) whom, like a many of his peers who shared a similar lifestyle, Perry, Jr. soon discovered that he can run, but he can’t hide.
In other words, even his notable athletic smarts that ultimately landed him a basketball scholarship at Lander University weren’t merely enough to keep him from following in the massive footsteps of his father, longtime Alabama pastor James Perry, Sr.

Without question, James Perry, Jr. had dreams.

Some big dreams.

Some major dreams.

Some monumental, massive dreams, mind you.

As far as he was concerned, those dreams had virtually nothing to do with standing in a pulpit, deck out in some fancy robe, spreading the Gospel to the masses.

Heck, Perry, Jr. would be the first to tell you that given his immense size — he stands at 6-foot-4 — that mirrored that of a power forward or a defensive lineman, he clung to lofty aspirations of becoming a big name athlete.

Nevertheless, as a preacher’s kid (or P. K.) whom, like a many of his peers who shared a similar lifestyle, Perry, Jr. soon discovered that he can run all he wants, but he can’t hide.

In other words, even his notable athletic smarts that ultimately landed him a basketball scholarship at Lander University weren’t merely enough to prevent him from following in the massive footsteps of his father, longtime Alabama pastor James Perry, Sr.

WE ARE FAMILYAmong those individuals who reminded him of his calling was his wife, Lisa, his Lander College sweetheart to whom Perry, Jr. had gone into covenant in 2003. The couple has three children: Jamekole, 22; Samuel, 13; and Jonathan, 9.

“Everybody said I was going to be a preacher,” Perry, Jr., the Founder and Senior Pastor of Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina, told Making Headline News this week. “I played for a very good (high school) program and I wanted to get away from home because my father was strict.”

So prudish in that preaching for Perry, Jr. wasn’t merely an option. Rather it was a prerequisite, of sorts, particularly as it pertained to surviving the wrath of his father, who currently pastors United Church of God in Alabama.

LOVE AND BASKETBALL…AND THE BIBLEToday, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that Perry, Jr. has gone from breaking ankles on the basketball court to essentially helping worldly individuals break away from their sinful ways and, most importantly make peace with God.

“I didn’t want to preach,” Perry, Jr. said. “I preached because he made me preach. So when I got up to preach, I would get up and repeat what he preached.”

To his distinct credit, Perry, Jr. didn’t just repeat that about which his father routinely shared before the masses. He eventually began to practice what he preached.

Today, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that Perry, Jr. has gone from breaking ankles on the basketball court to essentially helping worldly individuals break away from their sinful ways and, most importantly make peace with God.

Having been preaching the gospel for nearly two decades, Perry, Jr. is just hours away from celebrating a commendable milestone for what undoubtedly is becoming a pretty stellar pastoral career for this Charlotte, North Carolina native.

On Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Empowerment Worship Center will celebrate its Fifth Church Anniversary during an assembly in which the featured speaker will be Curtis Johnson, the Senior Pastor of Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church of Pelzer, South Carolina.

For Perry, Jr., arriving at such a notable stage in his pastoral career is one in which he admittedly labeled “refreshing,” in large part because of the tumultuous events leading to his accepting his God-mandated calling.

Aside from following his father’s strict orders to preach as a child, Perry, Jr. and his nine siblings endured arguably the darkest chapter of their lives when their mother, Alice Marie Perry, died as a result of an aneurysm.

She was 48. Perry, Jr. was just 26 at the time.

“That was one of the biggest tragedies in my family and it tore my family up,” Perry, Jr., 44, the oldest of his parents’ 10 children, said of his mother’s untimely demise. “She always said, ‘You’re going to preach.’ And when she passed way, a lot of things started to happen in my life. And I said, ‘You know what? This is what I’m supposed to be doing.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

SPIRITUAL HIGH FIVE — Having been preaching the gospel for nearly two decades, Perry, Jr. is just days away from celebrating a commendable milestone for what undoubtedly is becoming a pretty stellar pastoral career for this Charlotte, North Carolina native. On Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. EST, Empowerment Worship Center will celebrate its Fifth Church Anniversary .

All of that running from the pulpit had officially come to an end — and for all the right reasons.

Perry, Jr. made his official preaching debut at the age of 28 and, to his credit, coupled with the divine calling upon his life, he hasn’t looked back since.

After having served under the direction of Greenville-area pastor, Bishop Terry McCaskill, for approximately 15 years, Perry, Jr. witnessed his ministerial career soar to greater heights when God gave him the vision to assume the role as a pastor in 2011.

Consequently, he had become empowered to start Empowerment Worship Center in the comfortable confines of his home, although he and his handful of members sensed they couldn’t become too comfortable in his crib, given the church’s rapid growth.

HEAVENLY PROMOTION — After just two years since its inception, EWC — which is nearly 100 members — relocated to a more traditional edifice, which is its current establishment at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville.

With close to 30 members, Perry, Jr. moved his church to a nearby hotel, where services were held in a conference room.

Then after just two years since its inception, EWC — which is nearing 100 members — relocated to a more traditional edifice, which is its current establishment at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville.

So much for his father’s strict, nuts-and-bolts countenance that suggested, among other things, that his young, gifted athlete was destined to execute spiritual slam dunks and assists, of sorts, before those whom needed to witness them the most.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/.

“I think for me, man, I ran for so many years because my father made me do it,” Perry, Jr. said. “But by (age) 14, I became more relevant because of who I was. God began to use people to say things to remind me.”

Among those individuals who reminded him of his calling was his wife, Lisa, his college sweetheart to whom Perry, Jr. had gone into covenant in 1993. The couple has three children: Jamekole, 22; Samuel, 13; and Jonathan, 9.

COMING FULL CIRCLEA progressive church that continues to build on a solid foundation, Perry, Jr. said what he deems most intriguing about his congregation’s latest move is that its present location is equipped with a gymnasium which, as he tells it, allows him to enjoy the best of both worlds — basketball and pastoring.

A progressive church that continues to build on a solid foundation, Perry, Jr. said what he deems mostly intriguing about his congregation’s latest move is that its present location is equipped with a gymnasium which, as he tells it, allows him to enjoy the best of both worlds — basketball and pastoring.

“Well, I love basketball for one,” said Perry, Jr. a Greenville-area AAU hoops coach for a 13-and-under team. “I love mentoring the youth and I love pastoring. Having a gym at my church makes it so much. I mean, it’s hard work, but it’s community service. You don’t do this kind of work for money, because the need is so great. You’re touching the lives of a lot of kids out there.”

In his case, for five years and counting.

All while living out his assortment of dreams in the process.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

South Carolina Pastor Yolanda Townsend savoring the fruits of her labor after graciously accepting her divine calling

PREACH, PASTOR YOLANDA!!! Today, unlike never before, Yolanda Townsend, a devoted married mother of two children to her husband Christopher Townsend, Sr., is savoring the fruits of her labor all because she never grew weary in well doing.
Aside her flourishing, self-founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, Townsend is the Assistant Pastor of the Empowerment Worship Center, a Greenville, South Carolina-based church that was founded by Alabama native  Pastor James Perry Jr., Lady Lisa Perry and a few board members in 2009.

Yolanda Townsend undoubtedly has had a brutally hectic schedule in recent months.

So much, in fact, that she literally has found it difficult to honor interview requests from the media.

But just recently, Townsend, the Founder of DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, deemed it essential that she place a figurative bookmarker in her congested itinerary and share the assortment of life-changing events surrounding what has greatly given way to a successful, progressive pastoral career for this Anderson, South Carolina native.

A vibrant, vivacious 46-year-old woman of the cloth, Townsend has enjoyed a ministerial tenure that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to exact.

 

WE ARE FAMILYGreenville, South Carolina-area Pastor Yolanda Townsend pictured with her family (from left to right): her son, Christian, 11, husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., and their daughter, Crystal, who is nine years old. Yolanda Townsend has been actively involved in the ministry for a little more than 18 years.

As Townsend eloquently explained during a recent interview with Making Headlines News, while she customarily found herself trying to flee from her Kingdom work-related responsibilities — or her divine calling, if you will — she ultimately came to a realization that God, as sovereign as He is, had other ideas.

“I knew God was positioning me for ministry at a very early age,” Townsend said. “My mother shared with me how around age three or five, I would get up, dress myself by putting on my robe and slippers, then push a chair to the front door, unlock it, and go outside. I would make my way across the street to sit in the rocking chairs with the mothers.”

GOD’S MYSTICAL UNIONChristopher and Yolanda Townsend were united in Holy Matrimony on July 17, 2003.

Wait. There are more distinctly unique details to a story that essentially unfolded nearly four decades ago.

“From then on, we knew ministry was being fulfilled,” Townsend explained. “As I got to high school, I took pride in my — shall I say — holiness attire, meaning no makeup, my hair was pressed only, and my skirts were well below the knees, and (I wore) a prayer head covering in every color to match my outfits.”

And so it eventually came to pass that at a very young age, while being raised in a home where attending church regularly surprisingly wasn’t a customary trend, Townsend — for a lack of better words — still ultimately found her way to cross.

HANDPICKED BY GODA vibrant, vivacious 46-year-old woman of the cloth, Townsend has enjoyed a ministerial tenure that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to exact.
As Townsend eloquently explained during a recent interview with Making Headlines News, while she customarily found herself trying to flee from her Kingdom work-related responsibilities — or her divine calling, if you will — she ultimately came to realization that God, as sovereign as He is, had other ideas.

You know, where she first saw the light, as one classic songwriter insinuated.

“All while attending this holiness church all on my own,” she said. “I recall being excited when the deacons would arrive to pick me up to carry me to church. And filling honored that two deacons rode in the front and made sure I sat in the back and arrived to church safety. Those were days of ministry and I knew God had more in store for me.”

Today, unlike never before, Townsend, a devoted married mother of two children (Christian and Crystal), is savoring the fruits of her labor all because she never grew weary in well doing.

Aside her flourishing, self-founded ministry, Townsend is the Assistant Pastor of the Empowerment Worship Center, a Greenville, South Carolina-based church that was founded by Alabama native Pastor James Perry Jr., Lady Lisa and a few board members in 2009.

A progressive, thriving institution whose featured vision is, “To empower the people in unity and in love so that the believer and unbeliever can be enriched and empowered from a spiritually, emotionally, financially and economically, physically, accompanied by a social perspective,” Empowerment Worship Center has served as an empowering beacon of light in the Greenville community, in large because it is committed to staying rooted and grounded through the word of God so that every believer should have (Acts 2:44-47) and experience the blessings and promises of God through faith and obedience.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/.

As Townsend recalls, after several unsuccessful attempts to elude her life-enhancing calling, she finally obeyed the voice of God to preach the Gospel years ago while visiting a nearby church.

“As a former South Carolina cosmetologist, I have a passion for fashion,” Townsend explained. “As we would travel and sang and my former Bishop would be preaching, I took pride in doing the hair for some of the ladies in the choir. It was at one of our numerous rehearsals that Bishop called me into his office to discuss an upcoming tour. I was honored that he wanted me to style the ladies’ hair.”

As it turned out, that brief dialogue with her Bishop ultimately gave way to divine, tear-jerking calling for the ages, one that, all things considered, was the precursor, of sorts, to what is taking place in Townsend’s life today.

“Little did I know, that was not the only reason for the meeting,” Townsend explained. “As I proceeded to leave the office, he asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks. The question was, ‘Didn’t get much sleep around 3 am, huh?’ I instantly knew where the second half of this meeting was going.”

Tears immediately began to flow in the wee hours of the morning, Townsend recalls.

“I was awakened out of my sleep at 3 am,” said Townsend, immediately recalling the meeting with her Bishop. I kept a journal and pen on my nightstand by the bed. I picked it up and started writing. When I finished I turned on the lamp and looked at what would be my first sermon titled, ‘Stop Running.’”

HONORABLE MENTIONJust recently, Townsend, the Founder of DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, deemed it essential that she place a figurative bookmarker in her congested itinerary and share the assortment of life-changing events surrounding what has become a successful, progressive pastoral career for the Anderson, South Carolina native.

A sermonic debut she said was centered on the Biblical story of Jonah — most notably the events surrounding his encounter in the belly of the fish — that Townsend refrained from trying to duck and dodge her God-mandated calling practically sums up why her ministry has come full circle — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

MORE ABOUT YOLANDA TOWNSEND: 
www.Divas4ChristMinistries.org.

Besides DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, she and her husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., share a weekly radio segment that airs under their ministry’s umbrella entitled, “Straight Up No Chaser Grown Folks Style Radio Blog Show (founded by Mr. and Mrs. West),” during which the couple enlighten listeners with what they describe as “marriage ministry wisdom nuggets,” as well as prayer requests, testimonials, among other things to enhance and enrich lives.

AWWWWWWW….Besides DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, she and her husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., share a weekly radio segment that airs under their ministry umbrella entitled, “Straight Up No Chaser Grown Folks Style Radio Blog Show” during which the couple provide listeners with what they describe as “marriage ministry wisdom nuggets,” as well as prayer requests, testimonials, among other things to enhance and enrich lives.

And what’s so astounding for the Townsends is that God isn’t through with them yet, something by which Pastor Yolanda doesn’t shy away from sharing daily.

RUNNING FOR JESUS — “The more I ran, the greater the chase,” Townsend said of the events leading to her accepting her calling to preach the Gospel. “Until one day I could not run any longer. After attending our ministers’ classes, I preached my initial sermon.”

“The more I ran, the greater the chase,” she said. “Until one day I could not run any longer. After attending our ministers’ classes, I preached my initial sermon.

A PASTOR YOLANDA RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/02/09/south-carolina-pastor-yolanda-townsends-7th-annual-pink-pajama-party-figures-to-hold-more-meaning-amid-potentially-fatal-house-fire/.

To her recollection, her first sermon was given on December 29, 1999, during which she spoke from the subject, “Have You Thought About Hell Lately?”

Given the immense strides she made in a ministerial career that spans nearly two decades, it’s safe to assume Pastor Yolanda’s answer to such an attention-grabbing inquiry is a resounding “No!”

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

Former New York Knick Derek Harper to Charles Oakley after MSG fiasco: ‘You got my support more than anything’

 

Y’ALL CHILL OUT: Hours after the New York Knicks fiasco involving Charles Oakley and owner James Dolan on February 8, former NBA point guard Derek Harper (left), an analyst for the Mavericks through Fox Sports Southwest who spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996, contacted his former teammate to offer support. (Photo courtesy of The Dallas Morning News)

DALLAS — Saying that Charles Oakley “should have dealt with this situation differently,” former New York Knicks point guard Derek Harper wasted little time reaching out to his former teammate in the wake of an altercation involving Oakley and Madison Square Garden security guards on February 8.

In a statement released by the Knicks, the team said that upon arriving to the arena, Oakley behaved in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” which led to his ejection from MSG and his subsequent arrest by the New York City Police Department.

MADISON SQUARE SQUABBLE — In a statement released by the Knicks, the team said that upon arriving to the arena, Oakley behaved in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” which led to his ejection from MSG and his subsequent arrest by the New York City Police Department. The incident was believed to have been fueled by Oakley’s strained relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, who banned Oakley a few days following the incident.

The incident was believed to have been fueled by Oakley’s strained relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, who banned Oakley a few days following their alleged fallout. Dolan lifted the ban after meeting with Oakley and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, although Oakley, a former Knick who played 10 seasons in New York, has yet to accept the invitation and return to MSG.

A native of Cleveland, Oakley sat courtside next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Thursday night to witness the Knicks drop their second consecutive game, 119-104.

Hours after the Knicks fiasco, Harper, an analyst for the Mavericks through Fox Sports Southwest who spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996, contacted his former teammate to offer his support.

WELCOME HOME — A native of Cleveland, Oakley sat courtside next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Thursday night to witness the Knicks drop their second consecutive game, 119-104. (Getty Images Photo)

“I texted Oak and told him he has my support more than anything,” Harper, who was drafted by the Mavericks with the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, told Making Headline News. “We had a dog pound in New York, and I was apart of the dog pound with Oak, so I’m not surprised he tried to protect himself. That’s who Oak is. Everybody loves Charles Oakley.”

According to the Knicks, Oakley was ejected from the arena midway through the first quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he allegedly yelled at Dolan and refused to stop, an allegation Oakley has repeatedly disowned.

Consequently, Oakley, 53, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespassing, a development that prompted current players such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade to hasten to various message boards to offer their support for the ex-NBA All-Star power forward.

Guarding former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan in the 1996 Eastern Conference semifinals, Harper spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996. (Getty Images Photo)

“It’s hard because you don’t have all of the information,” said Harper, 55, when asked to assess the drama involving Oakley and the Knicks. “I’m one that don’t believe in running out talking about something unless I totally understand it. But with that being said, Charles Oakley was the heart and soul of the teams I played on in New York and he will always be respected by the fans in that city.”

Still, Harper, who played 16 seasons with four teams before retiring from the NBA in 1999, contends things could have been handled differently between Oakley and Knicks.

BELOVED KNICK — Harper was quite complementary of Oakley (No. 34), particularly about how he had taken ownership of his role of MSG catastrophe heard around the NBA.
“I love Oak,” Harper said. “We exchanged text messages the next morning. (Getty Images Photo)

“Dolan is the new owner now and he and Oak, for some reason, haven’t seen eye to eye,” Harper said. “He wanted, in that situation, I think for Charles to be removed from his seat and out of the arena and, if I’m Oak, I’d respect that. I’d respect what the owner of that team says and I’ll leave.

“But I think it really got blown out of proportion and escalated into something that was unfortunate for both sides in my opinion.”

All things considered, Harper was complementary of Oakley, particularly about how he had taken ownership of his role in the MSG catastrophe heard around the NBA.

Harper, a former University of Illinois All-American, was drafted by the Mavericks with the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. He returned to play for Dallas during the 1996-97 season. (Getty Images Photo)

“I love Oak,” Harper said. “We exchanged text messages the next morning. Oak is my confidant. That’s my guy and he’s already come out and said he should have dealt with this situation differently, and I think if he had to do it over again, he would choose not to put his hands on people.

“As an adult, I don’t want to be touched by another person, security officer or not. And I think he would admit that part of it was wrong. But it was wrong the way that they handled him as well.”

After Oakley and Dolan reportedly had met in hopes of reaching a resolution amid their fallout, Harper strongly believes it will be a matter of time that his former teammate will return to MSG.

“Absolutely, at some point,” Harper, who registered 16,006 points, 6,577 assists, and 1,957 steals during his NBA career, said. “There’s no question about it. I don’t know when. I don’t think anybody can say when it’s going to be.”

 

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

 

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