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Alabama preacher Tamika D. Pharr goes from ‘thug girl’ lifestyle to selling out solely to Jesus Christ


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, since you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)


SOLD OUT ON JESUS 

BEAUTY FOR ASHES — Aside from overseeing the day-to-day operations of a credible business, Tamika D. Pharr is Mobile-area minister as the beloved Co-Pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Church, a tradition-rich, historic institution that also has a campus in Richmond, California.

DALLAS — Tamika D. Pharr could be appropriately described as a number of things.

For starters, she’s an accomplished businesswoman as a resourceful sales consultant with Paparazzi, a globally-acclaimed venture that’s widely known for offering consumers fashion-forward jewelry and product parties.

She’s a proud mother of two, a grandmother of three, and a mother-in-“love” to whom she often describes as a “beautiful young lady.”
More than anything, though, Pharr would be the first to tell you that she’s devout woman of faith, one’s who deems it essential to go to great lengths to proclaim the matchless Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Never mind that this Mobile, Alabama native was raised in what the urban community has dubbed the School of Hard Knocks.
“I had a rough upbringing. But God,” Pharr, 43, told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “(I’ve) seen a lot, heard a lot, done a lot. But God.”

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And because Pharr, a resourceful, resilient, spiritually-empowering minister, doesn’t shy away from the notion that God is, by all accounts, the Focal Point of her life, it’s safe to assume that life as she knows it is, well, far more superior than her rough upbringing.

Aside from overseeing the day-to-day operations of a credible business, Pharr is Mobile-area minister as the beloved Co-Pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Church, a tradition-rich, historic institution that also has a campus in Richmond, California.

Widely regarded as a Christian-centered ministry that accompanied by the slogan, “Changing The World With The Word,” Tabernacle of Praise is pastored by Apostle Timothy D. Monigan.

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — Pharr is an accomplished businesswoman as a resourceful sales consultant with Paparazzi, a globally-acclaimed venture that’s widely known for offering consumers fashion-forward jewelry and product parties.

For Pharr, that she was steadfastly brought up in the church and raised in an environment where she customarily was taught Biblical principles has proven beneficial to her, considering even to this day, she’s still very much on fire for Almighty God.

Only now, she’s serving and paying homage to Him from a much larger stage.

“My family taught me that when you learn better, you do better,” said Pharr, recalling vividly the memorable developments of her childhood. “That took a while to set in on me, because I was a thug girl, but God turned me into a church girl.”

Widely regarded as a Christian-centered ministry that accompanied by the slogan, “Changing The World With The Word,” Tabernacle of Praise is pastored by Apostle Timothy D. Monigan.

As Pharr explained, it took a relatively solid supporting cast of godly women who collectively helped steer her from the School of Hard Knocks as a “thug girl” to, well, Sunday School — pretty much on the regular.


“I have my grandmother Pruitt, (who was) an elder of love and understanding at Primitive Baptist Church until her health change and God called her home,” Pharr recalled. “My grandmother, Pauline James, plays a great big part in my life. She also helped raise me. My great grandmother, Mary Pharr, is the mother of St. Luke Church, where she’s been a member since before I was born. She is now 100 years old and her health has changed. My great aunt, Pastor Shirley Edwards and I, are the newest pastors in the family.”


For Pharr, that she was steadfastly brought up in the church and raised in an environment where she customarily was Biblical principles has proven beneficial to her, considering even to this day, she’s still very much on fire for Almighty God.

Sadly as it is to say, Pharr’s rise to becoming a full-time minister hasn’t been fully accepted by some whom she sensed would offer valiant support.

“Well, since I became pastor, a lot of family and friends have fell off, but I heard the Lord say that He will add unto me,” Pharr said without hesitation. “I saw God positioning me for ministry back in 2008 after I lost my 10-week-old baby.”

As it turned out, Pharr’s losing an unborn child essentially served a defining moment, of sorts, for this beloved, bigger-than-life thug girl-turned-woman of the cloth.

“I heard the Lord say He has need of me,” Pharr said in the wake of her dreaded miscarriage.

WE ARE FAMILY — “My family taught me that when you learn better, you do better,” said Pharr, recalling vividly the memorable developments of her childhood. “That took a while to set in on me, because I was a thug girl, but God turned me into a church girl.”

To her credit, this young preacher hasn’t looked back since.

If nothing else, she’s diligently drawn closer and closer to God which, in dramatic sequence of events, is a far cry from the proverbial thug girl life.

Having officially accepted her calling to preach the Gospel in 2011 — “I heard God call my name, using a familiar voice,” she recalls — Pharr initially sensed that it was actually her unborn baby who was calling her name.

Oddly as it might seem, she eventually heard her name called three times.

One for the Father.

One for the Son.

One for the Holy Ghost.

In that order.

As it turned out, Pharr’s losing unborn child essentially served a defining moment, of sorts, for this beloved, bigger-than-life thug girl-turned-woman of the cloth.

And if God said it, that settles it.

“My testimony is when God say go, obey His voice,” Pharr said. “I told God I didn’t want to do this. First of all, I thought I wasn’t worthy enough. Then I still wanted to sit at the bar and stay in the club.”

Still, in spite of her rebelliousness, amongst the things that Pharr had ultimately discovered is that if God has a dire need of you, He’ll find His way to the bar and club.

In no particularly order.

“One night, as I was sitting in the club, I heard a Voice so clear and I started looking around for someone,” Pharr explained. “I heard Him again, so I got up and ran out the club like I just seen a ghost.”

In essence, that’s what actually happened.


GOD’S LEADING LADY 

As Pharr explained, it took a relatively solid supporting cast of godly women who collectively helped steer her from the School of Hard Knocks as a “thug girl” to, well, Sunday School — pretty much on the regular.

Only this time, it was the Holy Ghost.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

“I have been going since then,” Pharr, who plans to compose a book that depicts her life, said of having found her niche in ministry. “He called me out the club to the church, from a thug girl to a church girl.”

Which goes to show that today, she could be appropriately described as a number of things.

A beloved spokesperson for Christ topping the list.


For more information about Mobile, Alabama-area Pastor Tamika D. Pharr, to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/tdpharr?epa=SEARCH_BOX. Also, send email to: bblessladyy@gmail.com.


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Memphis’ Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith deemed a fixture in Body of Christ as the face of WOPP


Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. (Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV)


GOD’S WOMAN OF PROMISE 

GOD’S LEADING LADY — More than anything, it is because Reverend Sheilah-Smith, this beloved Mid-South-area preacher, is walking diligently in her divine purpose as the Founder and President of Women of Promise and Praise, her inspiring, spiritually-enhancing ministry that has become a constant fixture in the Body of Christ.

DALLAS — To her credit and much to her delight, Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith can be appropriately described as a Proverbs 31 kind of woman.

Not just because she’s a devout woman of faith.

Not just because she’s steadfastly on fire for God.

Not because she’s found her spiritual niche as one of God’s most dedicated and resourceful spokespersons.

More than anything, it is because Easterling-Smith, this beloved Mid-South-area preacher, is walking diligently in her divine purpose as the Founder and President of Women of Promise and Praise, her inspiring, spiritually-enhancing ministry that has become a constant fixture in the Body of Christ.

WHAT ABOUT WOPP? https://www.facebook.com/Women-of-Promise-and-Praise-268424283208351/

Established in 2007, Easterling-Smith’s Women of Promise and Praise (or WOPP) is comprised of a group of women dedicated to helping uplift and encourage other women.

“We also concentrate on educating young ladies,” said a spokesperson for WOPP in a detailed introduction of this ministry on its Facebook business page.

A notable ministry that is widely known for aiding and empowering women mightily to discover and reconnect with their God-given worth and purpose, WOPP is making preparations to hold “It Takes A Village” conference, its annual one-day event that will be comprised of a variety of workshops.

Powered by WOPP, this year’s “It Takes A Village” conference will take place on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST at Memphis’ Impact Baptist Church & Ministries, located at 2025 Clifton Avenue.

Tickets for this event are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 901.210.7235 or by emailing Easterling-Smith at seasterl@comcast.net.

SAVE THE DATE

During Easterling-Smith’s “It Takes A Village” conference, an assortment of pertinent topics will be discussed, most notably opioid epidemic, sickle cell disease, childhood trauma, domestic violence, and bullying, just to name a few.

Also, door prizes will be given away during this fun-filled, community-wide fellowship.

Interestingly, WOPP will be hosting what is known as the “Seven Last Words Service” Friday night at 7 at Memphis’ Gifts of Life Ministries, located at 3381 Raleigh Millington Road.

This service, which is powered by WOPP, is a pre-Good Friday celebratory event and will be highlighted by a “preached word, drama, and music,” Easterling-Smith wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week.

Hosted by Pastor Andre and Lady Lisa Johnson in conjunction with WOPP, the “Seven Last Words Service” will feature a gallery of at least a half dozen Mid-South-area preachers, as well as a musical presentation by Crystal “SaxLady” Brown.

For Reverend Easterling-Smith, she has managed to assemble what is widely regarded as an immeasurable body of word throughout the year, particularly as a clergywoman.

A notable ministry that is widely known for aiding and empowering women mightily to discover and reconnect with their God-given worth and purpose, WOPP is making preparations to hold “It Takes A Village” conference, its annual one-day event that will be comprised of a variety of workshops.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Easterling-Smith is a graduate of Cleveland’s historic John F. Kennedy High School, where she was devoted to academic excellence while being active in several extracurricular activities, most notably editor of the school’s newspaper.

One of the “First Ladies” (and captains) of what was known as the  Highsteppers, Easterling-Smith was named a Who’s Who in Cleveland Public High Schools.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN — A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Easterling-Smith is a graduate of Cleveland’s historic John F. Kennedy High School, where she was devoted to academic excellence while being active in several extracurricular activities, most notably editor of the school’s newspaper.

Consequently, she enrolled at Indiana State University on an academic scholarship, where she earned an undergraduate with degree in Journalism, a feat that eventually landed her a job in public relations in nearby Chicago. Her professional work experience includes having worked as an R&B promoter for Malaco Records, during which she represented entertainers Z. Z. Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Denise Lasalle, and Little Milton, among others.

Upon relocating to Memphis, Easterling-Smith worked at The Commercial Appeal in the Composing/Make-Up department before she discovered a spiritual detour, of sorts, after she had become a member of Memphis’ historic Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

THE LORD’S DOING — For Reverend Easterling-Smith, she has managed to assemble what is widely regarded as an immeasurable body of word throughout the year, particularly as a clergywoman.

After having served in a variety of ministries at the church known as “The Boulevard,” Easterling-Smith had ultimately accepted her call to ministry. She enrolled at Memphis Theological Seminary, where she graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Divinity.

While operating as the President of WOPP, she is a member of the Fellowship of Black Disciples Clergywomen, North Stakeholders & Clergy Group, the Frayser Exchange Club, as well as the Church Developers Network.


For more information about Mid-South-area Minister/Businesswoman Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/sheilah.easterlingsmith. Also, send email to: seasterl@comcast.net.


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Boston preacher Bishop Ronald S. Hobson, Sr. advancing the kingdom mightily as leader of The Reconstruction Church


Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. (1 Timothy 5:17 KJV)


DALLAS — Just a few days ago, Dr. Ronald S Hobson, Sr. found himself reminiscing, among other things, about how his family had gone about making peace with Jesus Christ.

Without question, it was arguably the best discovery of his young life.

As Dr. Hobson — a Boston-area pastor who’s widely known as Bishop Hobson — explained, it all unfolded sometime after the tragic death of grandmother, during which his family consequently attended the historic Jefferson Temple Church of God In Christ in nearby North Bellport, New York.
Ironically, Bishop Hobson’s mother, Geraldine Scott, had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, thus setting off what apparently was a spiritual domino effect throughout the Hobson household.

ON GOD’S BATTLEFIELD 

GOD’S MIGHTY SPOKESPERSON — A ministerial calling that spans approximately three decades, Ronald S. Hobson is the Senior Pastor at The Reconstruction Church.

“It was after she accepted Christ that our journey as a family into the Christian faith began,” Bishop Hobson told Making Headline News this week.

For Bishop Hobson, witnessing his mother surrender to God proved to be defining moment, of sorts, for an accomplished preacher, whose keen reputation is such that he customarily exemplifies having a heart for people.

God’s people, to be more direct.

A ministerial calling that spans approximately three decades, Bishop Hobson is the Senior Pastor at The Reconstruction Church.

MORE ON TRC: https://thereconstructionchurch.org/

Located at 80 Pleasant Street in Brockton, Massachusetts, The Reconstruction Church has adopted a notable commitment that is centered largely on serving its community through various programs, many of which are geared toward people’s spiritual needs.

“We are not hear to judge, but to help you change the way you think about your faith,” said a spokesperson for The Reconstruction Church in a detailed introduction of this flourishing ministry at https://thereconstructionchurch.org/.

A native of North Bellport, New York — a rural town of roughly 11,545 residents, according to the latest U.S. census — it’s safe to assume that Bishop Hobson, 48, undoubtedly was birthed into ministry.

He’s also is a thriving businessman as a credible credit repair specialist.

Having always looked up to and admired his pastor, Bishop Ralph L. Jefferson — “I still admire him today,” he often says — it was due in large part to his spiritual father’s unorthodox style of preaching, coupled with what Bishop Hobson describes as his “tenacity in preaching The Word” that greatly fueled his desire to want to follow in his footsteps.

PROMOTED BY GOD — Dr. Hobson was consecrated in December 2003 to the Office of Bishopric through the laying on of hands of His Eminence W. O. Kinnings in nearby Philadelphia before being reaffirmed and dually consecrated to the Office of Bishopric and Presiding Prelate of Preachers United Fellowship in August 2006 by the Episcopal Board of Bishops of Alpha & Omega Ministries, Bishop Lee A. Davis (California).

Despite the notion that being raised with eight brothers and sisters were both “amazing and discouraging” at times, Bishop Hobson is especially appreciative of the fact this his mother had raised her children to the best way she knew how, though he acknowledged that growing up in what he deems “an improvised community” had its share of challenges.

“Like any other inner-city, I was introduced to many vises and avenues that were not ideal and economically friendly,” Bishop Hobson recalls. “I had to do what I had to do to survive.”

Regardless, amongst the notable factors with which this young preacher had come to grips was that only what he does for Christ will last. So realistically, there was no running from the calling and purpose for which he was created.

MOM KNOWS BEST — For Bishop Hobson, witnessing his mother surrender to God proved to be defining moment, of sorts, for an accomplished preacher whose keen reputation is such that he customarily exemplifies having a heart for people. God’s people, to be more direct.

“The amazing part of everything was that the church became my outlet and focus,” Bishop Hobson explained. “The more I attended, the more comfortable I grew to accept this Jesus my pastor so eloquently shared through his preaching and teachings. The church became my focal point for change. My pastor took the time to teach me all he could for me to become someone or something in life. He poured into me daily values and practices of clean, godly living. He wanted to ensure that I made godly decisions in life.”

All of which practically sums up why this young preacher from a rural town on Long Island has been set aside for God’s use, all the while steadily having a massive impact in advancing the kingdom for such a time as now.

Never mind that according to Bishop Hobson, the awe-inspiring events that had ultimately given way to his divine call to ministry weren’t merely easy, he often recalls.

A native of North Bellport, New York — a rural town of roughly 11,545 residents, according to the latest U.S. census, it’s safe to assume that Bishop Hobson, 48, undoubtedly was birthed into ministry.

“It was life-changing,” he typically says without hesitation.

Having officially accepted his calling to preach to gospel at the tender age of 18, this then-teenage preacher found himself standing behind a sacred desk, giving his first sermon in October 1988.

He’s been preaching ever since.

Bishop Hobson also is a thriving businessman as a credible credit repair specialist.

“Remembering the day when my pastor laid his hands on me, he shared with me a dream I had the night before,” Bishop Hobson recalled. “The Lord knew what He showed me in my dream, but my pastor’s prophetic discernment by The Spirit of God was led to share the dream. He said, ‘Son, God has called you to preach.’ After that, I hit the floor – slain in The Spirit.”

He’s been slain in The Spirit ever since.

He hasn’t looked back ever since.

Credit the fact that He’s been sold out to God ever since.

In no particularly order.

IT’S ALL GOOD — Despite the notion that being raised with eight brothers and sisters were both “amazing and discouraging” at times, Bishop Hobson is appreciative of the fact this his mother had raised her children to the best of her capabilities, though he acknowledged that growing up in what he deems “an improvised community” had its challenges. Pictured with Bishop Hobson are his sons, Ron, Jr. and Christopher.

Having become a licensed minister the same year he delivered his first sermon, Bishop Hobson was ordained and installed as a Pastor in October 2002 by Bishop Ralph L. Harmon, Milford, DE.

 

Bishop Hobson’s mother, Geraldine Scott, had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, thus setting off what apparently was a spiritual domino effect throughout the Hobson household.

Consequently, he was consecrated in December 2003 to the Office of Bishopric through the laying on of hands of His Eminence W. O. Kinnings in nearby Philadelphia before being reaffirmed and dually consecrated to the Office of Bishopric and Presiding Prelate of Preachers United Fellowship in August 2006 by the Episcopal Board of Bishops of Alpha & Omega Ministries, Bishop Lee A. Davis (California).

Having studied at Empire State College in Buffalo, New York, Bishop Hobson enrolled at the University of Phoenix, during which his concentration was Business Administration.  Having matriculated from Encouraging Faith Theological University with honors, Bishop Hobson is an accomplished author who wrote “Who’s Your Moses?”

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON — Having officially accepted his calling to preach to gospel at the tender age of 18, this then-teenage preacher found himself standing behind a sacred desk, giving his first sermon in October 1988.

“Accepting what God allowed was my new momentum and vision focus,” Bishop Hobson said of his well-publicized ministerial career. “I felt secure in knowing Chrissy was in the safest arms. I knew I had to continue to preach the Good News. I’ve learned that through the course of healing that I have to love and not hate…press to impress Christ and live the best life I could for Him, because tomorrow is not promised to anyone, not even me.”

All things considered, that, without question, was arguably the best discovering of his young life.


For more information about Boston-area Pastor Bishop Ronald S. Hobson of The Reconstruction Church, or to schedule him for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 508.556.9796, or connect with him via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/The-Reconstruction-Church-1065972230221967/.


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Mid-South award-winning author LaDonna Marie having a massive kingdom impact, courtesy of her books

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)


A-K-AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

A TRUE INSPIRATION — Mid-South author LaDonna Marie’s latest book is entitled, “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” and, much to her delight, this newly-produced written document has been nothing short of impressive since it officially made it ceremonious presence on the market.

DALLAS — Just about every morning, LaDonna Marie hastens to her Facebook page, where she stages to her timeline a pivotal, inspiring reminder to the masses.

“Good morning everyone. Have a phenomenal day,” LaDonna Marie customarily tells her more than 4,300 social media followers.

To grasp a thorough concept of why LaDonna Marie deems it essential to jumpstart her day by empowering people of the importance of staying empowered, look no further than how God has strategically allowed her gifts to make room for her, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

A native of Fayette, Mississippi, Mississippi, LaDonna Marie is responsible for having written nine books, while co-authoring 12 to date.

Four additional solo authored books are presently in the works and scheduled to be released this year.


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A MUST READ — Released officially on September 17, 2018, LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” is comprised of — you’ve guessed it — 21 days of positive inspiration, whereby this young and gifted author’s primary focus is centered largely on providing her readers with an entirely different outlook on how they ought to perceive what she appropriately describes as their day-to-day life experiences.

This award-winning author’s latest book is entitled, “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” and, much to her delight, this newly-produced written document has been nothing short of impressive since it officially made its ceremonious presence on the market.

Released officially on September 17, 2018, LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” is comprised of — you’ve guessed it — 21 days of positive inspiration, whereby this young and gifted author’s primary focus is centered largely on providing her readers with an entirely different outlook on how they ought to perceive what she appropriately describes as their day-to-day life experiences.

IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN — To grasp a thorough concept of why LaDonna Marie deems it essential to jumpstart her day by empowering people the importance of staying empowered, look no further than how God has allowed her gifts to make room for her, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

“Each day brings its own situations, setbacks, victories, and triumphant moments,” according to a spokesperson for LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” at Amazon.com. “However, God grants new mercies for our walk daily. The author would like you to use the devotions in this book to put a positive view (on life), or how you approach these areas.”

For LaDonna Marie, an alumnus of Alcorn State University who resides in Fayette, Mississippi, she’s especially grateful that God had infused her with the light of the Holy Spirit to resume writing her book, particularly after this accomplished author had taken what appeared to be a brief hiatus from her latest project.

STANDING OVATION — Once she finished her God-mandated assignment that had ultimately came wrapped up in her latest book, LaDonna Marie had consequently emerged as the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback and rave reviews.

“I started writing the book in 2017 and normally I write multiple titles at once,” LaDonna Marie told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “It wasn’t until 2018 when I picked it back up and decided to finish.”


Once she finished her God-mandated assignment that had ultimately came wrapped up in her latest book, LaDonna Marie had consequently emerged as the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback and rave reviews.

“One reader stated that (this book) resets her focus and attitude,” LaDonna Marie said. “It keeps her mind on things they should be on. It’s clear and easy to read. It also (helps) her to stay on track and a right way of thinking as our Heavenly Father wants us to be.”

DESTINY STEPS — More than anything, LaDonna Marie — a single mother and devout woman of faith — has gone to great lengths to help advance and empower God’s kingdom’s for such a pivotal time as now — particularly in these perilous times.

While LaDonna Marie’s newest published work has given way to her share of sustained success since its release, her other books have likewise impacted the kingdom.

LaDonna Marie also is responsible for having produced:

  • Expressions Of The Mind, Body, & Soul
  • Until Tomorrow Comes
  • Lessons: Shattered Pieces Being Restored
  • Quiet Moments with God: 31 Days of Life Lessons
  • Eloquent Love Notes
  • Lessons II: Mirror Conversations
  • Larry The Alligator: Makes Friends and,
  • Rebuilding Fragments Workbook.
REPRESENTING THE SIP — For LaDonna Marie, an alumnus of Alcorn State University, she’s especially grateful that God had infused her with the light of the Holy Spirit to resume writing her book, this after this accomplished author had taken what appeared to be a brief hiatus from her latest project.

As for the divine message she aspires to send to her reading audience through her assortment of books, LaDonna Marie said, “I want people to have hope and to know that they can overcome any obstacle, that they have a purpose and each new day, they have a chance to make a difference.”

More than anything, LaDonna Marie — a single mother and devout woman of faith — has gone to great lengths to help advance and empower God’s kingdom’s for such a pivotal time as now — particularly in these perilous times.

“God has created me to encourage others and empower others who are overcoming obstacles,” said LaDonna Marie, whose itinerary includes an upcoming speaking engagement before a group of middle school girls March 20 in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as a host of book signings, festivals, and conferences throughout the remainder of this year.

CONNECT WITH LADONNA MARIE: https://www.facebook.com/LaDonnaMC/

SPIRITUAL GAME CHANGER — As for the he divine message she aspires to send to her reading audience through her assortment of books, LaDonna Marie said, “I want people to have hope and to know that they can overcome any obstacle, that they have a purpose and each new day, they have a chance to make a difference.”

“(I want) to assist them in their healing process and to help them to discover the champion inside through my writings.”

Something this brilliantly crafty author does virtually every morning, as evidence by her social media posts.

“I would like everyone to know there is greatness the inside of you,” LaDonna Marie said. “You have what it takes to overcome every obstacle. Be sure grab a copy of one my inspiration books to further encourage yourself.”

Not to mention view life from God’s perspective.


For more information about Mid-South-area Author LaDonna Marie, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under https://www.facebook.com/ladonna.smithcook. Also, send email to: Lmbpoetry @gmail.com.


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Atlanta-area author Lisa Duffey takes another step toward her destiny in ‘I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2.’


I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18 NIV)


DALLAS — It was a rather turbulent, tumultuous, seemingly unbearable season in Lisa Duffey’s life, one in which it seemed far too insurmountable to bear at times.

“I got the vision about three years ago but never acted on it,” Duffey, an Atlanta-area author, told Making Headline News this week, recalling the memorable, emotionally-driven developments that led to her contributing to a soon-to-be released book. “It was just too painful. Then I began to see women coming out, talking about their experiences regarding sexual abuse and domestic violence.”


GOD’S VIRTUOUS WOMAN 

DESTINY STEPS — A native of Hempstead, New York, Lisa Duffey is among a dozen authors who assumed an immeasurable platform in the forthcoming book entitled, “I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2.”

For Duffey, hearing other writers display a great deal of transparency regarding situations that essentially have shaped their lives for the better, in many aspects, fueled her desire to follow suit.

A native of Hempstead, New York, Duffey is among a dozen authors who assumed an immeasurable platform in the forthcoming book entitled, “I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2.”

An awe-inspiring, spiritually gut-checking project that is forwarded by Atlanta-area empowerment coach and fellow author Dr. Carolyn Stephens, the sophomore edition of “I Am A Black Woman” is widely known as “One Voice” and addresses a variety of pertinent topics — most notably surviving divorce, sexual and physical abuse, broken identity, and mental illness, among other subjects.

 

For Duffey, that she was afforded the golden opportunity to share of her life-enhancing experiences in the second edition of this book, by all accounts, was a defining moments in the life of a woman who knows full well she’s been set aside for God’s use.

“I was approached by one of the co-authors and found out they were working on this project,” Duffey explained. “That is when I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I was ready to tell my story.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

That’s because not only has Duffey dauntlessly disclosed of her assortment of testimonies while fortifying pure boldness and confidence but, more than anything, it seems that joining forces with a gallery of Christian-oriented authors has become a clear path toward her purpose.

Her destiny, too.


FOR IT IS WRITTEN…

“I chose to write this chapter, because I needed to heal from past hurts — physically and emotionally — and also let other women know that this kind of behavior should not be tolerated from the men in their life,” said Duffey, recalling her stormy, tumultuous past that was mired by her being victimized by a dark season of child molestation.

“I put up with it from age 14 to 30.  As I began to put my story on paper, I realized I had things locked away in secret places in my mind, and as those places were opened, I began to forgive those that had hurt me.”

To her credit, the more she customarily grasped the power of forgiveness, the more she began to gain closure to those things that previously kept her bound.


THE FIGHT WAS FIXED

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS — For Duffey, hearing other writers display a great deal of transparency regarding situations that essentially have shaped their lives for the better, in many aspects, fueled her desire to follow suit.

The more she began to gain closure to those things that previously kept her bound, the more God began to steer her toward her purpose.

The more God began to steer her toward her purpose, the more she began to discover just how much her immeasurable gifts were needed, particularly as it pertains to advancing the kingdom.

Look at her today, a true, big-hearted and devout woman of faith, pressing and navigating mightily toward her destiny for such a spirited, life-changing time as now.

Yep. That’s just like God.


“God has and is still using me to show empathy and compassion for women who have or are going through what I went through,” said Duffey, explaining how “I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2” has become part of the purpose for which God has created her. “It’s easy to tell someone to leave a horrible relationship when they have not been through one. Since I been through it all, I get it…some women just can’t pick up and leave. They have to stay and endure the hardship and pain. Those on the outside should be there for them and not be judgmental.”


Now that she has steadfastly exercised her faith through the world of authorship, Duffey has acknowledged that other books are on the horizon, much sooner than later.

And with “I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2” set to be released in the coming months, this brilliant and talent author has already become the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback.

So much for the rather turbulent, tumultuous, seemingly unbearable season in her life, one in which it seemed far too insurmountable to bear at times.

That was then.

This is now.

STAY TUNED — Now that she has steadfastly exercised her faith through the world of authorship, Duffey has acknowledged that other books are on the horizon, much sooner than later.

A new season, accompanied by new memories, accompanied new mercies — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“It’s been rough, watching my dad beat my mother constantly and trying kill her in front of us,” Duffey said. “Becoming a teenage girl and being beaten constantly, mistreated, beaten up, raped, sodomized…I can go on and on.  I felt hopeless.”

Still, amongst the things that Duffey has ultimately discovered is that in spite of her slew of hell and high water encounters, God had miraculous plans for her life.

“One day, I did a simple equation, 2-1=1,” Duffey recalled. “I realized that if I took myself out of the equation, that meant 1 less headache — the man in my life — and that’s what I finally did after so many years.  At 56 (years of age), I am married to a wonderful man. (I’m a) mother of six wonderful adult children, I have three stepchildren, 10 grandchildren, been on my job as a tax analyst for 32 years, and married to a wonderful man named Keith Duffey.”

Yep. That’s just like God, always providing for us an emphatic, memorable way of escape.


For more information about Atlanta-area Author, Lisa Duffey, or to order her book, schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing, or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013254542525. Also, send email to: lblocker27@outlook.com.


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Little Rock author/evangelist R. M. Hoof’s ‘Broken Alabaster Box’ having a massive kingdom impact


And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment; and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. (Luke 7:37-39 KJV) 


Because of who she is and because of where God is taking her, R. M. Hoof was willing to do whatever necessary to steadfastly cover her beloved daughter and others — with God, her Helper, steering the way.

Saying if, by chance, her daughter had become victimized by rape, Hoof — just as she was taught as a young child while being raised in a Christian environment — deemed it essential to turn to God for some much-needed sense of direction.


THE PROVERBS 31 AFFECT 

UNSHAKABLE FAITH — A native of Camden, Arkansas, R. M. Hoof of Little Rock is the mastermind behind the awe-inspiring book entitled, “Broken Alabaster Box,” a newly-project written document that is a little more than 11 months removed from its official release.

“I did not want my daughter to feel that if she was raped, that it was her fault or any other woman for that reason,” Hoof told Making Headline News this week.

As it turned out, God, His usual reliable Self, wasted little time guiding Hoof – this devout woman of faith — on a memorable, spiritually-enhancing journey, one whereby she would be afforded the golden opportunity to share of her assortment of testimonies in what has been widely dubbed a kingdom-advancing book.

A native of Camden, Arkansas, Hoof of Little Rock is the mastermind behind the awe-inspiring book entitled, “Broken Alabaster Box,” a newly-project written document that is a little more than 11 months removed from its official release.


BUY R. M. HOOF’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Alabaster-Box-Renita-Hoof/dp/0692063900

Released officially on January 29, 2018, Hoof’s “Broken Alabaster Box” is comprised of 154 pages in length and depicts the beautiful story of the woman with the alabaster box, a familiar development that is housed in the book of Luke in the New Testament, which Hoof cites has had a major impact on her.

“I once considered myself even lower than this woman, who had committed many sins,” Hoof, a longtime licensed evangelist, explained in a detailed breakdown of her book at Amazon.com. “But whose desire to honor Jesus in her own humble way, drove her to disregard not just the social protocol of the day, but others’ opinion of her. She honored Jesus by anointing His feet with expensive perfume contained in an alabaster box.”

But here’s the real breakthrough, Hoof reveals to the people of God in a book that’s also available at Barnes and Noble online and at Little Rock’s Pyramid Book Store (located at 1001 Wright Avenue).

“We all have an alabaster box that we can present to the Lord,” she said without hesitation.


MORE ON AUTHOR R. M. HOOF: https://www.renitahoof.com/

A book that Hoof – whose widely known as Renita Hoof — needed somewhere in the neighborhood of eight months to assemble, her authorship debut has been so remarkably impressive that her reading audience has already begun inquiring about whether she will produce other books.


“I have been asked countless times when is the second book coming out. I have been asked to speak at several churches about the book as well. I have been told that it was a page-turner and they could not put it down.” — Author Evangelist R. M. Hoof 


Having announced that she has speaking engagements lined up — “However, there are none at the time pertaining to the book,” she said — other books are currently in the works, Hoof said.

SPIRITUAL GPS SYSTEM — As it turned out, God, His usual reliable Self, wasted little time guiding Hoof – this devout woman of faith — on a memorable, spiritually-enhancing journey, one whereby she would be afforded the golden opportunity to share of her assortment of testimonies in what has been widely dubbed a kingdom-advancing book.

“Beyond The Brokenness and And Raising David and Deborah; Warriors,” said Hoof, revealing the names of her forthcoming written works.

When asked in what ways is her latest book apart of the purpose for which God has created her, Hoof said, “My ministry is to broken men and women. My heart has always gone out to them. It wasn’t until after the birth of the book that I realized my true call and purpose. The plan was then revealed.”

All things considered, coupled with the divine calling on her life, Hoof’s God-orchestrated plan has come full circle and, most importantly, it is steadily advancing the kingdom in the process.

THEY WANT MORE — A book that Hoof – whose widely known as Renita Hoof — needed somewhere in the neighborhood of eight months to assemble, her authorship debut has been so remarkably impressive that her reading audience has already begun inquiring about whether she will produce a second book.

“Broken Alabaster Box was birthed through the pain of a young woman who did not see herself through the eyes of God,” Hoof emphasized. “My vision was blurred and obscured. I only saw myself through the lens of my assailants.”

But God…

MASSIVE KINGDOM IMPACT — When asked in what ways is her latest book apart of the purpose for which God has created her, Hoof said, “My ministry is to broken men and women. My heart has always gone out to them. It wasn’t until after the birth of the book that I realized my true call and purpose. The plan was then revealed.”

“I had no self-worth and my self-esteem was only predicated on what someone else thought of me,” Hoof recalled. “Jealousy and insecurity ran ramped in my mind. Strong holds held my thoughts captive. It was only until I began to have a real relationship with God was I set free.”

That’s because of who she is and because of where God is taking her, she was willing to do whatever was necessary to steadfastly capture and sustain the abundant life that Christ came to give us — with God, her Helper, steering the way.


For more information about Little Rock, Arkansas author, Evangelist R. M. Hoof, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: https://www.facebook.com/renita.hoof.3. Also, send email to: RMJacksonHoof@uams.edu.


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Louisiana author Brenda Robinson obeys God’s Voice, savors her new book come to pass

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES BRENDA RAY ROBINSON 


For Brenda Ray Robinson, her much-anticipated breakthrough came wrapped up in a spiritual confession, of sorts.

“God spoke to me through my healing process three years ago, but I ignored His voice,” Robinson, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling the pivotal and memorable events that had ultimately given way to her having delved off into the competitive world of authorship. “I was hurt and shame. I didn’t want the world to know my business.”

What Robinson had eventually discovered, meanwhile, was that God wasn’t merely commanding that she tell all of her personal business.

WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED — And so it came to pass in December 2017 that Brenda Ray Robinson, a Shreveport, Louisiana-based author had witnessed the ceremonious release of her book entitled, “A Grace Filled Marriage: Marriage On A Mission.”

Rather, His strategic plan for her was that she devise ways to help advance the kingdom through her assortment of emotionally-driven and awe-inspiring testimonies.

And so it came to pass in December 2017 that Robinson, a Shreveport, Louisiana-based author, had witnessed the ceremonious release of her book entitled, “A Grace Filled Marriage: Marriage On A Mission.”

“It was enough that the few people knew (of my trying situation), but not the world,” Robinson said. “God told me to write and He will heal me.”

And just as He always does, God did just that.

BUY BRENDA ROBINSON’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Filled-Marriage-Mission/dp/1982061413

A book that is comprised of 98 pages in length, Robinson’s “A Grace Filled Marriage: Marriage On A Mission” is designed in large part to help encourage and equip couples to overcome the issues in their marriage, as mentioned in a synopsis of the book at Amazon.com.

Credit Robinson for having finally stepping aside and letting God be God.

“God told me He will prepare me for the purpose (of my book),” Robinson said. “I kept on writing and listening to sermons on marriage and infidelity.”

As time progressed, coupled with Robinson’s fervent act of obedience, God’s steadfastly began to heal and mature and, much to her delight, He began to bless her mightily for such a time as now.

Never mind that during extended period of time, she still managed to harbor a spirit of hardheadedness.

IF GOD SAID IT, THAT SETTLES IT — The very moment Robinson had effectively elected to follow God’s instructions, that essentially jump-started what has undoubtedly transformed into a much-anticipated harvest season.

“I still said, ‘Oh no, I won’t do it,’” Robinson said. “It took me two years to finally obey God’s voice. God said, ‘Didn’t I tell you everything will be okay and to have the book out by 201(7)?’ God told me to take the 7 out of 17 and that meant completion and 201(8) will be new beginning.”


And the rest, as they say, was history.

The very moment Robinson had effectively elected to follow God’s instructions, that essentially jump-started what has undoubtedly transformed into a much-anticipated harvest season.

Credit her for having finally stepping aside and letting God be God.

TEARS OF JOY — For Louisiana author and businesswoman Brenda Ray Robinson, her much-anticipated breakthrough came wrapped up in a spiritual confession, of sorts.

“God will never leave nor forsake you,” said Robinson, uttering the familiar, yet powerful words that make up Deuteronomy 31:6. “We have to know Gods voice and obey. Everything happens for a reason and a season. You have to go through the process to get to the purpose.”

To her credit, coupled with the divine calling on her life, Robinson has appropriately discovered her purpose amid arguably the most tumultuous season of her life.

A book that is comprised of 98 pages in length, Robinson’s “A Grace Filled Marriage: Marriage On A Mission” is designed in large part to help encourage and equip couples to overcome the issues in their marriage, as mentioned in a synopsis of the book at Amazon.com.

“Through the power of forgiveness and the rekindling of passion and purpose in marriage, they are confident that marriages can survive anything through the word of God and that passion can be restored,” said an Amazon.com spokesperson for Robinson’s “A Grace Filled Marriage: Marriage On A Mission.”

Since the release of her new book, Robinson has become the beneficiary of as assortment of rave reviews.

OH TASTE AND SEE — To her credit, coupled with the divine calling on her life, Robinson has appropriately discovered her purpose amid arguably the most tumultuous season of her life.

Thank God she was determined to possess a breakthrough even when reaping a breakthrough seemed very much farfetched.

“I wanted to let go, but God said, ‘No, I got you,’” Robinson recalled. “God said, ‘I will bless you and your way will be smooth.’ God let me know that He will comfort me and give me the strength to carry out this task so (my husband and I) can be a blessing to help other marriages and relationships heal.

“God gave me the title alone with the chapters that will fit my story and help heal hearts.”

Yep. That’s just like God, always providing for His people a way of escape.

Credit Robinson for having finally stepping aside and letting God be God.


For more information about Shreveport, Louisiana-based Author/Businesswoman Brenda Ray Robinson, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Brenda Ray Robinson. Also, send email to: rr7171rr77@gmail.com.


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Former Memphis-based Pastor Andrew Jackson, Sr. on retirement one year ago: ‘I have no regrets’

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SPECIAL FEATURE: PASTOR ANDREW JACKSON, SR.’S RETIREMENT: One Year Later

 

IT’S ALL GOOD, GOD — Despite a first full year of retirement in which he mourned the untimely death in March of his oldest child, Patricia Campbell, Andrew Jackson, Sr. described the past 12 months as sweet and enjoyable, in large part because he isn’t restricted to the weekly scheduled that gave way to him emerging as one of Memphis’ most decorated pastors for more than 45 years. The founder of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ, the institution Jackson established in 1969 will celebrate 48 years of dedicatory service on Sunday, June 4.

MEMPHIS — The final week in April was indeed a brutally draining one for rookie Senior Pastor Ivory Jackson, Sr., the newly-installed chief executive officer of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ.

So much, in fact, that while he was in attendance, he sensed he needed to take a much-needed hiatus from giving a fourth Sunday sermon to his congregation.

Pinch hitting for him in the pulpit that week: Andrew Jackson, Sr.

Much to the delight of the 200-or-so attendees who turned out for worship on what was an otherwise gloomy, overcast Sunday morning, Jackson, Sr. was his usual-reliable, straightforward self, spiritually empowering the very congregation he had become widely known for leading the previous 47-plus years.

A TRUE GENERAL — Pictured with wife, Shirley Jackson, 81, retired from pastoring one year ago this week. As a nice sendoff, his congregation, colleagues, and a host of well wishers around the country honored him during an emotional ceremony for an illustrious career that spanned 47 years.

“One of the things I’ve noticed in the church is that the joy is gone,” said Jackson, Sr., his familiar, eloquent voice echoing throughout the sanctuary’s loudspeakers. “Some bad stuff is going to happen in the church. But it’s going to be good for the church. God is going to bring judgment upon the church, because many aren’t doing the work of the church.”

To grasp a broader concept of why Jackson, Sr. had taken this type of approach during an introduction that lasted 14 minutes, look no further the modern-day church’s enthusiasm — or a lack thereof.

TRANSFER OF POWER — One year removed from Jackson, Sr.’s much-anticipated retirement, this week also marked the one-year anniversary of the pastoral tenure of Faith Temple’s current Senior Pastor, Ivory Jackson, Sr. (left).

“There are people who are excited about the church and they are telling people about it,” Jackson, Sr. said. “Many are looking for a church where there is excitement. He that winneth souls is wise.”

Some pretty provocative, riveting suggestions from a veteran man of the cloth who’s known for — you know — stirring the pot, if you will.

Faith Temple has since relocated to two South-Memphis-based locations, most notably its present site at 5191 Elvis Presley Boulevard, where it has been since 1989.

Amongst the reasons is that even after having reached one full year of retirement this week, this Pastor Emeritus doesn’t shy away from the notion that  if the modern-day church doesn’t recapture the excitement and enthusiasm with regards to advancing the kingdom, the possibility exists that non-believers won’t merely have a surrogate dilemma about which to pursue.

“God is allowing the world to become so frustrated so that you and I can provide them with an alternative,” Pastor said. “In order to get folk excited about your church, you’ve got to get excited about it. You can’t really fake it for long. I guarantee you if you get excited about your church, if you get involved, others will get excited. We can do some things. We’re right here on this main street.”

REMEMBERING PAT — Jackson described the recent death of his daughter as the “darkest hour” since his retirement. Pictured are his remaining five children (from left to right): Sharon Jackson, Barbara Jackson Sago, Derrick Jackson, Ivory Jackson, Sr., and Andrew Jackson, Jr.

The church to which Jackson, Sr. was alluding is the one he founded in 1969.

The very same church in which countless individuals have been persuaded to turn their lives over to Christ.

The very same church in which several licensed ministers had graciously answered their God-mandated calling by erecting their own respective ministries.

The very same church where he was recently seen standing in a familiar stance behind a fiber glass sacred desk, pleading with the present membership to devise ways to ensure that his historic ministry remains the progressive beacon of light on the corner of arguably one of the world’s most famous avenues long after he’s descended into glory.

Because, in case you’ve forgotten, this 81-year-old preacher now owns the covenant “emeritus” label, meaning he’s earned the right to savor every bit of the moment of what undoubtedly has been a pretty pleasurable retirement.

For the most part.

Prior to her untimely demise on March 29, Campbell was widely known as the First Lady of Rising Sun Outreach Ministries, which is in close proximity of the church her father founded. Campbell was 62.

“For me, it’s been sweet,” Jackson, Sr., during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, said despite a first full year of retirement that included him having to mourn the death of his daughter, Patricia Campbell, who lost her brief battle with cancer on March 29. It’s been great. I have not missed it like I thought I would. I looked forward to it. I have no regrets.”

Given the valiant pastoral contributions he’s rendered to the Body of Christ for nearly five decades, why should he?

A native of a rural Grady, Arkansas town that is approximately 2 ½ hours from Memphis, Jackson, Sr. had become a fixture for nearly two decades in the medical industry while simultaneously cultivating a keenness for ministry.

It wasn’t long after a notable three-year stint at Pastor Johnathan Rodgers’ Evangel Temple Church of God In Christ that Jackson, Sr. sensed the time had come that he branch off and start his own ministry.

The rest, as they say, was history.

CHANGING A GENERATION — Under Jackson, Sr.’s leadership, Faith Temple has evolved mightily, in large part because of his poised, spiritually gut-checking sermons, coupled with his unyielding commitment to inspiring those whom he was assigned to shepherd to walk in their destiny.

In 1969, Faith Temple Ministries Church was officially established, a longstanding institution that was organized in the heart of South Memphis with the help of Jackson, Sr.’s then-wife (now deceased), Lottie, their six children, and few family members.

KEEPING TRACK OF FAITH TEMPLE: https://www.ftmc.us/.

The church has since relocated to two South-Memphis-based locations, most notably its present site at 5191 Elvis Presley Boulevard, where it has been since 1989.

Under Jackson, Sr.’s leadership, Faith Temple has evolved mightily, in large part because of his poised, spiritually gut-checking sermons, coupled with his unyielding commitment to inspiring those to whom he was assigned to shepherd to steadfastly walk in their destiny.

Sounds familiar?

DIFFERENT FACE, SAME LAST NAME — Now that his son, Ivory Jackson, Sr., (pictured with his wife, Lisa) has assumed the role as Senior Pastor, Jackson, Sr. said he’s confident Faith Temple is headed in the right direction.

“I think it’s going to go beyond where it is when I turned it over,” said Jackson, Sr., when asked where he envisions Faith Temple will be over the next five years. “I don’t see it decreasing.”

Amongst the reasons is that Jackson, Sr., Faith Temple’s present membership, and its four-member board of directors deemed it essential to keep the future of the church in the family.

Literally.

One year removed from his much-anticipated retirement, this week also marked the one-year anniversary of the pastoral tenure of Faith Temple’s current Senior Pastor, Ivory Jackson, Sr. which, ironically, proved to be a rather intriguing moment for the originally face of this tradition-rich church to appropriately assess his successor’s showing since his ceremonious exit.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD — For the first time in 47 years last year, Faith Temple Ministries named a new Senior Pastor to lead its congregation.

“I think it’s been good,” Jackson, Sr. said of his son’s first full year in his new role. “I can’t say that there were any problems that were of any consequences. So the past year, he’s done an excellent job. The members have been very supportive of him. There’s really been no real problems other than what you deal with in pastoring.”

RAISING THE BAR — All things considered, Jackson, Sr. (pictured with his wife, Shirley) doesn’t shy away from the notion that the very ministry he founded some 48 years ago will continue to ascend now that the baton has been passed down from father to son.

All things considered, Jackson, Sr. doesn’t shy away from the notion that the ministry he founded some 48 years ago will continue to ascend and thrive now that the baton has been passed down from father to son.

Sounds familiar?

“I guess be lying if I said I didn’t miss (pastoring) at all,” said Jackson, Sr. whom, to his well-deserved credit, has been the beneficiary of frequent extended vacations as a newly-installed retiree with his bride, the former Shirley Perry. “I’ve moved into a different phase of my life where I can do what I want to do without any restrictions.”

Well, with the exception of the final Sunday in April.

“I haven’t preached my message yet,” Jackson, Sr. exhibiting a smile, said while addressing the congregation on the importance of fortifying some excitement for ministry. “Then again, maybe I am. Maybe, this is a prelude.”

Some things change. Some things stay the same.

But one thing’s for certain.

Jackson, Sr. will routinely put it to you rather straightforwardly and candidly.

Emeritus label and all.

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.