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Texas mother Aleesha Simmons remembering her son’s legacy through a notable non-profit organization

DOING IT FOR DOUG

REMEMBERING DOUG — According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Doug Williams — who lettered in football, basketball, and track and field for Dallas’ Franklin D. Roosevelt High School — was conditioning in April at a nearby park when he suddenly passed out. To no avail, first responders could not resuscitate him. Williams’ mother, Aleesha Simmons, has since established “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” her rising nonprofit organization that is presently in the works and is scheduled to officially go into operations within “four-to-six weeks,” she said.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — For Aleesha Simmons, it is a dejected, demoralizing feeling she’s repeated said she doesn’t want another mother to have to convey.

The discomfort to which she is alluding is the shocking death of her son, Doug Williams, a then-multi-sport athlete at Dallas’ Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, whose life was cut short back in April amid a sudden cardiac arrest.
He was 16.
According to a report at https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html, sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition.
If SCA is not treated immediately, it can lead to sudden cardiac death (or SCD) within minutes, the report said.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Williams — who lettered in football, basketball, and track and field — was conditioning at a nearby park when he suddenly passed out. To no avail, first responders could not resuscitate him.

MORE ON SIMMON’S NONPROFIT: https://www.dougsrun.org/

At the time of his death, Williams reportedly was hours removed from having rededicated his life to Christ.

“After my 16-year-old son passed away suddenly in April due to the sudden cardiac arrest, it left me so lost and confused,” Simmons told Making Headline News this week. “And I feel like I didn’t want any other mother to have to go through this, especially not even knowing that something was even wrong.”

While Simmons and her family undoubtedly will be affected by the sudden demise of her son for the rest of their lives, she has — to her credit — deemed it essential to carry on Williams’ legacy through a notable cause.

As Simmons explained, while a majority of the Roosevelt High School community is still very affected by her son’s death, a number of fellow church members and close acquaintances are backing her mightily on bringing about awareness through her fledgling organization.

A native of Chicago who works primarily as a Dallas/Fort Worth-area customer service specialist, Simmons is the founder and director of “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” her rising nonprofit organization that is presently in the works and is scheduled to officially go into operations within “four-to-six weeks,” she said.

Through “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” Simmon’s strategic mission is centered largely on stopping the vastly growing epidemic of sudden cardiac arrest, particularly amongst youth athletes, she told MHN.

In order for this to happen, parents, student athletes, and trainers must become knowledgeable about the various symptoms related to cardiac arrest so that her organization, in turn, can appropriately assist in setting up the necessary screenings, etc.

GOD’S PLAN…GOD’S PLAN — At the time of his death, Williams reportedly was hours removed from having rededicated his life to Christ.

Interestingly, “Doug’s Run To The Finish” will host community-wide events during which it will provide credible resources and pertinent information, as well CPR training, which would involve educating certified individuals on how to properly use a defibrillator, Simmons said.

In addition, Simmons emphasized she will execute the essential steps to ensure that area sports teams are equipped with defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in the event a student athlete collapses.

As Simmons explained, while a majority of the Roosevelt High School community is still very much affected by her son’s death, a number of fellow church members and close acquaintances are backing her mightily on bringing about awareness through her fledgling organization.


“(I thank) my pastor (Andrew Jackson Jr.), my family and close friends who are deeply affected by my son’s sudden passing,” Simmons said. “This mission is very near and dear to my heart, because the day I lost my son was by far the worst day that I’ve ever experienced in my life.”


For what it’s worth, Simmons has often struggled, particularly with regards to seeing a silver-lining, of sorts, in the wake of Williams’ untimely death.

“Someone told me that my son was a seed and his passing was just the seed being planted and this mission is the fruits of that seed sprouting up and manifesting,” Simmons explained. “So my son lives on through saving the lives of others.”

While Simmons and her family undoubtedly will be affected by the sudden demise of her son for the rest of their lives, she has — to her credit — deemed it essential to carry on Williams’ legacy through a notable cause.

A nonprofit organization that’s geared toward individuals ranging mostly between the ages five-to-25, Simmons said amongst the factors about which she has become thoroughly persuaded is that her son undoubtedly fulfilled the purpose for which God created him.

Now it’s time to effectively carry out his legacy through a notable organization that figures to not just change a generation, but to impact it in the process.

After all, Simmons is fully convinced that is what her young, vibrant, speedy multi-sport athlete of a son would have wanted.


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According to a report at https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html, sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition. Williams was 16 at the time of his death.

“My goal is for this campaign to go as far and as wide as it possibly can,” said Simmons, whose organization is already becoming a fixture throughout the DFW Metroplex. “(I’m doing this) knowing that my son’s life has a purpose.”

A purpose that’s still very much justifiable to this day — and beyond.

How befitting for a well-rounded student athlete whom, much to his credit, ran to the finish.


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Aleesha Simmons of “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” to make a monetary donation, to schedule her for public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/aleesha.simmons.


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Texas ‘Living Legend’ Bishop John Lewis Johnson to be honored for 60 years as Senior Pastor of Greater Progressive COGIC


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)


60 SHADES OF GRACE 

FORT WORTH, Texas — Bishop John Lewis Johnson.

Clearly, such a name ought to ring a bell, should have by now undoubtedly become a fixture throughout the historic Church of God In Christ, a religious-based organization that is widely regarded as the largest Pentecostal church and the fifth largest Christian church in the country.
To grasp a thorough concept of why Bishop Johnson should have garnered a well-respected, unprecedented presence in the national church at this stage in his ministerial tenure, look no further than his immeasurable, well-publicized track record as one of Texas’ oldest clergymen, who is the Senior Pastor of Greater Progressive Church of God In Christ in Fort Worth.
To his distinctly unique credit, Bishop Johnson’s pastoral career is nearing an unprecedented six decades, an awe-inspiring, unfathomable feat that will be commemorated during his 60th Pastoral celebration on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. CST at Dayspring Family Church, located at 618 North Belt Lane Road in nearby Irving.

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY — To his distinctly unique credit, Bishop John Lewis Johnson’s pastoral career is nearing an unprecedented six decades, an awe-inspiring, unfathomable feat that will be commemorated during his 60th Pastoral celebration on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. CST at Dayspring Family Church, located at 618 North Belt Lane Road in nearby Irving.

A gallery that will be comprised of his membership, colleagues, family members, and a host of well-wishers will collectively engage in a celebratory praise and worship service, during which they will pay homage to 93-year-old Bishop Johnson, who has been the face of Greater Progressive COGIC dating back to May 23, 1959.

The service will be highlighted by a featured speaker, Superintendent Melton R. Timmons, the Senior Pastor of Jones Valley Community COGIC in Tyler, Texas.

Timmons serves as Secretary for COGIC’s National Board of Trustees.


THE CHURCH’S HIGHEST OFFICE 

All things considered, Bishop Johnson has surely earned the right to be celebrated for his exceptional body of work as one of God’s beloved spokesperson, one who has evolved as a beacon of light in his own right, particularly in the national church.

Having sold out completely to God on February 15, 1949 at the tender age of 23, it was within the walls of the very historic church he pastors that he surrendered his life to Christ.

A little more than a year later — April 26, 1950, to be technical — Bishop Johnson had graciously accepted his divine calling to preach the Gospel.

To his credit, he’s been on God’s battlefield ever since, considering his ministerial resume includes having served under the leadership of the late Elder D.C. Littlefield, during which he was the Greater Progressive COGIC’s Assistant Pastor for just shy of a decade.

Interestingly, Bishop Johnson was officially ordained as an Elder in 1959, a milestone that had ultimately given way to his ceremoniously appointment by the late Bishop F. L. Haynes as Senior Pastor of Greater Progressive on May 23, 1959 (he was installed by the late Bishop D. L. Smith).


Following a notable presence in the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction — a stint that included having assumed roles as trustee and chairman of the Board of Superintendents, as well as a Program Planning Committee member — Bishop Johnson was promoted to Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Bishop on December 29, 1992. Consequently, he was consecrated as an Auxiliary Bishop by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake Sr. during COGIC’s 109th National Holy Convocation on November 13, 2016.


Years before assuming his heavenly promotion to the highest office in the church, Bishop Johnson was the beneficiary of an honorary doctorate by Dallas’ Paul Quinn College on October 17, 1990.

Three years later, he was recognized by a host of delegates in the Fort Worth Community when he was deemed a “Living Legend.”

Bishop Johnson is the former husband to the late Mother Alma Katherine Johnson, a union that lasted 65 years before her demise.

Labeled a “gospel giant” by his peers and colleagues, Bishop Johnson’s unparalleled preaching tenure spans nearly seven decades, a stint that’s also accompanied by 49 years as a District Superintendent and 44 years as a Jurisdictional Administrative Assistant.


WELL DONE 

MASSIVE TRACK RECORD — All things considered, Bishop Johnson has undoubtedly earned the right to be celebrated for his exceptional body of work as one God’s beloved spokesperson, one who has evolved as a beacon of light in his own right, particularly in the national church.

A pastoral career that will reach 60 years as of May 23, Bishop Johnson currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Prelate, Bishop J.E. Hornsby.

Clearly, such a name ought to ring a bell, should have undoubtedly become a fixture throughout the historic Church of God In Christ.

For 60 years…and counting.


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Dallas/Fort Worth Pastor Edward Taylor continuing Deliverance Chapel COGIC’s longstanding mission as its beloved leader


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV)


CARRYING THE MANTLE 

DIFFERENT LEADER, SAME MISSION — A notable faith-based resume that is comprised of Edward Taylor being widely dubbed a well-respected preacher, teacher, evangelist, worshipper, father, and counselor, he has appropriately assumed his rightful place as the face of the historic Deliverance Chapel Church of God In Christ, located at 1438 Hortense Avenue.

DALLAS — For the record, it is a testimony that Edward Taylor deems it a foregone conclusion to share with the masses.

Every single chance he gets.

Just recently, Taylor found himself disclosing it once again, reliving the awe-inspiring notion that had it not been for the Lord on his side then, chances are, he wouldn’t merely know where he’d be.

Then again, he does have an idea, to put it rather bluntly.
“Had God not changed my life when He did, I would probably be dead or in jail,” Edwards, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling the memorable, life-altering developments that led to his rise as an accomplished man of the cloth. “Also, I know if He changed my life, he can do it for someone else. So I take reaching the lost — evangelism — really serious.”
To grasp a thorough understanding of why Taylor would be considered a proverbial nuts and bolts — or a going by the book — type of minister, look no further than not just how God has provided for him a way of escape time and again.
Oh…and while you’re at it, look no further than how he’s diligently going about serving the people of God.
A notable faith-based resume that is comprised of Taylor being widely dubbed a well-respected preacher, teacher, evangelist, worshipper, father, and counselor, he has appropriately assumed his rightful place as the face of the historic Deliverance Chapel Church of God In Christ, located at 1438 Hortense Avenue.
Installed as an ordained elder approximately two years later by the late Bishop J. Neaul Haynes, the former Prelate of the Texas Northeast First Jurisdictional, Taylor consequently served closely under late Superintendent Kelley Jr., a stint that would ultimately give way to his official installation as Deliverance Chapel’s Pastor months after Kelley Jr.’s untimely demise, despite having founded Dallas’ El Shaddai Temple Church of God In Christ in August 2011.

A tradition-rich institution that’s housed in the historic Oak Cliff community of Dallas, Deliverance Chapel has embraced wholeheartedly the keen leadership of Taylor, 53, since the longtime minister was installed as its third Senior Pastor in 2017.

Having succeeded the late Superintendent Elijah Kelley Jr., who passed away on November 19, 2016 at the age of 54, Taylor has made immeasurable strides since assuming the Senior Pastoral duties and, much to his delight, his congregation has unquestionably and gracefully received him in the process.

Deliverance Chapel was founded in 1981 by the late Superintendent Elijah Kelley, Sr. and his wife, Elect Lady Geneva Kelley.

“Although (I was) raised in a single parent home, my mother always taught me to work hard and never let anyone tell me what I can’t do or attain,” said Taylor, recalling the No. 1 key value he was taught as a child.

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SERVING WITH EXCELLENCE — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Taylor would be considered a proverbial nuts and bolts — or a going by the book — type of minister, look no further than not just how God has provided him a way of escape time and again, but look no further than how he has gone about serving the people of God.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Taylor and his family relocated from the Magnolia to the Lone Star State in 2004, approximately nine years after he had effectively accepted his calling to preach the gospel.

Interestingly, even before God had strategically set Taylor aside for His use, this young preacher endured a tumultuous season in the wilderness, one that was mired by his constant drug addiction.

All things considered, coupled with divine purpose for which he was created, even a somewhat lengthy connection to drugs wasn’t enough to steer Taylor to a premature death, mind you.


LEAST WE FORGET 

REMEMBERING HIS PREDICESSORS  — Having succeeded the late Superintendent Elijah Kelley Jr., who passed away on November 19, 2016 at the age of 54, Taylor has made immeasurable strides since assuming Senior Pastor duties and, much to his delight, his congregation has unquestionably and gracefully received him in the process.

If nothing else, it seemed that such a downtrodden and gloomy season of his life only impressed upon the heart of his Creator to come after him the more. So much so that this young, gifted preacher from the “SIP” (a historic abbreviation for Mississippi) had no choice but to do away with his potentially dead-end addiction, thus pick up his cross and obey God’s specific commands that included, among other things, leading His people for such a time as now.

Because at the end of the real day, Taylor was taught, more than anything, that only what you do for Christ will last.

AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

Armed with well over three decades of experience in the ministry, Taylor is especially appreciative of the valiant and unyielding support of Elect Lady Tangela Taylor, his wife of 15 years, who serves alongside him in ministry.

Here he is today, functioning mightily in his element as the chief executive officer of one of the most longstanding ministries in Dallas/Fort Worth which, to his credit, is a far cry from those days back home in Mississippi, where the adversary sensed he had Taylor right where he wanted him.

But God…

SERVANT’S HEART — For what it’s worth, this national COGIC Adjutant has been serving ever since — serving with a pure and contrite heart, serving immense adherence and trustworthiness, serving according to God’s purpose.

“(My ) family is very supportive, especially my mother and adult children,” said Taylor, explaining his transition to Senior Pastor nearly two years ago.

Armed with well over three decades of experience in the ministry, Taylor is especially appreciative of the valiant and unyielding support of Elect Lady Tangela Taylor, his wife of 15 years, who serves alongside him in ministry.


 

“The Lord has blessed us to work together to accomplish great things in the ministry,” Taylor said of his companion’s unparalleled support. “Our greatest desire is to take the church to another level and build the people and let God grow the church. Deliverance Chapel is a united body, and is definitely a good church to go to heaven from.”

Credit Taylor’s predecessor as arguably the biggest reason why.

Taylor joined Deliverance Chapel in 2004 after serving a brief tenure under Pastor Joe Starks of Shady Gove Church of God In Christ in nearby Irving, Texas.

RIGHT WHERE GOD WANTS HIM — Here is Taylor today, functioning mightily in his element as the chief executive officer of one of the most longstanding ministries in Dallas/Fort Worth which, to his credit, is a far cry from the days back home in Mississippi, where the adversary sensed that he had Taylor right where he wanted him. But God…

Installed as an ordained elder approximately two years later by the late Bishop J. Neaul Haynes, the former Prelate of the Texas Northeast First Jurisdictional, Taylor consequently served closely under Superintendent Kelley Jr.

Such a stint would ultimately give way to Taylor’s official installation as Deliverance Chapel’s Pastor months after Kelley Jr.’s untimely demise, despite having founded Dallas’ El Shaddai Temple Church of God In Christ in August 2011.

Deliverance Chapel was founded in 1981 by the late Superintendent Elijah Kelley, Sr. and his wife, Elect Lady Geneva Kelley.

Prior to assuming his Pastoral assignment in Texas, Taylor served at Amazing Institutional Church of God in Christ in Jackson, Mississippi, under the leadership of Superintendent Marcus Butler.

Currently, Taylor serves as Evangelist President to Bishop Nathaniel De’Anthony Wells, the Prelate of Texas Northeast Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

Asked when he sensed that God was strategically him for ministry, Taylor said without hesitation: “When I accepted my calling at age 30.”

A PROVEN LEADER — A tradition-rich institution that’s housed in the historic Oak Cliff community of Dallas, Deliverance Chapel has embraced wholeheartedly the keen leadership of Taylor, 53, since the longtime minister was installed as its third Senior Pastor in 2017.

For what it’s worth, though, this national COGIC Adjutant has been serving conscientiously ever since — serving with a pure and contrite heart, serving with immense adherence and trustworthiness, serving according to God’s purpose.

Most of all, he’s serving fervently from God’s perspective.

Which, because of the divine calling on his life, is a far cry from those days back home in Mississippi, where the adversary sensed he had him right where he wanted him.

But God…


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Edward Taylor of Deliverance Chapel Church of God In Christ, or to schedule him for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 214.371.1744, or connect with him via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/deliverancechapel.cogic.9. Also, to follow Deliverance Chapel’s Live Stream, log on to: https://www.facebook.com/deliverance.chapel.98.


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Texas gospel singer Bryan Ezell advancing the kingdom, following in the massive footsteps of his parents


O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1 KJV)


DALLAS — Diana Sheffield Richards is a dear friend to Bryan Ezell.

On Tuesday morning, she deemed it essential to enlighten her social media followers of just how much she admires Ezell, a rising fixture in this ever-so-competitive gospel music industry.

“This is so cool! I can’t wait to see my friend, Bryan Ezell, sing at the Choice Competition. And it’s for a great cause!” Richards wrote in a Facebook post, alluding to Ezell’s forthcoming appearance at the Choice Singing Competition Friday night.

PREPARE YE THE WAY 

SET ASIDE FOR GOD’S USE — A native of a small, unincorporated community known as Tom, Oklahoma, Bryan Ezell, 41, has made his presence felt as an accomplished gospel recording artist, whose immeasurable talents are steadily advancing the kingdom mightily for such a pivotal time as now.

For Ezell, Richards’ public celebratory shout out is just a microcosm of the kind of unyielding support this gifted and talent Sherman, Texas-based singer has garnered in recent years.

A native of a small, unincorporated community known as Tom, Oklahoma, Ezell, 41, has made his presence felt as an accomplished gospel recording artist, whose immeasurable talents are steadily advancing the kingdom mightily for such a pivotal time as now.

“I have been singing all of my life, and the older I got, I started thinking more about how instead of singing to other people’s music, why not make my own songs and sing them how I want to,” Ezell told Making Headline News this week. “I had an ear for music and could pay attention to the minute details of sound quality. That challenged me to begin creating favorable sounds as it was revealed to me.”

RUNNING WITH THE VISION — A gospel music tenure that spans more than 15 years, Ezell has gone to great lengths to become more of a gospel artist who customarily wears many hats, considering he possesses the immeasurable smarts as an audio engineer and music producer.

Widely known as a PK — or a Preacher’s Kid, considering he’s the son of Pastor and Mrs. James Ezell (Annie) of Latter Rain Church of God In Christ in nearby Sherman — Bryan Ezell credits his parents as his “first inspirations,” in large part because aside from literally being raised in the church, he grew up watching his father showcase his musical talents in a group called “The Inspirational Gospel Singers.”

“My mom used to sing all the time around the house, and they both made my sisters and I sing too,” Bryan Ezell recalled. “My friend, Whalion Dewberry, and his brother, the late Tony Dewberry, inspired me to play the guitar, as well as my grandpa, Lewis Joshua. I thought they were the coolest guys around as I watched them play for the church and the gospel group my dad was in.”

A gospel music tenure that spans more than 15 years, Bryan Ezell has gone to great lengths to become more of a gospel artist, who customarily wears many hats, considering he possesses the immeasurable smarts as an audio engineer and music producer.

Talk about savoring the fruits of his labor, this for an overwhelmingly gifted PK whom, because of the divine calling on his life, is witnessing his gifts steadily make room for him.


“I get to do exactly what I love to do as an occupation while creating ways to connect with people in various ways,” said Bryan Ezell, whose musical talents accommodate mostly pre-teen to adults. “(My personal mission is) to connect with mankind on a natural level, to encourage and empower their spirit, and to show that Jesus can lead the way to a better life if we turn it around and live right.”


A product of the Ezell Legacy Group, LLC, Bryan Ezell also offers music services to individuals of all ages at his family’s Trinity One Records LLC studio.

Having begun singing a the tender age of two, amongst the notable lessons he was taught is that never should he accept anyone’s “No” when God has emphatically said “Yes.”

“Because I have been told to stick to my day job and been told “no,” Bryan Ezell explained. “And I vowed to rise above those statements, even if I had to do it myself, and that’s what I did.”

After all, if he’s heard it once, he’s likely heard it countless of times.

That is, whatever you do for Christ will last.


ADVANCING THE KINGDOM 

TRAINING HIM UP — Widely known as a PK — or a Preacher’s Kid, considering he’s the son of Pastor and Mrs. James Ezell (Annie) of Latter Rain Church of God In Christ in nearby Sherman, Texas — Bryan Ezell credits his parents as his “first inspirations,” in large part because aside from literally being raised in the church, he grew up watching his father showcase his musical talents in a group called “The Inspirational Gospel Singers.”

And, if God said it, that settles it.

Let the church say Amen.

“I didn’t give up after hearing (‘no’),” Bryan Ezell said. “I press the gas and grew from it, and that’s what I tell anybody. Abide in your calling and don’t give up if you believe you can do it, because nobody can stop your progress, but you.”

Talk about savoring the fruits of his labor, this for an overwhelmingly gifted PK whom, because of the divine calling on his life, is witnessing his gifts steadily make room for him.


For more information about Texas Gospel Recording Artist Bryan Ezell, or to schedule him for an appearance, call Veronica Ezell of Ezell Legacy Group, LLC at 888-814-4632. Also, connect with him via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/bryan.ezell.98, or send email to: info@ezelllegacygroup.com.


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Daughter of Memphis Pastor receives double transplant, erases memory of 22-year-long battle with kidney failure, diabetes

DALLAS — One single phone call over the weekend had ultimately given way to Ivory Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Tamara, violating traffic laws for all the right reasons.

Surely, he didn’t seem to mind.

“She drove 94 (miles per hours) all the way to Jackson,” Jackson Sr., during an interview Tuesday morning with Making Headline News, said, alluding to his daughter’s three-hour commute from Memphis to the capital of Mississippi.


MISSISSIPPI MIRACLE 

DADDY’S LIVING MIRACLE — During a phone call from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday evening, Ebony — who was in dire need of kidney and pancreas translates, or a “double transplant,” according to her father — learned that perfect matches had been cited for both, news that jumpstarted her life’s long-awaited comeback.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Tamara Jackson had gone nearly 25 miles above the speed limit for an extended period of time, look no further than the challenging, sometimes tempestuous occurrences involving her sister, Ebony Jackson.

At the tender age of 10, Ebony was diagnosed with kidney failure. As if that wasn’t enough to send shock waves throughout her family, she was also diagnosed as a Juvenile Diabetic Type 1.

According to a report at https://www.mayoclinic.org/, this type of diabetes is a condition in which a child’s body no longer produces an important hormone (or insulin).

BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER — At the tender age of 10, Ebony was diagnosed with kidney failure. As if that wasn’t enough to send shocks waves throughout her family, she was also diagnosed as a Juvenile Diabetic Type 1.

As a result, the child would customarily need insulin to survive and would have to replace the missing insulin. Also, Type 1 diabetes in children is commonly known as “juvenile diabetes,” or “insulin-dependent diabetes.”

Type 1 diabetes in children, in fact, requires consistent care. However, advances in blood sugar monitoring and insulin delivery have improved the daily management of the condition.

For Ebony Jackson, 33, her diagnosis, which lasted a little more than two decades, had come to what appeared to be a ceremonious end over the weekend.

During a phone call from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday evening, Ebony — who was in dire need of kidney and pancreas translates, or a “double transplant,” according to her father — learned that perfect matches had been cited for both, news that jumpstarted her life’s long-awaited comeback.


FAITH ON TRIAL 

GOD’S CO-PILOT — One single phone call over the weekend had ultimately given way to Ivory Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Tamara, violating traffic laws for all the right reasons. “She drove 94 (miles per hours) all the way to Jackson,” Jackson, during an interview Tuesday morning with Making Headline News, said, alluding to his daughter’s three-hour commute from Memphis to the capital of Mississippi.

“I felt like I was floating. My thoughts are still all over the place, as are my emotions,” Ebony wrote in an 8:52 a.m. CST Facebook post before her 1,300-plus social media followers on Saturday. “But I do know that God answered my prayers.”

He didn’t just answer the fervent prayers of this courageous, yet sometimes animated PK — or Pastor’s Kid, according to those in the church world — but that Ebony underwent surgery the next day, during which she was the beneficiary of a new kidney and pancreas essentially had given way to a testimony service orchestrated by her father Sunday morning within the walls of the church her grandfather founded nearly 50 years ago.

“I guess God had something to do with the timing of it,” Ivory Jackson Sr., the Senior Pastor of Memphis’ Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ, said, alluding to his daughter’s surgical procedure that took place the day before his father’s 83rd birthday and 12 days before what would have been his mother’s 84th birthday. “The call happened on Friday as far as making preparations. The transplant happened on Saturday, and I wanted to get to church on Sunday to bring back good news.”


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

THE ROMANS 8:37 AFFECT — God didn’t just answer the fervent prayers of this courageous, yet animated PK — or Pastor’s Kid, according to those in the church world — but that Ebony underwent surgery the next day, during which she was the beneficiary of a new kidney and pancreas essentially had given way to testimony service, of sorts, unfolding Sunday morning within the walls of the church her grandfather founded nearly 50 years ago.

For Jackson Sr., it was the kind of “good news” that ironically seemed synonymous to the sermon he had given hours after returning from Jackson. The topic: “What’s In Your Heart?”

For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume his daughter whom, months leading to her double transplant, had kept her social media followers abreast of her journey, already answered such an inquiry long before her father had posed the question to his congregation.

Having described his daughter as a “fighter” much like her late grandmother, Lottie Jackson, who passed away in October 2012, Ebony’s surgical breakthrough comes a little more than 22 years after her unlikely diagnosis.

FAMILY FOCUS — For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume his daughter whom, months leading to her double transplant, had keep her kept her social media followers abreast of her journey, already answered such an inquiry long before her father had posed the question to his congregation.

Because God was working diligently behind the scenes on her behalf, this wasn’t merely a proverbial Catch 22, mind you. If nothing else, the dramatic sequence of events surrounding Ebony’s condition is a testament of how she has steadfastly kept God the Focal Point during her immeasurable, yet sometimes stormy journey.

For her valiant efforts, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith, she was finally able to erase of the memory of a two-plus-decade-long affliction, which could have potentially given way to a premature death.

But God…

LOTTIE’S LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN — All that matters at this point, really, is that Ebony, whose drawn much comparison to her late grandmother, underwent successful surgery and is on the road to recovery. Jackson posed for a postgame photo with former Oklahoma City Thunder and current Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant in 2013.

“I was very excited and it was actually surreal to me,” said Ivory Jackson Sr., recalling his immediate reaction after fielding a phone call late Friday night from Ebony, who shared with him the good news surrounding her condition. “I was in the middle of a business transaction and was about to stop and go (take her myself.)”


It wasn’t long after the phone call for which Ebony had desperately waited that she began to prepare to make the three-hour trip down Interstate 55 to Jackson.

Then came Tamara, Jackson Sr.’s other daughter whom, to her credit, not only replaced her father in the driver seat, but she put the pedal to the metal in relatively unorthodox and speedy fashion.

Never mind that she deemed it essentially to violate a few traffic laws in the process.

All that matters at this point, really, is that Ebony — whose spiritual music talents have drawn much comparisons to her late grandmother — underwent successful surgery and, for good measure, is on a much-anticipated road to recovery.


OKCOMEBACK FOR THE AGES

DESTINY STEPS — For her valiant efforts, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith, Ebony was finally able to erase of the memory of a two-plus-decade-long affliction that could have potentially given way to a premature death. But God…

What a memorable journey it was, as evidenced by the good news her father disclosed before his congregation Sunday morning.

“The people told her to go ahead and pack her bags, because she wouldn’t have to wait long,” said Jackson Sr., whose daughter was added to the Mississippi transplant waiting list  roughly two months ago. “My daughter called (Friday night) and was crying. This was the best news I have ever heard.”

So much for that 94-mile-per-hour drive down I-55 for what unequivocally has emerged as the Mississippi Miracle.


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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.


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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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Mid-South author Racheal E. Jackson’s prophecy, end time book is a pivotal reminder of God’s strategic plans for His children

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV)


MEMPHIS — For what it’s worth, Racheal E. Jackson’s faith walk can be appropriately summed up in one single sentence.

That is, she undoubtedly has heaven on her mind.

To grasp a thorough concept of this notion, look no further than Jackson’s immeasurable spiritual body of work, a trend that, to her credit, has been highlighted by an awe-inspiring endeavor that figures to advance the kingdom for years to come.

GOD’S LEADING LADY LEADING — A devout minister in her own right, Racheal E. Jackson the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Understanding Bible Prophecy And End Time Events: Bible Prophecy Made Easy.”

A devout minister in her own right, Jackson is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Understanding Bible Prophecy And End Time Events: Bible Prophecy Made Easy.”

“World events are so chaotic today, causing heightened interest and fear of eschatological events among non-Christians, as well as Christians, leaving them fearful and searching for answers,” Jackson told Making Headline News this week. “The scriptures are not silent about the future of our world, and the events leading to the end of this age. God has revealed His plan for us through His prophetic pages of His book: The Bible.”

And, to her distinctly unique credit, Jackson deemed it essential some four years to steadfastly assume the monumental task of revealing God’s strategic plan for His people, courtesy of an informative and spiritually gut-checking written document designed to empower mankind to — for a lack of better words — assess the overall landscape of its life.


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A book that is comprised of 82 pages in length, it’s safe to assume that Jackson’s “Understanding Bible Prophecy And End Time Events: Bible Prophecy Made Easy” has been dubbed a constant page-turner since its much-anticipated release in October 2014.

And, though her book is a little more than four years removed from making its presence on the market, this brilliant and talent Christian writer doesn’t shy away from the notion that not only can her four-year-old book reignite a buzz amongst her reading audience but, most importantly, it could surely achieve the purpose for which she was assigned to assemble it.

That is, her compelling book is destined to serve as a spiritual GPS system, of sorts, for helping steer people to Christ.

“This book is written so that the average person can understand Bible prophecy and end time events,” said a spokesperson for Jackson’s book at Amazon.com. “The scriptures are basic scriptures to study so that you can share the good news of Jesus Christ to a dying world. I pray that this book bless you and encourage you in the Lord.”

So far, so good for Jackson, who needed somewhere in the neighborhood of two years to assemble her first book, one that’s suitable for Bible study and conducting seminars, in large part because of the three primary questions that customarily arise, she acknowledged.

ON GOD’S BATTLEFIELD — Jackson deemed it essential some four years to steadfastly assume the monumental task of revealing God’s plan for His people, courtesy of an informative and spiritually gut-checking written document designed to empower mankind to — for a lack of better words — assess the overall landscape of its life.

Such thought-provoking inquiries are:

  • How can I understand and relate to subject matter offered by various prophetic teachers?
  • Is the book of Revelation literal or symbolic, and how can I comprehend and interpret its meaning?
  • Where can I find this information in the Bible on my own?

As Jackson is swift to point out, these questions essentially are what fueled her spiritual drive to compose “Understanding Bible Prophecy And End Time Events: Bible Prophecy Made Easy.”

Or, according to her forthright heads up, “To make Bible prophecy easier to understand,” Jackson said without hesitation. “The content of this handbook is modest in length and information. However, it is designed for ease of readability and review.”

Interestingly, Jackson’s book features an assortment of visual aids, most notably charts, maps, and other compelling and eye-catching images, all of which are designed to offer what she describes as a variety of graphic support to the visual learner.


PURCHASE RACHEAL E. JACKSON’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Bible-Prophecy-Time-Events/dp/1503009351

CREATING A BODY OF GLOBAL BUZZ — Although her book is a little more than four years removed since making its presence on the market, this brilliant and talent Christian writer doesn’t shy away from the notion that not only can her four-year-old book reignite a buzz amongst her reading audience but, most importantly, it could surely achieve the purpose for which she was assigned to assemble it.

Having announced that other books are on the horizon, Jackson emphasized that her divine message for writing her prophecy and end times book is a pivotal reminder, whereby she’s assuring people that God is in total control of the chaotic events that are presently happening in our world — particularly during what many Biblical historians have deemed “the last of the last and evil days.”

“(This book) is erasing fear and filling us with joy and excitement as we look forward to the plans that God has in store for His children,” Jackson, a longtime member of Memphis’ Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ, said. “I feel so honored that God has given me the ministry gift of teaching His precious word with a concentration in Eschatology.”

All the while having a heaven on her mind in the process.

For more information about Mid-South-area Author Racheal E. Jackson, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, call Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ at 901.398.1136, or connect with her via Facebook under: Racheal Jackson. Also, send email to: rachealjackson2@gmail.com.


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Texas author Annie Ezell’s empowering book helping others ‘see their potential through pain’


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Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)


DALLAS — Long before Annie Ezell became the First Lady of Latter Rain Church of God In Christ in nearby Sherman, Texas, God had strategically introduced her to an awe-inspiring vision, one that essentially unfolded nearly four decades ago.

“The vision of me becoming an author started to form when I was in my 20’s,” Ezell told Making Headline News this week. “It was difficult to take the first step or know where to begin, but I knew it was a long-term goal.”

Indeed it was.

And so it came to pass sometime in 2012 that Ezell began to diligently work her vision as a newcomer to this ever-so-popular world of authorship, a trend that was culminated approximately two years later when she witnessed her compelling finished project that is entitled, “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words.”

GOD’S LEADING FIRST LADY — And so it came to pass sometime in 2012 that Sherman, Texas author Annie Ezell began to diligently work her vision as a newcomer to ever-so-popular world of authorship, a trend that was culminated approximately two years when she witnessed her finished project that is entitled, “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words.”

A spiritually-enhancing written document that is comprised of 72 pages in length, Ezell’s “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words” was officially released in March 2014 and, much to her delight, has become a fixture throughout the Body of Christ.

“This memoir is a reminder that better days are ahead if you make the right decisions,” said a spokesperson for Ezell’s book in a detailed breakdown of her work at Amazon.com. “For Annie Ezell, making the right decisions only came through patience, prayer, and learning from her experiences. Life events from a young child into adulthood have conditioned her to help guide others through difficult decisions.

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MASSIVE KINGDOM IMPACT — A spiritually-enhancing written document is comprised of 72 pages in length, Ezell’s “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words” was officially released in March 2014 and has become a fixture throughout the Body of Christ.

“Her wisdom comes from spiritual guidance and obedience to her calling to encourage others to not give up when they are faced with a difficult situation. Her appearance doesn’t tell the story: Open the cover to discover the truth about her life.”

As Ezell, 60, eloquently explained, she had always sensed that she would eventually find her way to the ideal platform to share of her assortment of testimonies, as God’s manual encourages us, according to Psalm 105:1.

Now that it all has come to pass, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that, well, He was there all the time (as the classic gospel song goes).

“I always wanted to tell my story, but I had some reserve, because of the layers of pain it would evoke,” Ezell, a native of Haworth, Oklahoma, said. “This particular publication came later after the experience of losing my mother. I wanted others to understand that when they are faced with difficult decisions, there is a system to defeating self-doubt and pain.”

Interestingly, Ezell will be afforded the golden opportunity to promote her book and share of her testimonies as the keynote speaker on October 13 during a Women’s Conference.

Accompanied by the theme, “Forgiven But Not Healed (Matthew 6:14-15),” this assembly will take place at the United Way Building, located at 713 East Brockett Street in Sherman, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST.

As for ways in which her book is synonymous to the purpose for which God created her, Ezell emphasized, among other things, that her reading audience should look no further than her solid, relentless faith walk.

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GOD’S MYSTICAL UNION — A product of the Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Superintendent F. T. Pratt Sr. Which — “He taught me the value of a Christian life,” Ezell said — Ezell and husband, Pastor James Ezell (the couple will be celebrating 40 years of marriage on December 31) had ultimately raised their children under similar Christian standards, teaching them morals, empathy, respect, and workmanship, among other things.

“This book is a part of my purpose by allowing me to testify and be a witness of faith, obedience, and victory. It became my platform for speaking to women of all status. It also built my confidence that led me to develop the Forgiven But Not Healed as a Women’s Ministry.” — Lady Annie Ezell 


Widely known as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and counselor, Ezell founded her Forgiven But Not Healed ministry two years ago. Initially, it started as a small women’s ministry that was centered mostly on Q&A sessions.

“We (would) gather and have open discussion about salvation and forgiveness on a monthly basis, helping women through their pained experiences and quest to forgiveness,” Ezell said her ministry, which has evolved into more of a spiritual movement, of sorts. “This year will be the first conference inviting attendees from the sessions and is open to the public.”

A product of the historic Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Superintendent F. T. Pratt Sr. Which — “He taught me the value of a Christian life,” Ezell said — Ezell and husband, Pastor James Ezell (the couple will be celebrating 40 years of marriage on December 31) had ultimately raised their children under similar Christian standards, teaching them morals, empathy, respect, and workmanship, among other things.

Prior to their appointment as spiritual leaders, Latter Rain was guided by Elder Clevester and Gladys Johnson

“The support from my husband, children, and spiritual leaders has pushed me to be a virtuous woman, having faith and praying fervently for my family,” Lady Ezell said.

The feedback that has been generated since her book’s release has been favorable.

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DESTINY STEPS — Widely known as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and counselor, Ezell founded her Forgiven But Not Healed ministry two year ago. Initially, it started as a small women’s ministry that was centered mostly on Q&A sessions.

“My audience has found this book to be a comforting reference during hard times,” Lady Ezell said. “Men and women comment on their similar experiences and positive encouragement as they are faced with difficult times. It has given hope and spiritual uplift for many.

“I’m inspired to continue writing for women audiences and helping them see their potential through the pain,” conditioned Lady Ezell, a mother of four and grandmother of four who has announced that other books are presently in the works. “I’ve prayed for wisdom and God has shaped my heart and mind to be accepting of others and have the patience to meet them where they are in their journey with Christ.”

Just as out Savior has encouraged us to. 

For more information about Sherman, Texas-based Author Annie Ezell, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Annie Ezell. Also, send email to: info@ezelllegacygroup.com.


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Throng of worshipers expected to turn out for Pastor Emeritus Bishop Andrew Jackson, Sr.’s Inaugural Celebration

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DALLAS — Retired Memphis Pastor, Bishop Andrew Jackson, Sr., is about to find himself on the right side of history.

Once again.

“I’m a first generation COGIC member,” Jackson, Sr. told Making Headline News this week.

All things considered, it is because of Jackson, Sr.’s unparalleled authority since his ministry joined the fifth largest Christian church in the U.S. that will, in all likelihood, earn mentions when an expected capacity crowd descend upon Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ for his Glorious Inaugural Celebration Service on Friday, April 20 at 7 pm CST in Memphis.  

Powered by the Tennessee Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, the service is free and open to the public. 

On November 13, Jackson, Sr. was officially consecrated to the Episcopal Office of Auxiliary Bishop of the COGIC during its 110th Holy Convocation in St. Louis.

WELL DONE — All things considered, it is because of Bishop Andrew Jackson, Sr.’s unparalleled authority since his ministry joined the fifth largest Christian church in the U.S. that will, in all likelihood, earn mentions when an expected capacity crowd descend upon Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ for his Glorious Inaugural Celebration Service on Friday, April 20 at 7 pm CST in Memphis.  (Photo Credits: James Norman/Sharon Jackson)

While many sense that his forthcoming observance is long overdue and should have taken place long before his ceremonious retirement in June 2016, Jackson, Sr., meanwhile, undoubtedly is looking forward to what figures to be a memorable night within the walls of the church he founded nearly five decades ago.

All while basking in the glory of being thrust on the right side of history.

“Well, I think for a number of reasons,” said Jackson, Sr., 82, when asked why he senses this latest milestone is so intriguing. “First of all, I’m not a longtime COGIC member. I’m not deeply rooted (in the denomination).”

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“He’s (been) working the office of a Bishop all along as 1 Timothy tells us,” Jackson, Sr.’s wife, Shirley Jackson, said during a November 2017 interview with Making Headline News. “He’s birthed a lot of pastors out of his church and he was the husband to one wife for 58 years.”

Located at 5191 Elvis Presley Boulevard in South Memphis — less than a mile from the Mississippi state line — Faith Temple Ministries became affiliated with COGIC in 1992 after having been a non-denomination institution for a number of years.

Prior to becoming what Jackson Sr.’s describes as “an independent,” Faith Temple was a member of the historic Mobile, Alabama-based Church of God Pentecostal denomination for 17 years.

“I’ve only been a part of COGIC since 1992. It’s not always that a first generation Pastor who goes to the highest office in the church,” Jackson, Sr., a native of Grady, Arkansas, said. “It’s usually the third or fourth generation people who achieve that goal. I’m a first generation (Bishop), so I’m appreciative of that.”

Although he’s nearly two years removed from having called it a career, Jackson, Sr. said amongst the notable factors he finds intriguing is that his wealth of pastoral experience, coupled with his current role as an Administrative Assistant to Tennessee Fourth Jurisdiction Prelate, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, will greatly afford him the opportunity to continue being an immeasurable asset to the church.

“I think I can bring something to the organization with 47 years of pastoral experience,” Jackson, Sr. said.

GOD’S PLANOn November 13, Jackson, Sr. was officially consecrated to the Episcopal Office of Auxiliary Bishop of the COGIC during its 110th Holy Convocation in St. Louis.

Come April 20, hundreds of worshipers are expected to turn out at Jackson, Sr.’s Whitehaven community-based church to pay homage to him for his valiant contributions to the Body of Christ.

“I expect to see my family and friends come together and have a grand celebration of my consecration,” Jackson, Sr. said. “I just look forward to seeing them. I will forever be grateful to my church for their support, not only for this particular occasion, but throughout the years.”

A trend that, in the coming days, will be highlighted by him basking in the glory of being thrust on the right side of history.

Once again.

 

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Dallas/Fort Worth-area gospel recording artist Kenny Skinner’s debut single released eight years after his mother’s passing

A MAKING HEADLINE NEWS VALENTINE’S DAY 2018 SPECIAL REPORT

 

DALLAS — Valentine’s Day 2018 is one about which Kenny Skinner will remember for years to come.

Probably for the rest of his life.

Credit a few key members of his family and the single, most underlying reason why.

MOM KNOWS BEST — To his distinctly unique credit, that his mother kept him surrounded mostly in a Christian-oriented environment essentially proved beneficial for Dallas/Fort Worth-area gospel recording artist Kenny Skinner, an accomplished gospel singer and the mastermind behind his recently-released debut single entitled, “More Like You.”

“I have great support from my family,” Skinner, the Music Director of Empowered Outreach Church in Denton, Texas (Senior Pastor Kenneth D. Davis) said during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News. “I’m fortunate to have both grandmothers living. They are my number one supporters.  They both keep me grounded.”

Much to his delight and most importantly, Skinner has his beloved mother, Dianne Mitchell Skinner, to thank for having arguably the biggest impact on his life.

A proud preacher’s kid who is a native of nearby Longview, Texas, Skinner was brought up in the historic Church of God In Christ, during which so he was a fixture for the Young People Willing Workers Department (or YPWW), not to mention a regular attendee of Sunday School, morning and evening worship services, midweek Bible Study, as well as the Sunshine Band and Purity Class.

To his distinctly unique credit, that his mother kept him surrounded mostly in a Christian-oriented environment essentially proved beneficial for Skinner, an accomplished gospel singer and the mastermind behind his recently-released debut single entitled, “More Like You.”

LISTEN TO KENNY SKINNER’S DEBUT SINGLE HERE: https://kennyskinner.hearnow.com/

A song that is powered by his debut forthcoming album entitled, “Kenny Skinner Forty Eight,” Skinner’s featured spiritual hit was officially released on February 2 — ironically on his 40th birthday — and a little more than eight years since his beloved, big-hearted angel departed this earth for her heavenly reward.

Widely regarded as his “best friend” and inspiration, Mitchell Skinner passed away on January 23, 2010 at the tender age of 58.

Aside from having instilled in her son some rich, life-enhancing godly principles, Mitchell Skinner was also responsible for paving the way for her son through the gospel music industry, considering she was a devoted musician in her own right.

GLOBAL PRESENCE — Skinner has been fortunate to have toured overseas with some amazingly gifted artists. He was originally on tour to play keys, but ended up singing as well. “That’s when I found my new passion to sing,” he said. Pictured with Skinner in Europe (from left to right): Knagui Damon, Racheal Clifton, Andrea Lawrence, La’La Johnson and Skinner.

“She’d have me on the stool as she would play during service,” Skinner recalled. “I think that’s where the passion of music was cultivated.”

Interestingly, Mitchell Skinner, was a praise and worship fixture in the Body of Christ, most notably as a longtime musician for her father, late Superintendent F. L. Mitchell.

“When my father was called to ministry, he wanted my mother to come along with him; however, that’d left my grandfather without a musician,” Skinner explained. “My mother prayed and asked God to send her father a musician so that she could honor my dad’s request, not knowing that (through God), I’d be the answered prayer.”

PAVED THE WAY — Widely regarded as his “best friend” and inspiration, Mitchell Skinner passed away on January 23, 2010 at the tender age of 58. Aside from having instilled in her son some rich, life-enhancing godly principles, Mitchell Skinner was also responsible for paving the way for her son through the gospel music industry, considering she was a devoted musician.

Indeed Skinner was the answer to a much-needed prayer request. Never mind he was only seven years of age and hadn’t spent one minute taking piano lessons. Because at the end of the real day, what he had ultimately discovered is that had been strategically set him aside for God’s use.

“God blessed me with the gift to play the piano,” Skinner said. “I would travel all across the world with my grandfather.  Both of my grandfathers were singers as well. My other grandfather was a musician, so I’ve been truly blessed to carry both legacies.”

Consequently, Skinner was offered the opportunity to be my mother’s care giver during the final seven months of her life.

“I saw things that no children should ever have to witness,” Skinner said.

A preacher’s kid who is a native of nearby Longview, Texas, Kenny Skinner was brought up in the historic Church of God In Christ, during which so he was a fixture for YPWW, not to mention a regular attendee of Sunday School, morning and evening worship services, midweek Bible Study, as well as the Sunshine Band and Purity Class.

For what it’s worth, Skinner’s intimate time with his mother month’s before she expired essentially had provided him with a newfound disposition on life — the sort of change that  eventually fueled his desire to serve God unlike never before, especially through his immeasurable and globally-acclaimed music talents.

Credit a few key members of his family and the single, most underlying reason why.

Especially good ole Mama Skinner.

“We really didn’t have a choice,” said Skinner, referring to his notable upbringing and heavy involvement in the church. “I was also the musician for both of my grandfather’s churches. I have five siblings. My mother had two sets of twins.  I’m one of them (twin sister).  We had Sunday School on the way to church and, if we didn’t learn the memory verse, my mother would pinch us under the arms.”

SHE’S TRULY MISSED — For what it’s worth, Skinner’s intimate time with his mother month’s before she expired essentially had provided him with a newfound disposition on life — the sort of change that had eventually fueled his desire to serve God unlike never before through his immeasurable music talents.

As it turned out, those customary pinches, coupled with his mother’s unyielding support, benefited Skinner mightily throughout the years.

Now we know why.

Having witnessed God positioning him for ministry at a relatively early age — “I just wasn’t fully ready to totally surrender,” Skinner admitted — this young PK had finally sold out to his Creator on May 22, 2016, a development that eventually gave way to him preaching his first sermon.

Never mind that while a college undergrad, he was carjacked at gun point.

WELL DONE — All that matters today is that Dianne Mitchell Skinner’s beloved son has not only sold out completely to God, but he’s successfully carrying out his mother’s well-publicized legacy in the process. Yep. That’s just like God.

Never mind that he literally saw his life flash before him.

“All I remember saying was, ‘The Blood of Jesus,’” Skinner said. “That was scary.  Even though God brought me out, I still was straddling the fence. I didn’t truly surrender until the passing of my mom.  That’s when life became real to me.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Because all that matters today is that Dianne Mitchell Skinner’s beloved son has not only sold out completely to God, but he’s successfully carrying out her well-publicized legacy in the process.

Yep. That’s just like God.

“My prayer is that the song not only ministers, but inspires the listener to become more like Christ,” Skinner said of his newly-released debut single. “We’re living in a society where Christianity is becoming less and less popular. As followers of Christ, we have a responsibility to live a life that pleasing to the Father.

Much to his delight and most importantly, Skinner has his beloved mother, Dianne Mitchell Skinner, to thank for having arguably the biggest impact on his life.

“”As we align ourselves according to the Father’s will, others would be drawn to him,” added Skinner, who’s currently working on new music projects that are scheduled to be released later this year.

Finally, this young psalmist deemed it essential to go into preaching mode, of sorts which, come to think of it, isn’t merely a surprise, considering he hails from a family full of preachers.

“We are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted?” said Skinner, reciting the familiar passage that is Matthew 5:13. “It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

All things considered, credit a few key members of his family and the single, most underlying reason why Skinner is determined to live — and sing — for Almighty God.

All things considered, there’s no doubt that Valentine’s Day 2018 is one about which he will remember for years to come.

Probably for the rest of his life.

 

For more information on Gospel Recording Artist Kenny Skinner or to purchase his album or schedule him for a singing engagement, connect with him via under “Kenny Skinner.” Also, send email to: skinnermusic22@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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.