Reverend Dr. Jimmie L. Bryant, the senior pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Liberty City, located at 1899 NW 64th St. in Miami, is married to Estella King Bryant, a registered nurse. That marriage has produced five daughters: Monique, Tiffany, Patience, Katrina and Michelle; two sons-in-law, William Stennett and Rev. Derrick Kelly; three granddaughters, Santana Neal, Yahnae Laing and Ashley Savaian; grandson, Malcolm Kelly; Godchildren: Shea Rogers, Richelle Brianna Strachan, Josephine Williams and Kardin James G. Rogers.
Peace Missionary Baptist Church, located at 11500 NW 17th Ave., will celebrate the church’s 37th anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Center, 3000 NW 199th St., in Miami Gardens. The public is cordially invited to attend this historical event and share this experience with the excited members. For ticket information contact Sis. Denise Larmond at 786-457-1058. The anniversary celebration will culminate on Sunday, Feb.14th at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Woodrow Jenkins and the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church family. The anniversary colors are shades of purple and the theme is “God’s Church Through Peace, Faith, Love and Salvation.”
More than 500,000 came out to support the late Dr. Preston Marshall’s parade
On Monday, Jan. 18th, the current MLK Parade and Festivities Committee Inc., a State of Florida non-profit 501 © (3), continued the work and legacy of founder the late Dr. Preston W. Marshall, Jr., with the assistance of The Miami Times, Miami-Dade County, city of Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Humana, WLRN TV Station, Cox Media and McDonald’s Corp. The committee celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., (MLK) and presented the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade that traveled east down 54th Street from 11th to 32nd Avenues. The MLK parade is the largest in the United States. More than 500,000 people of all ethnic backgrounds, young and old alike, prayed together, laughed and danced together, and demonstrated pride in their community, as they lined the barricaded streets for eight miles.
Micah 6:8 asks the question, “And what does the Lord require of You? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Pastor Ulysses S. Morris, known by friends and co-workers as “Bro. Morris,” follows that scripture to the letter. Those who know him describe him as being fair, firm, merciful and a man who loves the Lord. “My father is a humble man who truly loves the Lord and people, unconditionally,” Dr. Betty M. Everett, his daughter and his assistant overseer, said. “He always tells us, what people do to you is not that important. It is how you handle what they do to you that is important.” An example of the unconditional love Morris has for his fellow man is demonstrated in how he treated the man who murdered his brother, Joseph Morris, in 1981. He invited the man and took him to church with him.
Overseer Dr. Harriette Wilson Greene is known throughout Miami as a feeder of both spiritual and natural food. In November 2015, the ministry distributed natural food to 5,587 individuals. Greene is the daughter of the late Harry L. Rolle and Katherine H. Wilson. She is a product of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School. She received her bachelor’s degree and a doctorate degree from Jacksonville Theology University. Greene’s love for people led her to become a registered medical assistant, during which she took care of the sick. Her occupation led her to become a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She then founded the Omega Power and Praise Ministry Inc. located at 4705 NW 17th Ave., in Miami, where she has served as pastor for the past 16 years. Greene, 60, was married to James Greene Sr. and from the union came “four beautiful children.” There are two surviving daughters, Tyra Griffin and Jade Greene; one son, James Greene Jr., and one deceased daughter, Dorie L. Washington. She is the grandmother of nine grand children: Ashley, Terence, Jamil, Jamel, Christopher, Caleia, Jaiden, Danvondra and Jayden. Greene is also very proud of her children’s achievements. All three have attended college and two are college graduates.
Served as deacon for Opa-locka church for several years
Elder George E. Smith was born on April 22, 1950 in Macon, Ga. He is the seventh child born to the late Elder Artie B. Smith and Mother Becky M. Smith. As a child, his family moved to Liberty City, where he was raised and completed his early childhood education. Smith attended the Church of God By Faith’s Matthew Sippio Academy in Ocala, where he completed his high school education. After high school, Elder George enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, where he honorably served his country. In 1975, he met Missionary Donna L. Smith, whom he married in 1979, and to this reunion three daughters were born: Ceenay, Celeste and Leticia.
Several MLK celebrations planned in Broward and Miami-Dade
Dr. Jeffrey D. Swain, director of Centers for Academic Support and Retention is around town meeting with organizations and residents making sure that they are aware that Florida Memorial University is here in Miami-Dade County to serve the young and elderly prospective students. And as Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Swain puts it: “I am trying to make the university chapel (Susie C. Holley Religious Center) a community space and its pulpit a coveted preaching spot.” He went on to say that “I pray regularly with the President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, her cabinet, faculty and students. I conduct Bible study and worship and do all the duties of any other pastor (visiting the sick, marriages, funerals, etc.). I am a Northwestern graduate.” The university has confirmed plans where Dr. Martin Luther King can be duly honored at the first of what is to become annually, The MLK Celebration. On Jan. 11, 2016, 7 p.m., Rev. Michael K. Anderson, Pastor of New Jerusalem M.B. Church located at 2254 Douglass St., Hollywood, FL 33020; Jan. 12, 7 p.m., Rev. Steven Caldwell, Pastor of New Providence M.B. Church located at 760 NW 53rd St., Miami, 33127; Jan. 13, 7 p.m., Rev. Dale L. Powell, Pastor of New Shiloh M.B. Church, located at 1350 NW 95th St.,, Miami, 33147; and Jan. 14, 11 a.m., Dr. Walter T. Richardson, Pastor Emeritus Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, currently CEO of Walter T. Richardson Ministries.
Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located at 5946 NW 12 Ave., “Cook’s Corner,” was the place to be for all senior citizens on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The members of Jordan Grove and their pastor, Rev. Douglas Cook, graciously received everyone who came through their sanctuary doors to celebrate the Annual Senior Christmas Service. Rev. Stanley at 90 was the eldest in attendance.
Date set for Jan. 18
On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, “Dr.” Preston W. Marshall Jr. died at North Shore Hospital. As the information about his death spread around Miami-Dade County, throughout Florida and across the nation, the questions that usually followed were: “Will there still be a Martin Luther King Parade? or “What’s going to happen to the parade?” Out of about 25 calls this reporter received, my responses were always the same. Yes, as far as I know. I don’t see why there won’t be one. Or, nothing should happen to stop it. I am sure Dr. Marshall would want it to go on. You see, I was and am in a different position than those individuals calling to ask if there was going to be a parade. I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the many attempts to desegregate dwellings, schools, stores and restaurants in Tallahassee. So I feel strongly about the well-deserved honors that have been and continue to be bestowed upon this man. I also worked with Dr. Marshall for many years,
God’s Promises are true, always
Reverend Kevin Lee, 58, the pastor of Restoration Life Empowerment Center at 4784 NW 167th St in Miami Gardens, is not just a minister who talks and preaches about having faith in God. He has personal examples to share with everyone he meets. “My faith has been put to many tests and has come out better than pure gold,” Lee said. “To have to care for a very sick wife for many years, not go where her wheelchair could not go, and to have her, ultimately, die in my arms, are tests that bar none.” Sheila, Pastor Lee’s wife, died May 22, 2015 and Lee is “missing her more-and-more each day, thanking God for the 16 years he allowed us to be together, and if it would be granted, I would only ask that he give us more time to be together,” Lee said. “Even though we had some tough times, we still had a great marriage.” Sheila and Kevin were parents of four “loving children:” Kevin Elisha Lee, Alina Denise Lee, Victoria Williams-Lowe, and Ezara Betsy. As a young teen, Lee accepted the Lord as his personal Savior at the House of God Miracle Revival Fellowship. Lee was raised by a foster parent, Eula Moss. She had a son, Elisha Moss. Lee never knew his own parents until he was an adult. He grew up under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Elder Johnny Lee Wilson. After his death, his sister-in-law, Rev. Sally Wilson became the pastor. He was saved from his “worldly life of activities under her spiritual leadership,” Lee said.