He not only talks Christianity but is also a pastor's pastor
It is a normalcy for members to respect and care about their pastor, but when a pastor’s peers hold him or her in high esteem that is, as the slogan goes, “a coat of another color.” A survey, by this reporter, of more than 25 pastors on Nov. 11, revealed the high respect they hold for Bishop Richardson. He is the founder and Pastor of The Church of God of Miami located at 1351 NW 67th St., in Liberty City; founder of The Church of God Vero Beach; The Church of God Belle Glade; and The Church of God Valdosta in Georgia. When asked why he believes so many pastors think so highly of him and refer to him as “a pastor’s pastor,” his response was the same as it was more than 20 years ago.
Community servant resigns after more than 25 years of serving
Just before closing the Oct. 27th monthly meeting of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association’s (HPHA), Chairman Herschel L. Haynes informed the homeowners, renters, School Board Member of District 2, school Board Staff members, speakers and guests, “As of tonight, I am stepping down as chairman of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association. I pray that I have done well for the almost-30 years I have served you. I can truly say I did it from my heart. Let us stand.” “It’s been a long time and I am tired,” Haynes said, after the meeting. “It is not like I am leaving town, it’s just that I need some time to do some personal things that I am unable to get done with the responsibilities I have for the residents as their chairman. With those demands and needs placed in the hands of others, I can focus on myself and other things I need and want to get
New Way Baptist Fellowship Church celebrates four decades
New Way Fellowship Baptist Church’s officers and members, under the spiritual leadership of Bishop Billy Baskin and his wife, Bishop Catherine P. Baskin, are in the final stage of celebrating their fourth decade of existence. The excitement has rapidly started to spread and they invite the community to share this historical celebration with them. “We celebrate 40 years on November 15 and prayerfully embrace the future,” Bishops Billy and Catherine P. Baskin said. Leola Adams, a Charter Member said, “Forty years ago, our pastors launched out on faith and trusted God for His faithfulness. Today, we thank God for the journey. We can look back and say ‘Look where He brought us from.’”
Love and gratitude are important in the daily lives of Christians
Pastor Jodie and his wife, “First Lady” Arpie Alexander have been servants of God, serving as the spiritual leaders for 16 years of Soul Saving Missionary Baptist Church located at 2170 NW 76 St., in Liberty City. The Alexanders are both from a small town in Florida called Madison. It is about one hour from Tallahassee. They knew each other as teenagers, fell in love as young adults, and were married Dec. 23,1961. In 1963, they moved to Miami. The Alexanders are the parents of Pamela Robinson, Valerie Hooper (Bryan) and Constance. They have four grandson.
She ministers at Elohim Adonai House of Prayer Ministries
Elohim Adonai House of Prayer Ministries at 21485 NW 27 Ave. is “under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and I am in second place, when it comes to leadership,” says Apostle Pastor Dr. Delores Lyles. Lyles says her passion is being a faithful steward through praying, preaching God’s Word, bringing and helping to save souls for the Kingdom as it is epitomized in Proverb 31:10-11- the qualities of a virtuous woman. Lyles is a teacher and, currently, the church has a membership of 80 and is growing.
Dr. G. David Horton says, “I ain’t tired, yet” to serve the Lord
Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, now located at 17025 NW 22nd Ave., began its first worship service in the spring of 1929 with its pastor, Reverend R.B. Blanks and six members. According to the church’s historical archives, “They stood as a solid testimony to the courage, faith and love of the many diligent Christians who now share in the inspiring cultural history of this great church.”
Raised in church-going home, he escaped the wiles of Miami-Dade
On Sunday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m., Minister Brian Dennis, the columnist for Word On the Street in The Miami Times, will preach his initial sermon at Faith, Truth and Deliverance Church of God By Faith, located at 16969 NW 23 Ave. Elder Cleveland Roberts, III is the pastor. The public is cordially invited to attend. “I knew God had a call on my life as little boy. I always wanted to go to church and hear the pastor preach the word of God. I constantly called my Aunt Karen Boyd to take me to our church,” Dennis said when asked when he knew he wanted a relationship with the Lord. “I loved to hear Father Kenneth Major [Rector of Church of the Incarnation] sing ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on me.’ The majority of my family attended Church of the Incarnation but grandmother, Dorothy Murphy’s church was New Mount Moriah of Liberty City.”
Zoe Terry asks for dolls of color for girls locally and around the world
Zoe Terry is sponsoring, along with her mother, Nakia Bowling, a free community event, Sunday, Oct. 25th from 2-6 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater, located at 3000 NW 199th St. in Miami Gardens. The event will be the kick-off to Zoe’s annual doll collection drive.
Book takes children and their parents on imaginary trip around the nation
A book entitled “EJ’s Exciting Road Trip” tells about what happened during a trip to the historical Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama; to historical sites in Washington, D.C and the White House. To add to his excitement, EJ was able to see President Barack Obama leaving the White House grounds by helicopter. The trip was a birthday gift given to him by his mother, Suze Guillaume, a community activist in Miami. The book is inspired by and co-written by a 5-year-old Edwin Bonill Jr. His relatives, friends, and those who are currently being introduced to the young writer affectionately call him EJ. The primary reason, said Guillaume, for writing this book was to help her son tell the public about his birthday experience and, Guillaume said, “to help empower children all over the world to want to read, write, and be able to share their dreams with others.”
Church invites community to prayer revival late in December
Patrick Wallace, 47, is a native of Miami who attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School. He went to Job Corp and completed all high school requirements there. Wallace returned to Miami and became a member of Cooper Temple Church of God (C.O.G.I.C.). He served under the leadership of Pastor Linwood Cooper, and became a preacher of the word of God. Wallace moved to Washington, D.C., and joined New Bethel C.O.G.I.C., under the leadership of Bishop Sherman Scott Howard.
First Black little sister and Miss Congeniality join this year’s royal court
On Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Rebeca Sosa Theater, located at 1401 Westward Dr., in Miami Springs, the Junior Orange Bowl Committee held its 66th Annual Royal Court Pageant — and history was made. Takiyah Belfort, 10, competed in the Little Sister category and won the prize. She is the first Black Junior Orange Bowl Little Sister crowned by the organization in its 66 years of existence. Takiyah is a fifth grade student at Citrus Grove Elementary and the daughter of LaQuoya and Tony Belfort.
Rev. Gregory D. Thompson Jr.: A servant according to the Lord’s description
Gregory D. Thompson Jr., born in Miami, is a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School. At an early age, Gregory said he “felt the call of God on his life, urging him to serve him,” but like most young people, he tried to evade God and “the pull” he had on his life. “I did not realize as a youngster, you could be young, serve the Lord, and be happy. I am happy that I gave the Lord charge of my life as a young man,” said Thompson. Being raised in the church, as was Thompson, made it very hard for him to escape the long arms of God. In fact, being taught who God was early in life, made it, said Thompson, “Very difficult to be disobedient to God’s word.” The promise made in Proverb 22:6 is very true. “Train up a child when he is young and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Rev. Dr. George E. McRae is the first inner-city pastor to form a refuge center for HIV/AIDS clients
Reverend Dr. George E. McRae is described by hundreds as being a unique human-being who cares about others and never seems to get tired of serving them. Evangelist Ladi G. Jenkins, a former entrepreneur, social worker and member of Northside Church of God in Miami-Dade County had the opportunity to consult with him on many occasions, when the two of them worked with HIV/AIDS clients.
Marlins’ Coach Lenny Harris hosted 35 children and staff at a recent game
On Sept. 12, Miami Marlins’ third base coach Lenny Harris hosted the Rise Up 4 Change Youth Program at the Marlins’ Stadium. The Rise Up 4 Change (RU4C) program is an organization that does workshops for disadvantaged and homeless children throughout South Florida.
Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis is a native of Mobile, Alabama and the senior pastor of the Open Door Unification Community Church at 6001 NW Eighth Ave., Miami. The church has a membership of more than 300, a Family Life Center; a 501(c) 3 and Miami Youth Garden Inc., (MyG), created to assist in human and community development. There is literally a live garden growing on the grounds for the members and the community for true growth.
Pastor credits prayer for saving property from being repossessed
Pastor credits prayer for saving property from being repossessed. The Taylors believe in miracles.
He celebrates his 100th birthday Sept. 12
A celebration to honor Moses Hillman’s 100th birthday will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. Moses Hillman was born Sept.15, 1915 in Springvale, Georgia. He was the fourth of 13 children born to Arthur and Vilene Lee Hillman. He moved to Miami and was drafted into the military in the late 1930s. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945 after which he returned to Miami. It was at this time he met and married the late Lucille Henderson.
The Christian Girls Brunch Club (CGBC), a young woman’s ministry, will host its second annual “Power Up” Prayer Brunch and Silent Auction 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at First Presbyterian Church of Miami located at 609 Brickell Ave., in downtown Miami. This event will benefit the Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for homeless women and children.
Reverend Dr. Anthony Tate’s life revolved around the word of the Lord in early training
Reverent Dr. Anthony A. Tate, the founder and pastor of the New Resurrection Community Church located at 2167 NW 64 St., Miami. was trained at an early age to love God, his son, Jesus Christ, and obey the Holy Spirit. “Following the will of God has been easy for me ,” Tate said. “It is so true. If a child is trained when he is young, he might stray away for a while but once you get the love of God in your heart, you will return.”
Supportive pastor ‘reaching the unreachable’
Errol P. Cooper was born to the late Deacon Lenwood and Mother Annie Lee Cooper Sr. Nov. 27, 1963 in Miami. He was raised by God-fearing parents that took him to church regularly and lived holy, righteous, lives before him, his brother, Lenwood Jr., and their foster siblings: Vanessa Harper, Stephanie Wright, Judy and Edward Berry.
Roberts has served more than 20 years
In 1988, Cleveland “Cleve” Roberts III accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life. “I was filled with the Holy Ghost and eagerly wanted to work in the ministry of Jesus Christ,” said Roberts. He began to serve faithfully under Elder Artie B. Smith and in 1990, Roberts was appointed to the Deacon Board.
Second Canaan’s pastor serves as president of FECDC of Christian Education
Reverend Jeffrey L. Mack is president of the Florida East Coast District Congress of Christian Education and pastor of Second Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. The Congress convened on Sunday at the Baptist Church, located at 4343 NW 17th Ave., Miami, with an Oratorical Contest. The Congress will continue through Thursday at New Canaan and will conclude on Friday evening, with a youth pageantry. The pageantry will be at New Birth Baptist Church, at 13500 NW 22nd Ave., where Bishop Victor T. Curry, is pastor.
MAS follows true orthodox faith
“As a youngster I felt differently when it came to accepting the facts given to me when I went to church. I just didn’t believe all they said about Christianity. I Believe in God. But I believe in just one God, Allah,” said Ronald Rasool Malik.
From Miami to Naples, God is there
The Redeemed Community Church of Naples (RCCON), now at 512 11th St. N., in Naples, Fla. was founded and organized in Liberty City 19 years ago by Reverend Sterling Kevin Marshall. He was led to the Lord as a child by Pastor Katrina Forbes in central Miami at Now Faith Deliverance Tabernacle (NFDT). At the age 19, Marshall was ordained and licensed, by Pastor Forbes, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and certified to perform all homiletical ceremonies “that pastors in the Christian religion were licensed to do,” Marshall said.
Benjamin H. Parrott’s heads the congregation at Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Benjamin H. Parrott is the senior pastor of Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. The church, located at 8100 NW 17 Ave., will begin its 48th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 27 at 5 p.m. The opening group will be the Brothers Quartet who are described as being “a singing sensation, out of Broward County,” by the masses who have heard them in concert. Parrott was born to the parentage of Athalie Parrott and was nurtured and raised by his devoted, maternal, grandmother, Ruby E. Parrott, who decided at his birth, to not let the statistics on young Black boys or the standards set by too many be the ones she would allow her grandson to follow.
Student graduates from high school and technical college in the same week
Deja Mashack at age 14 had to leave all of her friends in Austell, Ga., (a suburb of Atlanta) where she was born and reared, and moved to Fort Lauderdale, with her parents, Baron and Denise Mashack. Her father had just become the new pastor of the Fifteenth Avenue Church of God in Fort Lauderdale. Being away from the friends she grew up with and finding herself in unfamiliar surroundings, Deja threw herself into her studies. After one year at Renaissance Middle School in Miramar, she went on to spend the next four years at Everglades High School. Making friends wasn't easy for Deja. She was a homebody and a bookworm. However, in the diverse landscape at Everglades High, Deja found acceptance and new friends.
'Committed, dedicated, has integrity and sincere' are words used to describe this pastor
The leadership group at Miami Revival Tabernacle Assembly Church of God (RTAG) take seriously the responsibilities that have been given them by the members of the church. They work at keeping the respect and commitment those duties entail. RTAG’s leadership consist of: Elder Arnold Montgomery, Deacon Keith Coke, Elder Albert Cannon; Deaconesses Sabrina Wright Jones, Rosanna Johnson, Joy T. Talley and Jennifer Montgomery; they are very involved and dedicated individuals. Words used by the board to describe the senior pastor, Reverend Leonard Shaw, include: committed, dedicated, has integrity and sincere. “These are not just words to us,” said Montgomery, the chairman of the Board at RTAG and the
Church gives thousands in tithes back to people in the Miami-Dade community
John F. White is a visionary who has allowed God to lead in his life, including his education, marriage and life’s work. He is married to Maria Mallory White, who is also a minister of the gospel of Jesus, a mother, and an entrepreneur. That union has produced two sons: John F. “Trey” III and Joseph Christian “Joey,” who they refer to as being “their gifts from God.” Pastor John and Reverend Maria have prepared themselves to lead God’s people as far as they are willing to follow.
Help raise $8,000 to help eradicate Neuroblastoma cancer in children
Seven-year-old Alicia Voltaire enjoys dancing, singing, skating, writing short stories and reading and wants to be a veterinarian. In the meantime, this child has joined the fight against childhood cancer. About a month ago, Alicia's teacher, Jeannette D'Amour at North Dade Center for Modern Languages, introduced the story of a young girl named Alex and her fight against Neuroblastoma cancer. Since that day, Alicia hounded her mother about starting a lemonade stand, so that she could raise money to help kids with cancer.
Her mission is to restore and strengthen families
Pastor Dr. Gina Inga Tuff is a third generation Tuff (by marriage) to pastor the Church of Deliverance Through the Blood of Jesus (CDTBJ). Currently, the church has two locations, one in Opa-locka at 13700 NW 19th Ave., Suite 14, and the other in Jasper, Fla. at 7437 SW Country Rd. 143. CDTBJ was founded by Pastor Pearlie Tuff in 1982. Her son, Bishop Freddy L. Tuff Sr. became the pastor until his wife, Gina Inga was ordained to preach the gospel in 1993.
Alicia F. Rooks now believes and says she knows that when two people go into the God-ordained institution of marriage, both individuals will have first taken the time to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. Rooks’ first book, “Marriage, It’s Not Physical, It’s Spiritual (Holy)” says in detail: “When we are united by God, we will have done our homework and know without a shadow of doubt that the common denominator, in the relationship, is their love for first, the Lord, and then for each other.”
Pastor of the Week
Cedon Saintil Jr. was born Nov. 15, 1976 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His family migrated to the U.S. in 1981. Saintil was enrolled for a short period of time at Miami Edison Senior High School, where his newly found friends gave him several nicknames, including Ced, CJ, and Don. He was then transferred to Miami Jackson Senior High, from which he graduated and went on to earn degrees in Medical Technology and Criminal Justice.
Fear no man, fear only the Lord
To be alive in 2015 could be a scary time for some. It is a time when too many individuals fear just getting out of bed each morning. For those of you who are not in this predicament, try to imagine how fear can hamper you from merely attempting: To walk from your home to your car without the fear of becoming the victim of a drive-by shooting; Blowing your horn at someone who cuts you off in traffic, without fearing that that person just might shoot you; Thinking that your young son, or teenage daughter, on their usual route to or from school, could be snatched up by a sex-offender and taken away from you;
Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist is growing through intentional outreach
When one hears about Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist or any Christian church that fellowships on Saturdays, one of the first question that comes to mind is, “Why do they worship on Saturdays?” That question not only came to the mind of this reporter several years ago, it was refreshed on May 3 when my godmother, Estella C. Delaughter’s funeral was held at Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Thomas W. Demeritte has returned with ADMIT program for children to take up where he left off
Producer and Recorder Thomas W. Demerritte has returned to South Florida to take up where he left off three years ago --teaching young boys and girls that there is more to the music industry than rapping and writing songs that most of them would not want their mother to hear them perform. Last month a group of 26 enthusiastic, energetic young boys and girls entered the ADMIT (Alternative Directions Music Industry Training) Studio in South Miami at 19801 SW 106 Ave., Suite 230, to record their first CD. That group is the South Florida Boys and Girls Choir. In tow were three parents: Carl and Marissa Lindsey and Helena Sumpter; musician, Prince A. Day; Counselor
Pastor Richard Dunn, II Baptist speaker, uniting two different faiths
When we entered the large, beautiful, grounds of Temple Sinai in North Miami Beach last Friday evening, May 8, we quickly noticed the warm, comforting, atmosphere that prevailed. Alan Litwak, who just returned from spending four days in Israel on a unification mission, is the senior rabbi of the magnificent synagogue. About 25 members of Faith Community Baptist Church and I came to an Interfaith Service and Shabbat where Pastor Richard Dunn was the invited speaker. Pastor Dunn's wife Daphne Dunn also was present.
Our God has promised, throughout his word, he will protect us. Psalm 91 reminds us that we who are faithfully committed to God are blessed to dwell, that is, to live, in a wonderful place of eternal security and protection. In that shelter we shall find peace in the shadow of the omnipotent God, the creator of the universe, as he works on our behalf. The real essence of this verse is found in the personal note from God in verses 14-16. What awesome promises for those who “dwell in the secret place of the most high!” You “shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
"By the grace of God I am here today"
Amarilis Rodriguez was raised in a family that practiced witchcraft. She says she was told that she “was born to be a psychic medium.” And that it “came to a standpoint in my life where I no longer wanted to live and I contemplated suicide.” “In 1991, I walked into my bathroom determined to take my life. As I looked into the mirror, I no longer saw myself but a woman that told me to kill myself. That no one loved me. I proceeded to grab a blade with the intentions of cutting my veins. As I turned on the shower, instead of water
You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will not change. Christians serve the God that gives them free choice. They are allowed to take a chance on individuals and opportunities as they see fit to do so. His desire is that men, women and children will eventually come to the realization that he is the only one worth spending eternity with. Therefore, make your choice now. Take a chance guided by the evidence presented in his word. If you choose him, it will change your life, all for the best, for eternity.
Founder of Shalom Community Church
Joanem Frandy Floreal is known in the community as “Pastor Fanfan.” The church Floreal founded and serves as the senior pastor is called Shalom Community Church, a United Methodist denomination. It is said by many that “Shalom Community Church is one of the fastest-growing congregations in the Haitian community. Many people are attracted by the lively worship and the dynamic and relevant preaching of Pastor Fanfan.”
Brothers group sings to God’s glory
One of the most talked about quartet groups in the Fort Lauderdale area today is the new, young and aspiring group called Brothers. Over the last two years, the well-dressed, soul-stirring gentlemen have brought quartet singing back to the forefront. The hit single, “What a Friend,” is the most requested song at their events.
Bread of Life Community Church founder wanted to be a detective
Keith Moore was in the prime of his life, playing college football in California, when God stepped in and began to change the course of his life. One night at Pac Jam, a teenage nightclub in Miami, Moore says, the Lord spoke to his heart and said to him, “Don’t forget me and what I’ve done for you.” It was at that time he decided to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. That week, he went to church and surrendered his life to the Lord, and was born again at 18 years of age.
Pastor of the week
The Reverend Baron C. Mashack is known for his passionate worship, no-nonsense approach to teaching and preaching the word of God and for his cutting-edge approach and strong desire to impact the culture for Christ. He is a native New Yorker, who grew up in the Congregational Church of God in Manhattan, N.Y. under the leadership of Dr. William Aaron and later, Dr. Levorne Aaron. He attended St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.
People spend too much time worrying about things pending and situations that might come. Much of the time spent worrying could be put to more productive use such as networking, discussing, formulating, and implementing a plan to solve that situation or problem. When you have done all you can about a problem or situation, give it to the Lord. Proverbs 15:29 reminds us that God hears the cries of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with him).
Albert Alex Fulbright, 72, known by most as “Justice,” died Dec. 10th and was cremated on the 14th “without any of his family being notified,” according to Twondy G. Wilcox. “When we met for the Memorial Service for Georgia Jones-Ayers, who died Feb. 17th, and Justice wasn’t there, I then became a bit concerned. But when he did not come to her funeral, I knew something was wrong,” Wilcox said, who lives in Fort Lauderdale. “Justice loved her (Jones-Ayers)like a sister and nothing but death would keep him away from being at her funeral.”
Omega Power and Praise Ministry does giveaways for schools and residents
Omega Power and Praise Ministry (OPPM), Inc. has once again taken on the posture of a servant. While many were preparing for the Easter holiday, Dr. Harriette Wilson Greene and her committee were burning the midnight oil. “This year was like no other event we have ever done," Greene said. "Supplies were slow coming in, but we kept the faith, believing that because it was for the children God would meet our needs.”
Sabrina Johnson James leads Tag Team 4 Jesus Christ Outreach Ministries Inc.
Rev. Sabrina Johnson James, born Nov. 27, 1966 in Shellman, Ga., is the second oldest of seven children born to the late Christeen Perry Bartlet Johnson and James Johnson. James is also the mother of seven and has been attending church since birth. She started working in the church at age 3, when her grandmother, Fannie Mae Johnson and her mother, gave permission for her to serve as an usher. “I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at the age of 21, but I really came into an intimate relationship with him at age 29 when I had to have surgery on my left lung,” James said. “Through this experience, I drew closer to the father and that relationship has grown stronger ever day since.”
In 2008, two men, Dwayne Bennett Sr., 42 and Linord Albury, 44, whose daily activities dealing in illegal drugs and sports bookings earned them the titles of being real hardcore street thugs. But something happened to them that “changed our lives forever,” Bennett said. “We accepted the Lord as our Savior and wanted to tell others about our experience. We knew we could not have such a great revelation and just keep it to ourselves,” Bennett added. Albury and Bennett said they went to several churches, on several different occasions, but never felt the love they heard that one should feel when they are among other Christians.
What it really means and how to do it
In Matthew 6:12, Jesus Christ taught his disciples how to pray. He said, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” In verse 14, He told them, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Verse 15 says it emphatically: “But, if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Isn’t it ironic that we almost always think very narrow-minded. We have two or more sets of rules for the same thing and want folk to go along with that kind of silly thinking.
“I serve today, to make things better for tomorrow” for all the people
The Rev. Jimmie L. Williams III has made numerous accomplishments both in his community and as a servant of God. Williams is a Homestead councilman. He was first elected to the council in 2009 and was re-elected to a four-year term in November 2013 to serve Council Seat 4, which includes the southwest area of the city.