Greetings from the Wesley Smith Chapel community.
I would like to say a special thank you to my Pastor Elder Kenneth Freeman and his wife, Vesta Freeman; our Assistant Pastor Eldress Velma McKinley; St. Luke Church family Trustees Linda Moore, Fred Martin, Charles Kornegay and Larry Baker; Teresa Baker, Eldress Jean Ward, Patricia Bass, Eldress Betty Faison and the New Jackson Tabernacle Church family; Dr. Nancy Reid; Johnny Faison; Pastor Janice Williams; Theresa Ward Jackson; my daughter, Schenita, and granddaughter, Kaelyn, for the duet; Evangelist Mary Ward; and special guests Bishop Richard Johnson, Eldress Faye Johnson and the St. Peters Church Choir, usher and congregation of Smithfield. Thank you to Keisha Monk for the beautiful program; Elder Temika Michelle Powell for the fliers and the letters; and to Myra Yelverton Kornegay for the tribute inserted on the program written by her Myra.
To God be the glory for the anointed, awesome service rendered by Bishop Richard Johnson. Thank you to each church that showed up and represented in the service. Thank you to my beautiful friend and fashion coordinator Judy Dianne West and Joseph Jeffrey Jenkins of Washington, D.C., who attended the celebration on Sunday honoring yours truly. Thank you, Jeff, for making that special trip. I will recognize each church that represented next week.
Other programs coming up at local churches, include:
Our prayers and sympathy are with the family of Betty Lou Hill of Mount Olive. More information will come at a later date.
Pastor of the Year
Dr. Elder Donald Wells was chosen on Sept. 14 at a banquet in the Greenville Convention Center as Pastor of the Year 2019. Congratulations Dr. Donald Wells! Wells was born June 30, 1959, in Fremont. He is the husband of Elder Brenda Wells and the father of six children, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He is a licensed assistant in the physical therapy department at Willow Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Goldsboro. For 13 years, he has been the pastor of St. James Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ located in Vanceboro. He also serves on the board of elders at the Goldsboro Raleigh District Assembly. At an early age, he took an interest in reading from his mother Eva Gray Crawford, who did not finish high school but would have him check out books from the school library, so she could read while he was in the fifth grade.
He later watched her return for higher education to get her high school diploma and even graduate from college to get her Associate degree in Childhood Development. Raised in a home of five with one brother and three other sisters, he was also fascinated with Biblical training through his grandmother, Lily Mae Barnes, who was a missionary in the Missionary Baptist Church. He started going to Bible College at an early age at the Tabernacle Bible Institute under the leadership of Apostle Johnnie Washington and Apostle Lawrence Bogier. After he finished all of the institute’s courses, he became an instructor for nine years in the teacher training class for the school. He also returned to school in the secular world to obtain certification as a network system specialist, and internet system specialist from the School of Communications Arts in Raleigh. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Greater Mount Zion Bible College and Seminary, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in theology. He also became an instructor, setting up a satellite school in Greenville.
Happy special birthday to Nicole Newkirk, who celebrated Oct. 9 from your mother, Juanita; your aunts, Gwen (Carl Oates) and Gloria Walls; your uncle, Harvey (Edna) Walls Jr.; your pastor, Elder Scottie Rodgers and Tonya Rodgers; and The Holy Temple UH Church family of Calypso. May God grant you the desires of your heart and bless you to have many more. I love you, my dear young lady.
Happy 100th birthday to Mr. Bradley Jackson on Oct. 19 of Turkey. He is the father of Elder James Jackson. Mr. Bradley will be honored with a 100th birthday celebration dinner at Greater Six Run MB Church, 400 Six Run Road, Turkey at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Elder James Jackson invites you to come and help celebrate with his daddy.
Happy special birthday to Ervin Best, Oct. 10; Minister Shauna Hill Mason of Clinton, Oct. 9; Margaret Jones Lofton, Oct. 10; Larry Troublefield and Leroy Kornegay, Oct. 10 from your Aunt Katrina Kornegay; Brenda Ward of Burlington, Oct. 10 from your entire Cleveland Ward family, your Ezekial and Annie Ward family reunion, your children, your husband and your grandchildren.