L-R: Minister Frances Knight Pinckney and Pastor James C. Ward
Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church will ordain Minister Frances Knight Pinckney on March 30.
“I’m excited and ready to work with any of our ministries that need my help. I just want to serve the Lord,” said Minister Pinckney, who has been a member of the Lithonia church since 1997.
Pastor James C. Ward says he is proud of the church’s newest minister to be ordained under his leadership since he became the church’s senior pastor in 1995. Pastor Ward says Minister Pinckney was very disciplined during her three-year ministerial training journey and she will be rewarded with a great celebration that is planned in her honor.
“We make this a big deal at our church and Minister Pinckney deserves just that. She has been steadfast, dedicated and very coachable during this process,” said Pastor Ward. “If you could compare it to anything in the secular world, this is like a lawyer passing the bar or a medical student completing their internship to become a full-fledged doctor.”
Pinckney went through hours of rigorous course work that included biblical knowledge and interpretation, counseling members in need,...
New Life Presbyterian Church, 6600 Old National Highway, College Park, will host “Truth on the Loose: Reading the Bible as a Radical Liberationist” on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m.
The open conversation will be hosted by Randall C. Bailey Life and Rev. Billy Michael in the church’s Oliver Community Room. For more information, visit www.newlifepresatl.com.
City of Atlanta officials joined the Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta to mark the 150th anniversary year of Father Thomas O’Reilly’s heroic civic and ecumenical actions.
The city honored O’Reilly this month with a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the year Atlanta was ravaged by the Civil War. During the 1864 siege of Atlanta, O’Reilly, a young Catholic Priest from Ireland, ministered to soldiers of the North and South. He became a hero to both sides and to civilians of all faiths while hearing confessions, writing letters, saying Mass and performing last rites and working tirelessly.
The Union Army, under the command of General William Sherman, planned to burn much of Atlanta so that the city could not aid the Confederate War effort. This was to be completed before Union forces left on their destructive “March to the Sea.”
Father O’ Reilly requested of Union General Slocum, a direct subordinate of General Sherman, and his staff that the Atlanta City Hall, the Court House, and an adjoining residential neighborhood be spared. In addition, O’Reilly requested that five of Atlanta’s churches be left in tact. Since all these structures were wooden, a fire at one could easily...