Community-wide revival starts Monday
The Interdenominational Fellowship of Salisbury-Rowan County will sponsor the seventh annual Community-wide Revival at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St. Monday through Friday.
Dr. C. L. Phelps will serve as the host pastor.
This year’s theme is “Empowerment, Encouragement, & Enlightenment for God’s Community.”
The fellowship includes churches from both Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
Workshops for all ages will begin each night at 6 p.m. Worship starts at 7 p.m., with music by the fellowship’s adult and youth mass choirs and creative expressions by the IDF Unified Community-wide Churches.
A highlight of the week is youth night Friday, when the second annual Treasure Feamster Memorial Scholarship will be presented.
The revival was in its initial planning stages in March 2007 when Feamster, a 13 year-old-Knox Middle School student, was shot and killed in gang crossfire.
Her death became a rallying point to address gangs and the initial citywide revival became the first of many community initiatives to encourage community participation.
The evangelist will be Bishop Mildred B. Hines.
Hines was elected on July 18, 2008 as the 98th bishop in succession of the AME Zion Church.
She was selected as president of the Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church in February 2013.
Hines made history as the first female to be elected in both instances.
She is also assigned supervision of the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas, and West Virginia.
Hines, a native of Mount Airy, received her education from the Surry County schools, Mars Hill College, UNC-Greensboro , the Interdenominational Theological Center and Colgate Rochester School of Divinity.
She served previous assignments in AME Zion churches throughout North Carolina.
Prior to her elevation to the episcopacy, Hines pastored First AME Zion Church in Los Angeles, Calif., and served in numerous organizations including the Los Angeles Council of Churches, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, University of Southern California faculty, and her lay profession was as a senior buyer for Belk Department Stores.