Faith Briefs Saturday, June 18

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 18, 2016

Soldiers Memorial welcomes new pastor

Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church welcomes the Reverends Dr. Derrick R. and Margaret R. Anderson.

On Sunday, Dr. Derrick Anderson returns to Soldiers Memorial but this time as pastor.

Dr. Anderson is no stranger to the Salisbury-Rowan area. He spent ten years in Soldiers Memorial as his father, the late Rev. Herman Anderson (Bishop of the AME Zion Church, 1980-1995) was pastor from 1962-1972.

Anderson attended Knox Junior High School  and Boyden High School in the mid 1960s. He broke a barrier not only as one of the first African-American students, but he also was recognized as Rowan County’s Offensive Football Player in 1968.

After high school, he attended and graduated with a BA degree from Hampton University; he entered the University of Louisville receiving his MS; he received the Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.

While in theology school at Hood, he served as youth minister at Soldiers Memorial under the pastorate of the Reverend Dr. Joseph Johnson, now retired Bishop.

Hi mother, the late Ruth Rogers Anderson, served as Missionary Supervisor of the Second Episcopal District and on the Executive Board of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society.

Dr. Derrick Anderson’s grandfather, the late Bishop Felix S. Anderson, was the 64th Bishop of the AME Zion Church from 1980-1983.

Dr. Anderson comes to Soldiers with experience in building church edifices, making church renovations, directing Substance Abuse Programs, revitalizing ministries, leading discipleship, stewardship, and leadership programs.

Former churches where he has been pastor include: Bethel AME Zion, Charlotte; Sandy Ridge AME Zion, Landis; St. Paul AME Zion, Detroit, MI; and Grace AME Zion, Charlotte.

Dr. Anderson is married to the former Margaret Roberson who is presently serving as president of the International Ministers’ Spouses and Widows(ers) Fellowship.

Rev. Anderson is a graduate of North Rowan High School, attended Livingstone College and received her teaching certificate from the University of Louisville. New Hope AME Zion in Spencer is her home church.


St. Luke fundraiser 

St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 410 Hawkinstown Road, is sponsoring a fundraiser by the Youth Deptartment today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. that will feature hot dogs, fish plates and sandwiches, chicken plates and sandwiches, and desserts.  The proceeds will go toward Youth for Christ fund.


UMA meets today

The United Ministerial Alliance will meet at noon today at Love Christian Center 102 N. Long St., East Spencer. Clergy is welcome.


Anniversary event today at Union Chapel AME Zion

LINWOOD – The Zionettes will be celebrating their 59th Anniversary on this evening at 6 p.m. at the Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road. The Rev. Dairl Scott Jr. is the host pastor.


BBQ chicken luncheon today

GOLD HILL — Today, 11 a.m.-until, at St Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 4401 St. Stephen’s Church Road. Contact 704-279-3768 for more information. All proceeds go for repairs needed at the church or family center.


Concordia news

Concordia bus dedication — Concordia Lutheran Church will dedicate its new church bus on Sunday, at 9:50 a.m. in the parking lot. This new 33-passenger bus will be used for the church’s youth, adult, Senior Lunch Bunch and outreach ministries. Dedication prayers with a fun and unique christening will be conducted to offer the bus to God’s glory. Concordia is located on Hwy 152 West in China Grove. Ken Reed is the pastor.

South Rowan Ministers — All church and ministry leaders are invited as the South Rowan Ministerial Association meets on June 21 for its monthly gathering of prayer and Bible study at 9 a.m. at the China Grove Roller Mill on Main Street. The Rev. Joseph Tallent of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church will be leading the study. For more information contact Rev. Ken Reed at


Word of Life Family Worship Center

Word of Life Family Worship Center will celebrate Father’s Day on Saturday with breakfast sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship.

On Sunday during the 10 a.m. service, recognition will be given to the fathers. The guest speaker will be Minister Dennis Baxter from Victory Christian Center in Charlotte.

Minister Baxter was born and raised in Charlotte. At the age of 16 he gave his life to Christ and began preaching at eighteen. After accepting the call of God on his life, Minister Baxter relocated to Lakeland, Fla. and attended Southeastern University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in theology and his certification in Christian education. He received his ordination from the Assemblies of God in 1982 and went on to serve as associate pastor and senior pastor of Freedom Assembly of God in Sanford, Fla. Following God’s direction, Minister Baxter relocated back to Charlotte in 1991 and joined Victory Christian Center. Since then, he has served under Pastor Gool’s leadership as the lead minister of Church in the City and was ordained under Victory Christian Center in 2005. Minister Baxter stepped down from his role at Church in the City in 2015, and will be pursuing his masters of divinity at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

The Triumphant Praise Children’s Choir will provide special music and there will be presentations by the Children’s Church Ministry. Pastor Martha and Elder Clinton Starks are the host pastors. For transportation or additional information call 704-633-2431.


World of Faith Outreach Ministry

World of Faith Outreach Ministry, 5370 Stokes Ferry Road, will hold it Second Service program on Sunday at 5 p.m. Guest speaker will be Trustee Kenny Patterson.


United Ministerial Alliance joint service

THOMASVILLE – The United Ministerial Alliance will host its joint worship service at 7 p.m. Sunday at Citadel of Faith Christian Center, 108 Salem St.

The Rev. Clarence Marlin, pastor of Fairview Heights Baptist Church, will be the guest preacher. Dr. George Jackson is the host pastor.


Milford Hills Community Brunch 

Milford Hills Baptist Church is having its monthly Community Brunch on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 a.m. There will be food, fellowship and live entertainment featuring Kirby Adcock.


Youth Revival at Shady Grove

MT. ULLA — Shady Grove Baptist Church will be having a youth revival from Thursday through Saturday, June 23-25, nightly at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Minister Patrick Jones, the Rev. Reginald McConnaughey and Pastor Marlin Sanders will be speakers.


Movie at Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor United Methodist Church (just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road) will host a free family movie night on Friday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. There will be snacks, trivia and the baseball movie “The Rookie.” Call 704-633-7484 or visit or Facebook (mtumc) or Twitter (@MountTaborUMC)


Life in the Word Fellowship Church

LEXINGTON — Life in the Word Fellowship Church, 176 Meadow Drive, will host a Women’s Conference from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 24, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

“Transforming the Soul: the Mind, Will and Emotions,” will feature speakers, free food, praise and worship, liturgical dance, medical screenings, vendors, games, and prizes.

Life in the Word was established in 1994. Other outreaches of the church include monthly prison and homeless shelter feeding ministries.

For more information, call 336-249-8583.


Men’s Day at Rose of Sharon

Rose Of Sharon Holiness Church, 255 Camp Road, will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Pastor Perry Dye of Henderson Grove Baptist Church


Fran Moore at the Civic Center

Fran Moore’s “A Queen of All Trades Tour” initial sermon will be presented Saturday, June 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

There will be a musical performance by the group Redeemed, and a book signing will follow.

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