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Beginning Nov. 8
Pastoral and chunk anniversary
Greater St. Luke Church of the Apostolic Faith,
Inc., is having its 13th annual pastoral and church
anniversary beginning Sunday, Nov. 8 through
Sunday, Nov. 15. At 37% S. Main St Service will be
at 7:30 pjn. nightly, except for Nov. 8, which will be
at 4 pjn., and Nov. 15, which will be at 11 ajn. The
theme this year will be "Obey the Man of God in Your
Life: Hebrew 13:17". All are invited to attend. For
more information, call 336-788-4381, or email
Steward's Chapel Day
Steward's Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 198
Anderson Road, Rural Hall, will have its Steward's
Chapel Day program on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 pm. Rev.
Dr. Tyrone K. Rigsby, pastor of Center Grove A .ME.
Zion Church, Tobaccoville, will be the guest speaker.
Rev. William Speas is the host pastor. For more
information, call 336-%9-2711.
"Religion without Creed"
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston
Salem, located at 4055 Robinhood Road, will have its
service entitled "Religion without Creed", delivered
by Rev. Lisa Schwartz on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9 am. and
11 am. At the 9:15 a.m. forum. Earl Scott will review
"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander. For
more information, visit uufws.org.
Anniversary and Promoter's program
The Effort Cub of New Bethel Baptist Church
will celebrate its 91st anniversary and have its annual
Race Progress Promoters Program on Sunday, Nov. 8
at 3 pm. at 1016 NW Trade St. The Race Progress
Promoters Program honors African American individ
uals and groups who have made significant contribu
tions in Winston-Salem to promote community visibil
ity. A meet and greet reception will be held in honor of
the award recipients. For more information, contact
the church at 336-724-1824.
"Hie New Birth Worship Center is celebrating its
Ensemble's anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3:30
p.m. at 1033 Newbirth Drive in East Bend. The youth
choir will be performing, as well as "Angels of
Mercy" dance ministry. The theme is "A New
Beginning and a New Start". For more information,
contact the church at 336-699-3583 or visit www.new
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 810 N. Highland
Ave., will hold a Church Service in observance of vet
erans on Nov. 8, at 11 am. fellowship in the Parish
Hall will follow the service. All are welcome. For
more information, contact Elnora Gore- 336-766
Beginning Nov. 9
Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church,
located at 5095 Lansing Drive, will hold a Faith
Summit beginning Nov. 9 through Nov. 11 at 7 pm.
nightly. Guest speakers will include Bishop Vaughan
McLaughlin, senior pastor of the Potter's House
International Ministries in Jacksonville, Fla.; and
Bishop Jerome Williams, pastor of New Testament
Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. For more informa
tion, contact the church at 336-661-0226.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Churchwomen, 810 N.
Highland Ave., will have its annual Bazaar on Friday,
Nov. 13 from 11 am. until 7 pm. Features: Lunch (11
a.m.-2 p.m.), Dinner (4-7 p.m.) of Fried Fish,
$10/Baked Chicken $$8, with sides; Baked Goods and
Flea Market. All are welcome! Tickets sold in advance
or at the door. Contact Elnora Gore, 336-766-2344.
The Napper Singers will celebrate their 55th
anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6 pm. at Galilee
Missionary Baptist Church, 4129 Northhampton
Drive. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Special guests
will be George Dean and the Gospel Four of
Memphis. Tenn., and the Chosen Disciples of
Asheboro. Other guests will be the Divine
Connection, the Scott Brothers and Dion Owen and
Renaissance. For more information, contact
Constance Daniels at 336-918-3471.
The Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church will
celebrate its pastoral anniversary of Pastor Paul W.
Hart on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m., on 1905 N.
Jackson Ave. Elder Sherman Hart will be the speaker
present. For more information, contact the church at
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church will contin
ue its annual pastoral anniversary services on Sunday,
Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at 1201 New Hope Lane.
See BeHgton on 85
| Klmberly Park Holiness Church gains minister
SPECIAL TO THE
A manager at Winston
Salem State University has
been ordained as a minister.
Dr. Vanessa Duren
Robinson was ordained as
a minister during the 98th
General Assembly of the
Holiness Church of God
Inc. at Kimberly Park
Holiness Church. Elder
Robert Edmond Jr. is pas
Robinson has been a life
long member at Kimberly
Park Holiness Church and
was called into the ministry
Nov. 25, 2012. She says
her calling is to, "Preach a
message of faith, hope and
the love of God." "There
are many hurting people
who need encouragement
and need to know that God
loves them, and is not mad
General Bishop Amie
H. Joyce officiated the Oct.
2, ordination service along
Theodore Rice and Vice
Bishop James Ijames, and
the Elders Board.
Robinson is married to
Charles Ross Robinson, Jr.
and has two daughters,
Deborah and Lakeshia
Winfield. She is employed
at Winston-Salem State
University and is director
of research in the School of
Health Sciences, and assis
tant professor in the
Bishop Barbara Adams took over as sen
ior pastor of Born Again Free Church
after her husband died in 2014.
Photos by Timothy Ramsey
Born Again Free Church is at 741
Moravia St. in Winston-Salem.
Pastor's wives who are
now pastors see trend for
women in the pul pit
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
FOR THE CHRONICLE
Men typically fill the role of sen
ior pastor in most African-American
churches. What happens when the
senior pastor dies?
For the parishioners of the Born
Again Free Church and Mt. Sinai Full
Gospel Deliverance Center, the pas
tors' wives became the senior pastors.
Bishop Barbara Adams and the Rev.
Yvonne H. Hines lead the Winston
Salem churches, respectively.
Hines has been in that position at
Mt. Sinai since 1995. She took over
for her husband, Bishop John L.
Hines, who unexpectedly passed
away in 1995 Mt. Sinai celebrated its
100-year anniversary in October.
Hines' transition to her current posi
tion had some initial speed bumps,
but she was chosen by a majority of
her congregation as the one to
assume the role of senior pastor. She
said she has flourished in this capaci
ty for the last 20 years. She was the
first community-recognized female
senior pastor of an African- American
church in the area.
"You don't take preaching up;
preaching takes you up," said Hines
of her calling to the ministry. "A lot
of people see preaching as a job. I
don't see it as a job. I see it as a call,
and I think that's what it should be."
Hines says that she did not have
aspirations of becoming senior pastor
of Mt. Sinai, but after her husband
died, she said, "it pursued me" and
she understood that this is her life's
"If we are going to be successful,
we need to be thoroughly prepared
from the pulpit aspect and the admin
istrative aspect as well," Hines said
of women in the top roles in the
She said gender should not have
any bearing on whether people attend
a church if people attend church for
the gospel and a well-operated min
Adams assumed her role at Bom
Again Free Church in 2014 after her
husband, Apostle Lindsey W. Adams,
died. He was also the church founder.
The Bom Again Free Church just cel
ebrated its 35th anniversary in
September, the first since the passing
of Apostle Adams.
"There are more women who are
being acknowledged and receiving
the call for the ministry," said Bishop
Adams when asked about female pas
Adams went on to say, "When
people look at the ministry, most of
them look at it for the glamour, and
they have seen a lot of female TV
ministers, and they get caught up in
that. When you are,dealing with the:
souls of people, that is a great respon
There are still some individuals
who think that a woman should not
be in the pulpit. When asked about
that, Adams touched on how some
take certain Scriptures from the Bible
to fit their own misogynistic agendas
and that being a minister is not a posi
tion that was solely designated for
men. She also said that many people
overlook the fact that women pastors
are mentioned in the Bible in the Old
and New Testament.
Both Adams and Hines expressed
their pleasure in the fact that more
women are pursuing a life in the min
istry and are no longer just relegated
to subordinate roles in the church.
Hines stated that the proverbial
glass ceiling has now been shattered,
and women are now able to access
more prominent roles in the pulpit.
The senior pastors also shared
their hope that this current trend will
continue into the next generation of
young women and ultimately get to
the point where they are not looked at
as female pastors, but just pastors in
"There are a few young women
who come up to me from time to time
and say they want to be like me, so
See WIym on B5
Sunday School Lesson column expected to resume
Sister Mildred Peppers has retired as the Sunday School Lesson columnist. We thank her wholeheartedly for her
years of service to The Chronicle and the Winston-Salem community. Look for the column to resume with a new
columnist in the future.