Warren County to honor King

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 08:59 PM


Beginning Saturday and concluding Sunday, the Warren County 10th annual observance in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. will take place.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the cafeteria at Warren County High School in Warrenton will be the site of a banquet. The Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Thurston from Shaw University Divinity School has been selected as the keynote speaker for the evening. Pre-purchased tickets are necessary for attendance.

Then, on Sunday, at 4 p.m., Coley Springs Missionary Baptist Church in the Afton community, Warrenton, will host a celebration. Delivering the special message will be pastors Carson F. Jones Jr. and John E. Gooch. Elder Allen F. Brown and the Warren County Mass Choir will provide music for the festivities. In addition, the Divine Nine Greek Organizations will conduct a memorial service.

A native of Newport News, Va., Jones attended the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University to earn his master of Divinity degree. He assumed the role of pastor at Coley Springs on May 14, 1999. During his tenure, he has revised the church constitution, and emphasized missionary work and the ministry.

Hailing from Granville County, Gooch enrolled in the Shaw Divinity Extension Program, as was licensed through Synama Grove Baptist Church in Stem, becoming ordained in March of 1995. He is the current president of the United Shiloh Union. He has advocated and supported the Central Children’s Home in Oxford for years.

For more information, call Larry M. Jones Jr., committee chairperson, at (252) 382-4180; or Tilda J. Hendricks, banquet chairperson, at (252) 767-6380.