Dallas South News Wire
Wiley College will celebrate Religious Emphasis Week February 13-16, 2012, with a slate of community worship services and activities that will be led by two prominent pastors, the Reverend Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, the pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and the Reverend Michael W. Waters, MDiv., pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas.
Reverend Haynes will speak at the opening “Community Worship Service” Monday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel, and Reverend Waters will speak Thursday, February 16 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel for the” College and Community Worship Service.”
Reverend Haynes and Reverend Waters will bring messages inspired by the week’s scripture-focused theme, “Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind.” The theme is based on the scripture Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mid. Then you will be able to rest and approve what God’s will is –His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Reverend Waters will also lead a “Theology of Hip Hop” Student Forum on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in the College’s Freeman P. and Carrie E. Hodge Center.
Wiley will also honor six East Texas pastors with a Clergy of the Award during a noon luncheon on Tuesday, February 14. Pastors to be honored are the Reverend Harry Blake of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana; the Reverend Michael Black of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Marshall, Texas; the Reverend Develous Bright of Ebenezer United Methodist Church of Marshall, Texas; the Reverend Rodger Garbs of First United Methodist Church of Marshall, Texas; the Reverend Steve Miller of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Marshall, Texas; and the Reverend James Webb of Bethesda Baptist Church of Marshall, Texas.
Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III has served as pastor at Friendship West for 28 years, where he has grown the congregation from hundreds to nearly 12,000. He has led the congregation with a commitment to Christ, passion for people, and yearning for community transformation. Rev. Haynes champions social change through his service on numerous boards including the National Action Network, and the Conference of National Black Churches.
Reverend Michael W. Waters, the founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle, was named among the top young leaders in America by Ebony Magazine (April 2009). Reverend Waters has strong commitment to urban renewal and community transformation as evidenced by his founding of two nationally recognized programs: The Macedonian Project, an outreach ministry that works to empower adolescent males; and the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage.
He is a much sought-after preacher and lecturer who has appeared on “The NBC Nightly News,” and “ ESPN Live.” His keen insights have been quoted by noted journalist Bill Moyers.
Other activities during Religious Emphasis Week will include the” Mid-Week Chapel Service,” on Tuesday, February 14 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel, which will feature a musical tribute to Black History by the A Cappella Choir of Wiley College, and “Expressions of Our Faith,” a student-led worship service, which will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.
Feature photo from Wikipedia by Billy Hathorn.