Black to preach for Mt. Sinai Baptist anniversary

From Staff Reports
religion@newnan.com
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church on Lovelace Street will be celebrating its 126th anniversary on Sunday.
Stafford Dudley, pastor of the church, will preach for the anniversary service at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served afterward, and there will be a second service at 3 p.m. with Jerry D. Black, pastor of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, bringing the message.
Willena Florence, 91, who has been a church member at Mt. Sinai longer than anyone else, and Ceola Willoughby, 97, Mt. Sinai’s oldest member, will be among those receiving special recognition during the day.
“Pastor Jerry Black is a dynamic preacher,” said Pier Mehrvarz, one of the church members planning events for the anniversary. “He’s from Little Rock, Ark.”
As a young boy, Black distinguished himself as a gifted musician. After accepting Christ as his savior at 12, he served as minister of music at his childhood church, West End Baptist Church.

Black stepped into a new role – as preacher – at 21. He soon was called to pastor Greater Paradise Baptist Church in Little Rock. During his 15-year tenure, the church grew from 17 members to more than 3,000.

Black also developed a popular television and radio ministry during that time.

In 1991, Black brought his family to Atlanta to serve as the seventh pastor of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church. While the current campus was being built, Beulah renovated a drugstore and worshipped in the “storefront” for three years.

Black led Beulah’s membership to tithe. The church experienced remarkable physical, numerical, financial, and spiritual growth.

In 1999, Black led his flock to their new home on what had once been a 40-acre golf course. In 2006, the Beulah Community Family Life Center opened.

Black travels throughout the country and is known for his charismatic style of preaching combined with the relevance of his message. He received the 2011 Trombone ward and the NAACP Faith Based Award.

The pastor was married for 32 years to Glenda J. Black, who died in 2008. During her service to Beulah, she organized the

Women’s Ministry, the Minister’s Wives Guild, and the Women’s Sunday School Class.

The Blacks had four children – Tangie, Jerry Jr., Erica and Terica. There are five grandchildren.


More Religion

Religion Calendar

Music • Summer Blast Off Concert, Christ Discipleship Ministries, 114 W. Campbellton St., Fairburn, today, 4 p.m. Meetings • Seni ... Read More


Religion Briefs

Registration will be held today for Camp Rising Stars at Christ Discipleship Ministries, 104/114 W. Campbellton St., Fairburn. The camp &n ... Read More


Some churches starting VBS on May 31

As the school year calendar has moved forward with earlier end dates in the spring and start dates in August, Vacation Bible School schedule ... Read More


Pastor’s Corner

Why Christians are buried facing east

Monday is Memorial Day. It is observed as the last Monday in May. A day we honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. ... Read More


First Communion celebrated at St. George Catholic Church

Children of St. George Catholic Church received First Holy Communion on April 25. The Saturday morning milestone was marked at a Mass offere ... Read More