Black History Event Set for This Week at PTS

Cleveland, TN – The Center for African Descent Studies (CADS), located at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (PTS), will host “Celebrating Black History: A Pentecostal Journey of Resilience and Triumph,” this Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at PTS.

The event is a collaboration with the Church of God African Descent Ministries Council, the Intercultural Ministry Department, and Mason Theological Seminary with the Church of God in Christ. The gathering symbolizes, “a profound celebration of Black History Month, emphasizing the resilient spirit and rich heritage of Black Pentecostalism.”

The event’s schedule is curated to offer a holistic experience of spiritual enrichment and communal celebration, beginning with a chapel service at 11:00 am with guest speaker Dr. William Turner. The service will be followed by a luncheon featuring Dr. Eric Williams from Duke University.

The evening celebration that night begins at 6.30 pm and will be located at the Stone Chapel on the Lee University campus with guest speaker Bishop Jonathan Zeigler, Senior Pastor of the National Church of God. Special musical performances will include Evangelist Janice Hill, the Lee University Evangelistic Singers, and Psalmist Elder (Dr.) J. Anthony Taylor and Praise from Greater Community Church of God in Christ. All will add a depth of worship and celebration to the event.

Dr. Michael Baker, President of PTS, highlighted the significance of the event, stating, “This gathering is a profound acknowledgment of the resilience, spirituality, and
transformative impact of people of African descent in our church. It’s a privileged opportunity for PTS to honor and celebrate the monumental contributions of the
African Descent community.”

Dr. Clifton Clarke, Executive Director of CADS, expressed his enthusiasm, remarking, “As we come together to mark this historic occasion, we are not just reminiscing; we are
illuminating the present and inspiring the future. Dr. Kenneth Hill, Chairman of CADS, conveyed his sentiments, saying, “This celebration is a testament to the strength and
spirit of the Black Pentecostal community in the Church of God.”

Dr. James McIntyre, Director of the Church of God Intercultural Ministries Department, reflected on the event’s significance, stating, “This gathering is a crucial juncture for us to unite, and celebrate our shared heritage as Black Christians in the Pentecostal tradition to which all are invited.”

The Pentecostal Theological Seminary extends an invitation to all to join in this, “celebration of heritage, faith, and community, marking a new chapter in the journey of understanding, appreciating, and embracing the rich tapestry of Black Pentecostalism.”

For more information, event details, and luncheon registration, please email Victoria Minay at [email protected], or phone: 423-478-7726.

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