The public is invited to attend the Ben Hill United Methodist Church 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.
The Rev. Olujimi Brown, lead pastor at the IMPACT Church of the West End, will bring the keynote address. The Rev. Richard D. Winn is Ben Hill UMC’s senior pastor. The church is located at 2099 Fairburn Rd. in southwest Atlanta.
“Empowering To Serve” is the theme of this annual celebration. This year, the Community Service Award will go to Ben Hill UMC member Jessica Godfrey, who was recognized as an Outstanding Adult, is president of the Atlanta College Park District United Methodist Women, was chair of Women’s Day 2009 and 2011 and has been a member of Ben Hill since 1986.
In the Outstanding Youth category, the award goes to Persephone White, Ben Hill Youth Council President, member of the Youth Choir and Youth Hope Builders Academy scholar.
Highlighting achievement in public service, the following men and women in the legal and public service fields will be recognized:
The Hon. Robert Benham, judge, Supreme Court of Georgia; the Hon. Kimberly Esmond Adams, judge, Superior Court of Fulton County; the Hon. Brenda Hill Cole, judge, State Court of Fulton County; the Hon. M. Yvette Miller, judge, Georgia Court of Appeals; Chief George Turner, Atlanta Police Department; Major Rodney Bryant, commander, Zone 4 Atlanta Police; Chief Kelvin J. Cochran, Atlanta Fire & Rescue; Chief
Cassandra Jones, Fulton County Police; Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire & Rescue; Theodore Jackson, Fulton County Sheriff; and Antonio Johnson, Fulton County Marshal.
“We look forward to having the public join us as we celebrate the birthday of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and
recognize those who have provided outstanding public and legal service to our community,” said Winn.
Ben Hill UMC members Martha Bell and Carrie Shipp are co-chairs of the celebration planning committee and committee members include: Johnnie Follins, Sherri Brown, Cathy Taylor, Sarah Lucas, Jacqueline Adams, Julie Bailey and Pearl Logan under the guidance of Associate Pastor Rev. Belinda G. McCastle.
Ben Hill United Methodist Church supports the needs of the less fortunate in the metro Atlanta area and beyond through its Urban Responsibility Ministry (financial assistance to those in need), feeding the hungry through the Ben Hill Food Bank and Trinity Table Feeding Program, Commission on Missions and Health and Wellness Ministry.