On April 20, 2016 I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation entitled Neoliberalism and Urban Education: Exploring Perceptions of Competition About School Choice and Charter Schools in an Urban School District. On May 18, 2016 I graduated from Rutgers University Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). To God be the glory, for He continues to do GREAT things.
When was the last time you been to Sunday School? Sunday School is said to be the bedrock of the church. It is the foundation of our scriptural learning. As saints it is our duty to grow in understanding of the scriptures. The scriptures as the Word of God is our weapon for spirtual warfare. We must be in constant training and readiness. Sunday School, gathering with a body of learners help equip us in understanding the word as a way of life.
The Passing of Pastor Calvin Jeffries
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saint (Pslams 116:115). On September 1, 2014 God called our beloved Pastor Emeritus from labor to reward. Pastor Jeffries was the founder of Holy Nazarene Church of God in Christ and served as pastor for 45 years. I served under him for 31 years as his junior deacon, deacon, minister, elder, and assistant pastor. Pastor Jeffries was a humble man and a great believer in the power of God. He was born on March 3, 1917 in Whiteville, NC. In 1942 he and Mother Maggie Jeffries relocated to Trenton, NJ. In 1968 under the direction of the Lord he began his life work as pastor of Holy Nazarene.
Following the Footsteps of a Good Man
God has been good to me. My pastor of 31 years Pastor Calvin C. Jeffires, has retired after 45 years dedicated service. I was appointed by Bishop Martin L. Johnson to serve as pastor and Pastor Jeffries' choice to succeed him. I come to this office with great humility knowing that the task before me is a great one. I solitic your prayers. I believe that my whole life has been preparing for such a time like this. I come to lift my voice to declare to a dying world that GOD IS THE WAY.
Pastor Jeffries has been and is a great example to me, he has taught me to know what it is to live holy, how to trust and depend on God, and how to be faithful to the work of the Lord. Pastor Jeffries is my mentor and father in the gospel. It has been my desire not to follow him as pastor, but that God would let Pastor Jeffries' mattle fall on me. I desired Pastor Jeffries' humbleness and unwavering faith in the Lord.
Supporting the work
One of the many lessons Pastor Emeritus Jeffries taught me over the years was to support the work. He would always say if you going to be a part of something you have to be willing to support it. Anytime there was a district or state meeting going on Pastor Jeffries would close the church to allow the saints to attend the meeting. He expected his elders and missionaries to pay their reports and attend the meetings. For the church to grow we all must be working together and support the work.