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Biographical Sketch of Georgia Wallace
Elder Georgia Ann Wallace is an Associate Minister at Cedars of Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church, Lebanon, Tennessee, under the leadership of Elder Gregory A. Milford. She has served this congregation since 2011. She is currently the President of the Women's Auxiliary at Cedars of Lebanon PBC and the Vice President of the Women’s Association Auxiliary in the Cumberland Association of Primitive Baptists in Nashville, TN.
Elder Wallace was a member at Claiborne St Missionary Baptist Church for 25 years under the leadership of Rev Robert W. Finney. Claiborne St. MBC is where she accepted her calling into the Ministry. She was licensed on May 25, 1995 and ordained on the 1st of October, 1995
She was ordained an Elder on the 20th of January, 2003 at Reconciliation Full Gospel OutReach Ministries under the leadership of Bishop A Bevans.
In 2006, Elder Wallace and her husband, Elder Grayson Wallace, served as Elders at Faith United Christian Center under the leadership of Elder James Frierson, Senior Pastor.
They have one son and three grandbabies.
Elder Wallace loves to praise and worship the Lord with all of her heart, mind, body and soul. Her strong area in the Ministry is in the Ministry of Healing, Wholeness and the Prayer of faith. She also loves to coordinate and conduct Conferences and Workshops in and around the Church. She will boldly proclaim what thus saith the Lord without fear or favor.
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MT. TABOR FOCUSES ON HAITI
Pastor Wood spent a week in Haiti recently (from January 11-19, 2018). He and Michael Qualls taught a course on advanced Cumberland Presbyterian Studies to a group of six Haitian ministers who are studying to become ordained ministers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Upon his return to the church, Pastor Wood shared stories of his experience in that poverty-stricken nation; as a result, the Mt. Tabor church family has collected and sent to the Haitian churches a large supply of clothes that can be distributed to women, men and children.
Mt. Tabor is paying for the salary of one Haitian teacher also. Public education is not available to everyone in Haiti, so each of the congregations served by these six ministers has started an elementary school (for grades 1 and 2) as a part of their ministry to their communities. A teacher’s annual salary is US$600.
Hopewell and Mt. Tabor Worshiped Together
By Byron Forester and Stan Wood
Ruby Wilkerson is 89 years old. Marjorie Hines is 93. Ruby is African American and a member of the Mt. Tabor Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America (CPCA). Marjorie is Caucasian and is a member of the Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church (CPC). They met in September 2013 during a homecoming worship service at Hopewell. Following that worship service, they ate lunch together in the warm sunshine and told stories about their lives and families. They laughed and talked for nearly an hour before Ruby had to leave. But, their hearts never left each other. Each frequently spoke fondly of the other to her family and church members. They both hoped to see each other again and continue their conversation.
They saw each other again on Sunday, March 2nd. Upon receiving an invitation to worship with Mt. Tabor, the Hopewell congregation cancelled its regular morning worship service and in mass drove 1½ hours from Benton County, Mississippi to Jackson, Tennessee to worship with Mt. Tabor. Among the first to arrive was Mrs. Hines. The first to “rush to get Sunday school over” was Mrs. Wilkerson. They greeted each other warmly like old friends. They sat together in worship, singing from the same hymnbook and reading from the same Bible. They passed the communion elements to each other. They ate at the same table following the worship service. This friendship became even stronger because they engaged in worship and fellowship again that day.
Of course, the day was special for other important and significant reasons. But, all of the others seemed a distant second to the strengthening of this special friendship.
In the spirit of affirming the unity given as sisters and brothers in Christ, Hopewell and Mt. Tabor worshiped together. In the spirit of acknowledging the denominations’ desire to seek re-unification, these two congregations decided to take a chance that maybe they could authentically worship together in spirit and in truth.
The worship service was a regular service for the Mt. Tabor congregation. The liturgy was not changed. The music was not changed. The “amens” and affirmations did not change. The change was that in this service, an equal number of CPCA and CPC worshiped together and accepted each other as sisters and brothers.
In some ways, of course, the worship was different. Rev. Byron Forester, pastor of the Hopewell congregation, delivered a moving sermon with a focus on the transfiguration (after all, it was Transfiguration Sunday). We sang some of the great hymns of the church; the choir gave three “specials” from within the African American tradition. We passed the peace with each other (seemed like it took more than five minutes before the congregation settled down again) and then sang, “What a Fellowship.” We celebrated The Lord’s Supper, with the two pastors administering the sacrament and elders from both churches passing the elements to the congregation. At the end, we extended to others a right hand of fellowship. Yes, the worship was special!
At the end of the worship service, the two congregations shared a meal together. Oh, did we eat! It was a day of festivity, and we ate like it.
Jean Burton, Hopewell CPC member, wrote: “Dear New Family, I was uplifted by the reverence, love, joy, music, energy and message -- the entire service. You sure do have a lot of good cooks – thanks to them also.”
Lotdell Love, Jr., Mt. Tabor CPCA assistant pastor, said: “Never in my life had anyone been able to give me a good reason for the unification of the black and white CP churches. After last Sunday, I now believe it is just the right thing to do.”
March 2, 2014 was a very special day for two congregations meeting each other for the first time. This undoubtedly will not be the last time!