After losing Senior Pastor David Landrith to an aggressive cancer last November, the five-campus Long Hollow Baptist Church in Tennessee, which became the first Southern Baptist church in the state to baptize 1,000 people annually, named Robby Gallaty, 39, as its new senior pastor on Sunday.
"In services throughout the day, church members voted 99 percent in favor of affirming Robby Gallaty as the fourth senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church," said the church in a news release shared with The Christian Post.
Gallaty, who is married to Kandi, 36, and is a father of two boys, Rig, 6, and Ryder, 4, holds a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a published author. He is described as a dedicated biblical scholar who is committed to "making disciples who make disciples." He was previously pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. more >>
Cornelius (Neil) Davis Jr., senior pastor of the 4,200-member Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Michigan, has reportedly taken a leave of absence from the helm of his megachurch after allegations surfaced that he walked out on his first wife and two children then subsequently went on to marry again without getting a divorce.
An apparently penitent Davis explained in a letter to his congregation, cited by the Detroit Free Press, that he thought he had divorced his first wife, Jaletta Davis, who served him with divorce papers this summer but died last month, effectively ending her quest to officially divorce him and get alimony.
Davis said he "assumed a divorce had taken place," while noting his marriage to Jaletta was "very rocky and unhealthy," and it involved a cycle of drugs, alcohol and extramarital affairs. more >>
NEW YORK — Amy Williams, a half-black, half-Irish youth ministry leader born in Maine, was living in North Carolina when she decided to pack her bags and find a new home in Chicago's Puerto Rican-dominated Humboldt Park, the neighborhood otherwise known as the motherland, or birthplace of the notorious Latin Kings street gang.
But Williams, a certified gang intervention specialist who founded the platform A Hope Dealer for her ministry work, said the decision to move was not so much hers as it was God's.
The transition to a new home came after what Williams said was God speaking to her frustrations about a burden she felt to reach young people in the streets. At the time, she was a youth pastor at her church in North Carolina and was mentoring kids, but that just wasn't enough. more >>
A bill stripping Planned Parenthood Federation of America of federal taxpayer dollars for a period of at least one year passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lawmakers in the House voted largely on party lines on Friday to pass HR 3134, 241 to 187, which would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
"For the one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, subject to subsection (b), no funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., unless such entities certify that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period," reads HR 3134. more >>
The head of the 80 million-member Anglican Communion has announced that the global body's leadership will meet next year to consider a restructuring of the Communion to allow for sharp disagreements on issues such as homosexuality and gay marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby announced Wednesday that the 37 primates from across the world will meet in January over the future of the Communion, including matters like sexual ethics and environmentalism.
"I have suggested that we need to consider recent developments but also look afresh at our ways of working as a Communion, paying proper attention to developments in the past," stated Archbishop Welby. more >>
Food and water insecurity are among the biggest crises facing the global community and next month Al Hollingsworth, the Christian founder of Aldelano Corporation, will unveil a solution called the Aldelano Solar ColdBox which promises to produce gallons of drinking water from the air daily, store perishable food and generate power.
The Solar ColdBox, which is being heralded as "breakthrough technology," is "an industrial-grade portable, solar-powered cold storage mini-warehouse that provides not only refrigeration and freezing capacity, but also water and ice production along with a completely renewable auxiliary power source," according to a release from the company.
It will be formally introduced to the public during the annaul leadership conference called Gathering of Eagles hosted by Hollingsworth and his wife, Hattie, at the Alhatti Christian Resort & Retreat Center in California next month. A number of local missions pastors and representatives from humanitarian and nonprofit agencies are expected to attend. more >>