Dykes to address Emancipation program

Dykes to address Emancipation program
December 24
00:00 2015
Rev. Omar. Dykes Pasto,r at St. John’s C.M.E. Church

Special to The Chronicle

Rev. Omar Dykes, pastor of St. John’s C.M.E. Church, located at 350 NW Crawford Place, will address the annual Emancipation Association Program on Friday, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m., at Morning Star Baptist Church on 1400 Fitch St. This program marks the 153rd anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Others appearing on the program are: Councilman Derwin Montgomery, Mayor Allen Joines, Sen. Rev. Dr. Paul Lowe, Jr., House Rep. Evelyn Terry, Levitha Mack, Attorney Raymond Marshall, Daniel Piggott, Dr. Manderline Scales, Larn Dillard, Josephine H. Jones and Dr. Leach. Alice Allen and the choir of Morning Star will provide music.

Rev. Dykes is a native of Chester, Pa., and the youngest son of Millie Dykes and the late Bobby Dykes. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at age 11, answered his call and was licensed to the ministry at 13. Dykes holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Miles College in Birmingham, Ala., and a master of divinity degree from Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to coming to St. John’s, he served in Estill and Charleston, S.C.

Dykes has served as the Young Adult Steward for the C.M.E. Church to the National Council of Churches and the Churches United in Christ. He is the 27th pastor and second youngest to minister at St. John’s in its 95-year history.

The public is cordially invited to attend this service and witness the message. Scholarships will be awarded to several outstanding seniors from area high schools. Rev. Dr. Dennis Leach is host pastor. Wilhelmina Long will preside.

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