Front, from left, are Rev. J. Michael Terrell, San Jacinto Christian pastor; Rev. Tony Roberson, Purfect Love pastor. On stage are Rev. Jermarion Willliams, Unity MBC pastor; Rev. Steven Richards, Fellowship Community pastor; Father Nelson Mullah, SSJ - Holy Family Catholic; Rev. Raphael D. Montgomery, Mt. Calvary MBC pastor; Rev. Larry McDowell (accepting for Rev. Ethan Lockett, Spirit of Life Ministries pastor); Rev. Gregory Griffin, Christ Center pastor; Bishop Sherman Gray, Jr., Antioch MBC pastor; Rev. Anthony Gray, True Light pastor; Rev. Mary Frazier, Word of Faith Christian Center; Rev. Frank Davis, Mt. Rose MBC pastor; Rev. Shirley Davis (accepting for Rev. C.A. Burns, Washington Chapel, MBC pastor.)

Black History month (February) is a special time in the lives of most African Americans.  It is a time of looking back at the goodness of the Lord and how far he has brought us as a race. Although some hills are still being navigated, we are assured by One greater than all of us that we will reach the top — one way or another.

The Baytown Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. recognizes the importance of sharing our rich history with the world and more importantly our young folk.  They are after all, our future — yours and mine. So we need to remind them of their potential and inspire them by sharing the great examples from which they come.  

This year, that special group of people being recognized happened to be none other than the men of God who share the burden of God’s word throughout the week and every Sunday — not to mention the special occasions they are there for us as well.  Truly a tall order for these giants but they remain steadfast because they are dedicated and have committed to be God’s servants for His people in order that they may have a compass and a relief system to support them through life. Simply put, hearing the Pastor and being in God’s house makes life more sweeter.

On Feb. 17, 14 of Baytown’s pastors were recognized by the Baytown Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. at the Walker Center in Baytown. A crowd of approximately 180 pastors and their respective members enjoyed a special banquet, “Honoring Clergy Leadership in the Community.” The evening was complimented with a meal, special guest soloist, and guest pastor, Rev. Jacari Davis, from Belle Vista MBC in Houston followed by an award certificate presentation.

Lady Judy Hunter, the presenter of awards also recognized the First Ladies of these special Pastors. She stated, “We are Top Ladies and First Ladies are also.”  They should have their own Top Lady organization for the support to the Pastor and church. Each lady was presented a red rose by a Top Lady.

The Baytown Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. thanks God and everyone that participated for a lovely, uplifting and inspiring evening. It is the intention of TLOD to do a repeat of this event as some of the invitees (30 invitations were extended) were not able to participate this time around.

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