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Men of St. Paul Encourage Other Men to Weather the Storm


By Tricia Hall

Sojournerís Truth Reporter


Men of the historic St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church organized their annual Menís Day celebration during the March 9, 2019 weekend. The two-day celebration kicked off with a Saturday morning breakfast which featured Rev. Floyd Smith, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, and concluded with a spirit-filled Sunday morning worship service.


Biblical scripture Philippians 4:13 served as the inspiration for the 2019 celebration theme, ďMen, donít stop in the storm,Ē and Rev. Stanley Clark, an associate minister of St. Paul, was the Sunday speaker.


ďGod was in the building yesterday,Ē began Rev. Clark. ďI want tot thank my pastor Rev. Willis, for this opportunity, to serve under him to share a word with you today. Our job is to uphold our pastorís arms when he calls upon us. I also want to thank the men for this opportunity, my brothers in Christ are on point today.Ē

Pastors James Willis and Floyd Smith and Councilmen Tyrone Riley and Gary Johnson

Pastor and Deacons


Church members and guests were surrounded by various black and white decorative items, and every man of the church wore the same symbolic black and white tie during the service.

ďThe tie represents spiritual uniformity and is something we plan every year. This year, black and white was decided because of the theme. Take a moment to look at the storm, when the storm is ragging there are clouds that surround you. When we depend on God, you canít let darkness of the storm stop us. Even though darkness it is because of Godís light, we can battle the storm,Ē explained Rev. James Willis Sr, pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.


Rev. Clark was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, relocated with his parents and siblings to Toledo, graduated from Libbey high school, served his country with military service from 1980 until 1989 and earned rank of Staff Sergeant, married his wife in 1994, loving father of five children and two grandsons, and founding pastor of The United Vision Church. Rev. Clark was under the leadership of Toledo-area pastors Rev. A. Charles Ware of Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Robert Wormely of Southern Missionary Baptist Church, and currently Rev. James Willis Sr of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.


Saturdayís Prayer Breakfast opened with a blessing of the food by Deacon Bobby McDole, Jr.. Deacond Darryl Reed served as master of ceremony after the breakfast. The guest speaker, Rev. Smith, is a Toledo native who accepted the gospel ministry as his life calling at the age of 18. He was ordained in 1974 and was called to pastor his first church in 1982 while still a student at the American Baptist College.


Smith became pastor at Calvary Baptist, his childhood church, in 1989


Various congregations and St. Paul ministries submitted words of gratitude for the Menís Day Weekend Celebration including: Warren AME Church and pastor Rev. Otis Gordon MinD; Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and pastor Rev. W.L. Perryman, Min.D; Third Baptist Church and pastor Rev. K. David Johnson, MinD; Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church and pastor Rev. John Walthall III; Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and pastor Rev. Cedric Brock; church ministries Love Circle, The Circle of Job, Genesis Circle, Matthew Circle, Ruth Circle, Deacons Ministry, Deaconess Ministry, American Baptist Men, Trustees Ministry, American Baptist Women, Christian Board of Education, Choir Ministry; local businesses John H. McKissick senior apartments, C. Brown Funeral Home, and State Farm Insurance with Jan Scotland.



Pictures (primary)

:0169: St. Paulís choir, deacons, and ushers

: 0172: Jan Scotland; guest speaker Rev. Clark and his wife Pamela; First Lady Willis and Rev. James Willis, pastor of St. Paul; and Deacon Darryl Reed, Menís Day Chairman

: 0189: Rev. Clark (speaker) and Rev. Willis (pastor)

: 0197 Menís Day honorees


Pictures (other)

: 0186: Menís Day Choir and congregation of St. Paulís

: 0185: Menís Day Choir and congregation of St. Paulís

: 0195 Deacons


Menís Day honorees

Pastor James and First Lady Linnie Willis

Jan Scotland_ guest speaker Rev. Clark and his wife Pamela_ First Lady Willis and Rev. James Willis, pastor of St. Paul_ and Deacon Darryl Reed, Menís Day Chairman

Rev. Clark (speaker) and Rev. Willis (pastor)


Copyright © 2019 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 03/14/19 23:27:28 -0400.

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