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Preacher, lay your debt burden down

FLORENCE, Ala. — Lucas Suddreth thought he’d rely on federal student loans to pay for his ministry education. Instead, Heritage Christian University gave him a full-tuition scholarship and helped arrange a part-time youth ministry position. Glenn Newton, right, prays before Arnelious Crenshaw speaks at Heritage Christian University’s “Elevate.” (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR. “I’m extremely blessed,” said Suddreth, 22, who lives with his wife, Rachel, in a house provided by the Mt. Zion Church of Christ. “There’s no way I could have done this by myself.”Aspiring preachers face plenty of challenges, but tens of thousands of dollars in student debt...

Civil rights attorney, minister Fred Gray portrayed in ‘Selma’

January 2015 “No one can win the war individually. It takes the wisdom of the elders and the young people’s energy.” That’s a lyric from “Glory,” written and performed by John Legend and Common. It’s the theme song of the upcoming film “Selma,” and it encapsulates Fred Gray’s dual roles — attorney and advocate — in the Civil Rights Movement. The film follows the lives of the movement’s leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., and the Selma to Montgomery marches in Alabama in 1965. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays Gray, who sought protection for the marchers in the court case...

Modern-day Job preaching again

RIDGELAND, Miss. — Les Ferguson Jr. couldn’t help but scream at God. Why — the longtime minister demanded to know — didn’t the Almighty protect his wife and son from the predator who murdered them? In his darkest days, Ferguson couldn’t imagine ever trusting in the Lord again, much less proclaiming the Gospel before a crowd of saints and sinners in a tree-shaded church building. ‘THEY WERE JUST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE’ For Les and Karen Ferguson, Oct. 10, 2011, marked 24 years of marriage. But that day, unimaginable tragedy shattered the family’s world: Karen, 44, and son Cole, 21, were...

A 'bus ministry kid' gives back

In a Latino trailer park, Terry Davis pays his blessings forward.  NORCROSS, Ga. — Terry Davis found Jesus on a “JOY bus.” Growing up in a housing project on Atlanta’s south side, Davis slept on the ground to avoid flying bullets. “I still shake when it comes to bullets and sounds of the guns,” said Davis, now 43. A group of Corners Outreach's homework club participants are all smiles as they pose for a photo with Terry Davis, the faith-based nonprofit's director. (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR.) But the East Point Church of Christ's bus ministry showed him hope and...

Ryan Champion charged with killing parents, sister, acquaintance

CADIZ, Ky (BNC) — Authorities have arrested and charged 36-year-old Ryan Champion with the deaths of his mother, father, and sister, as well as that of Vito Riservato, according to a Lexington TV website. Ryan’s father Lindsey was an elder in the Cadiz congregation. The Kentucky State Police have been investigating the murders of Ryan’s mother Joy Champion,  his father Lindsey Champion, his sister Emily Champion and Vito Riservato. They were all found shot at the elder Champion’s residence in Cadiz on Sunday, Oct. 26. Ryan was the sole survivor of the incident. The investigation gave probable cause for an arrest warrant...

  • Preacher, lay your debt burden down

  • Civil rights attorney, minister Fred Gray portrayed in ‘Selma’

  • Modern-day Job preaching again

  • A 'bus ministry kid' gives back

  • Ryan Champion charged with killing parents, sister, acquaintance

Alumni of Nashville Christian Institute live out Marshall Keeble’s dream

NCI sign

A poster from 1946, showing staff and students at Nashville Christian Institute, stands next to the registration table for the NCI reunion. (Photo by Erik Tryggestad)

In 1935, after addressing a chapel audience at Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University), African-American evangelist Marshall Keeble wrote:

The boys and girls are wonderfully trained for future service in the church. I hope some day to see a school for our colored boys and girls because it is badly needed. Our young preachers are doing fine when we consider that they have no place to be trained by such godly men as (E.H.) Ijams, (N.B) Hardeman, Cox and Armstrong. I pray that these men may live long.

Seventy-seven years later, former students have gathered to fellowship and reminisce about their years at the Nashville Christian Institute. From 1940 to 1968, “the house on 24th Avenue” in Nashville was the realization of Keeble’s dream — a place where black youths could receive a Christian education as they were equipped for ministry.

The NCI reunion happens every two years, rotating among the cities of the South, arriving back in the Nashville area about every six years, said Fred Gray. The civil rights attorney for Martin Luther King Jr., best known for representing Rosa Parks, is an NCI alum. In 1967 he filed a lawsuit that challenged the transfer of NCI’s assets to David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University), exposing a deep divide between black and white members of Churches of Christ.

Recently, Christian Chronicle managing editor Bobby Ross Jr. reported on the university’s efforts to heal old wounds as it awarded Gray an honorary doctorate.

I spoke with Gray and a few of the school’s alumni at a mixer in the lobby of the Embassy Suites in Franklin. Some came from as far away as Washington, D.C., and California.

Despite the school’s humble beginnings and financial challenges, it produced graduates who became physicians, lawyers, teachers and politicians.

Margaret Beamon, who was helping with registration, said that her mother, Louise Johnson, was the driving force behind her time at NCI. Johnson insisted that all eight of her children attend. Beamon worked for 40 years in the Milwaukee public school system. One of her brothers, Albert Johnson, was the mayor of Las Cruces, N.M. — the first black mayor in the state of New Mexico. Beamon is a member of the 40th Avenue Church of Christ in Nashville.

I also met Wendell Wilkie Gunn. After his time at NCI, he became the first black student to enroll at Florence State College in Alabama (now the University of North Alabama). His admission to the college was the result of another lawsuit filed by Gray in 1963.

After graduating with a degree in chemistry and mathematics, he went on to serve as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan for international trade from 1982-84. He concentrated on trade negotiations in Southeast Asia. Now he’s a semi-retired consultant and a member of the Stamford Church of Christ in Connecticut.

Gunn said he played only the tiniest of roles in America’s struggle for civil rights.

Speaking to his fellow NCI alum, Gray, he said, “You guys looked into the mouth of the beast every day, for years.”

 

 

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