MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- “Preach Out” was held, on Saturday, at the Longview Heights Seventh-Day Adventist Church and hosted faith leaders from across the country.
Eight pastors and their choirs came to Memphis to fill the day with soulful music and teachings about how to find God in trying times.
Minister Alex Horton, host pastor of Longview Heights Seventh-Day Adventist Church, hosted the event and said church is a tool to overcome challenges in communities across the country.
“Church is an area where we can help educate, help encourage people to come together and learn how to get jobs, or applications for jobs, learn how to treat each other with respect,” Minister Horton said.
He said churches can have the power to help solve pressing issues in communities. In light of recent tragedies and crime in parts of Memphis, Minister Horton said people can come together in faith to help fix those problems.
“Our community has so many challenges and historically the
black church has been one where people can work together and solve some of the
problems in our area,” Minister Horton said.
Dr. William Cox, president of the Allegheny West Conference of Seventh Day Adventists in Columbus, Ohio, said despite everyone being from different churches there is still one great power that unites everyone.
“We serve the same God and the idea is that the challenges we face in life can all be addressed by a God of love,” Dr. Cox said.
Dr. Joe Grider, ministerial director of the South-Central Conference of SDA, came from Huntsville, Alabama and said a meeting such as “Preach Out” is a blessing.
“We believe that churches grow and people you’re able to reach people in the community when you have a community gathering like this,” Dr. Grider said.
Delicia Roberts has been a member of Longview Heights Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 22 years and sang at the event.
She said despite the violence in Memphis events like this are a reminder that there is a lot of good in Memphis and people from all different backgrounds can be united.
“I’m a believer that there’s not just going to be one denomination in heaven,” Roberts said.
“There’s going to be so many believers of different races, denominations from all over the world so this is an important event to remember that.”