The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina Episcopal’s, will be the preacher and celebrant at the 11 a.m. service at Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church located at 310 Main Street in Elkin, according to church officials. The service will take place on Sunday, January 13th.
Rev. Gaye Brown, Vicar for the Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church, said a visit by a bishop can take up to two years to happen.
“It takes a lot to schedule a bishop, but we’re ready for his visit,” said Rev. Brown. “Not only is it exciting for us, but Bishop Curry is such a dynamic, powerful and gospel-based preacher, that his visit is inspirational for us.
A pot luck lunch will follow in the parish.
Bishop Curry was elected eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on February 11, 2000 and ordained bishop on June 17, 2000, at Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
According to church officials, Bishop Curry is best recognized for being the first African American bishop to lead a southern diocese of the Episcopal Church, he has a national preaching and teaching ministry, has been featured on The Protestant Hour and is a frequent speaker at services of worship and conferences around the country.
“He’s very concerned about the one’s Jesus spoke about, the marginalized people, the one’s who feel powerless,” Reverend Brown revealed to The Tribune. “Our bishop invites us to focus our ministry toward those who are really in need, people who are living in the shadows.”
Reverend Brown indicated that the Episcopal Church pivots and remains highly motivated from appearances and messages from church hierarchy. A focus of the church, according to the Reverend, is to “help the unfortunate, and in local cases, assist undocumented immigrants who also need Jesus.”
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