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Black history banquet honors work done by wives of Pentecostal bishops

Written by Ann Rodgers on .

The volunteer community work done by the wives of black Pentecostal bishops in the Greater Pittsburgh area will be honored Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Black History Achievement Awards banquet at the Airport Marriott hotel in Coraopolis.

Thirty women, some of whom have well known ministries in their own right, will be recognized at the banquet, which is honoring the legacies of Underground Railway conductor Harriet Tubman and civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks. In some wings of the black Pentecostal tradition the title bishop is given to leaders of significant congregations as well as to those with hierarchical jurisdiction over a region.

Among those honored will be the Rev. Annette Carswell of Potter's House Ministries, the Rev.  Barbara Garlington of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, Barbara Mann of Pentecostal Temple, literacy advocate Rozelle Pamphile (whose husband is now the territorial bishop of Haiti) and the Rev. Lola M. Thorpe of the Northside Institutional Church of God in Christ.

The event is sponsored by the pastor's wives of the Church of God in Christ in western Pennsylvania. It features an all-day series of workshops on health, education and leadership trainining, as well as entertainment. Among the banquet speakers will be Brian Shirler on behalf of the National Awareness Campaign to End Domestic Child Sex Trafficking.

"We celebrate and honor those who have made a difference in their communities and who have aspired to the highest idea of commitment to their churches and family," said the announcement for the event.

Workshops start at  10 a.m., the banquet at 4 p.m. For more information contact The Rev. David Clark or Dr. Melessie Clark at 724-775-7856 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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