By Portia Williams
September 10, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Christ Temple Church in Portsmouth held a Back to School Gospel Concert Saturday focused on reaching out to the local college student population.
Brandon Smith, one of the coordinators of the event, said he is pleased with the turnout.
“I think that everything went extremely well. We just want to make the students aware of Jesus, and that starting the school year with out him would be really hard,” Smith said.
Smith also said many of the Shawnee State University students are not familiar with churches in the local area.
“A lot of the students don’t even know about the churches, so we just wanted to bring awareness and provide support for their spiritual needs, ” Smith said.
Elder J.D. Crockrel, 22 of Christ Temple in Ashland, Ky. said he was please to be a part of the event.
“The service was great. I believe that it made a great impact for God. Young people need to know that if we live for God, that heaven will be our home,” Crockrel said.
Minister Johnathan Tye, 26, of Christ Temple of Cincinnati was the second speaker for the event.
“It was very powerful. My ministry is geared toward deliverance. I am inspired to talk about the issues that we deal with on daily basis. Youth need to know the power of God, and what he is able to do in their lives,” Tye said.
Deacon Ricardo Nelson, one of the concert coordinators, said events such as this one is important for young people.
“I believe that this event was God-ordained. The purpose of the concert was to minister to young people that have been bound, to hear the word and to get delivered,” Nelson said.
Elder Marcus Bendolph, pastor of Christ Temple of Portsmouth said he is pleased with the outcome of the concert and service.
“It was a wonderful service, high energy, and I am proud of the young people and the great work that they did in putting this service together,” Bendolph said.
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