“We’re Better Together” The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Tacoma will once again bring the community together to celebrate Monday, January 21, 2019 as a day on, not a day off.
January 21, 2019
10 AM – Doors open for Community Outreach Fair
11 AM – Program begins
1500 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
There is free holiday on-street parking and free parking at Freighthouse Square (2501 E. D Street). Freighthouse Square is easily accessible via the LINK Light Rail and stops at the Convention Center. There will also be signage directing event attendees to designated complimentary parking stalls that will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.
City Events and Recognition Committee
The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration program is spearheaded by a City Council-appointed City Events and Recognition Committee. The Committee is comprised of local community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds and areas of expertise.
The City Events and Recognition Committee serves as an advisory and action committee on matters pertaining to City-hosted events and special recognition programs. Members are responsible for planning, reviewing and evaluating events, engaging the community in its fundraising efforts, and soliciting corporate and private sponsorships to leverage funds for City-hosted events such as the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration and the City of Destiny Awards.
About President Dr. Isiaah Crawford – University of Puget Sound
A distinguished scholar, teacher, and college administrator,Isiaah Crawford became president of University of Puget Sound on July 1, 2016, following an extensive national search. Crawford’s academic work and achievements as a senior administrator are closely aligned with the values and aspirations of Puget Sound, and with the key areas of challenge and opportunity facing higher education today.
Crawford came to Puget Sound following service as provost and chief academic officer of Seattle University (2008–16), where he directed the Division of Academic Affairs and oversaw the university’s schools and colleges, libraries, enrollment, information technology, institutional research, and offices supporting student academic achievement, faculty affairs, and global engagement.
Key areas of focus during his service to Seattle University included strategic planning; strengthening shared governance; securing grants and other gifts in support of fundraising objectives; supporting teaching, research, and service activities of the faculty; and establishing the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and the School of New and Continuing Studies, which began operation in academic year 2015–16. Working with university leadership, he participated in the development of more than $200 million in key facilities projects, including renovation of the library and establishment of a learning commons; a new residence hall; a new fitness center and remodeled intramural athletic field; the School of Law annex; an admission and alumni center; and planning for a new science facility.
From 2004 to 2008, Crawford was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, where he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology in 1987 as an assistant professor and through the years was tenured and promoted to the rank of professor in 1999. He taught courses in psychology of personality, human sexuality, addictive behavior, human diversity, and minority mental health. He also served as graduate program director of the clinical psychology doctoral program (1994–97), Department of Psychology chair (1997–2003), and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2003–04).
A licensed clinical psychologist, Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from DePaul University, where his research focused on personality theory and community psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center; worked as a clinical specialist at Charter Barclay Hospital and staff therapist at DePaul University Community Mental Health Center; and maintained a private clinical practice in Chicago from 1987 through 2002.
A recipient of national awards, including three from the American Psychological Association, he has been published in numerous scholarly journals over the past 30 years—including, most recently, the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Child and Family Studies, AIDS Care, and Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality—on topics including post-traumatic stress, racial inequality, HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse, visual impairment, poverty, depression, and more. Crawford has served on the editorial boards of professional publications, including the International Journal of Sexual Health, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, and Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention & Education for Adolescents & Children. He serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, The Annapolis Group, Independent Colleges of Washington, and the Northwest Conference, as well as the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Symphony, Providence St. Joseph Health (chair, Work/Life Committee), Providence Health Plan (chair, Governance Committee) and The ROPA Corporation (St. Louis).
Crawford’s numerous other activities include serving on the board of directors for Swedish Health Services (2010–12), AIDS Foundation of Chicago (1994–08; board president, 2004–06), and Horizons Community Center (1988–92). He is former president of the Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and previously served on the national advisory board of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute (2006–08), National Institutes of Health Panel Review–AIDS and Related Research (1999–2002), and various roles with the American Psychological Association.
Celebrating The Life Of Dr. Edna Travis
Dr. Travis co-founded New Covenant Pentecostal Tabernacle in Tacoma, Washington, more than 40 years ago, and she has also initiated numerous outreach ministries. New Covenant’s “Feeding Program” has been serving a hot evening meal every day since March 1985. In addition, Dr. Travis maintains monthly ministries at McNeil Island Correction Center, Orchard Park Health Care Center, and Tacoma Rescue Mission. Her radio ministry, “The Midnight Cry Messenger,” was heard for three years on KBLE and then for two years on KLAY. She was Vice President of the Full Gospel Pentecostal Association, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, for 17 years.
Dr. Travis has also trained many men and women of God in ministry. Although passed at 91 years of age, she remains active visiting people who are sick or shut-in, as well as holding prayer meetings and Bible study sessions until the Lord called her home. Her faith, perseverance, and love of the gospel of Jesus Christ was served as an example to others. Her ultimate objective was to make known to this generation the power of God.
D.Beaver – NW FACTS MEDIA GROUP
Dr. Edna Earl Travis has transitioned from this life on January 2, 2019, and is now celebrating with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Viewing services | January 18, 2019, 3-6: 30 pm
Praise Service | 7 pm
New Covenant Pentecostal Tabernacle
Address: 2156 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405
Official Service | January 19, 2019
Home Going | 11 am
Address: 1717 S UNION Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
Monday, December 31, 2018, 10:00 PM – Tuesday, January 01, 2019, 2:00 AM
Location: New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 19300 108th Ave SE, Kent, WA US 98031
Sunday, December 23, 2018, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 19300 108th Ave SE, Kent, WA US 98031
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FREE family visit with Black Santa!
Sunday, December 16th, 2017
11AM to 4PM
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA
KID FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AND FUN
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS PROVIDED
Dr. Jackson is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, currently resides in University Place, Washington. He’s married to Rev. Evette Jackson, and they have two sons, Omari and Eric, II.
After serving for several years, Pastor Jackson was licensed and ordained at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, in Norcross, Georgia, by Bishop Dr. William Sheals. He went on to serve as Assistant to the Pastor, Youth Pastor, and Singles’ Pastor at The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was the founding pastor of the Greater Heights Christian Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where he served for 8 years. After leaving Georgia, he served as the senior pastor of the Main Post Chapel Gospel Congregation in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Prior to 2014, Dr. Jackson resided in Ewa Beach, Hawaii (the Island of Oahu), while serving a tour of duty at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. He now lives in University Place, Washington, and serves as senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tacoma. Additionally, Pastor Jackson’s ministry has reached abroad, as well. He’s taken pilgrimages throughout Israel and done missionary work in Haiti.
In 2003, Pastor Jackson earned a Master of Divinity degree (cum laude), with a concentration in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care and completed additional course work in Homiletics, at Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta. Previously, in 1992, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Louisiana and graduated from Peabody Magnet High School. Understanding the necessity of education and preparation, Pastor Jackson returned to the academy, and in May 2012, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree (summa cum laude) at the ITC, where he specialized in Pastoral Counseling. (Dissertation: “Bridging the Gap between Sunday in the Combat Zone and Sunday at Home: Case Study: The Intersection of War, PTSD, and Pastoral Care & Counseling for Soldiers and their Families”).
Additionally, he has spent over 30 years in the military – over 25 years as an officer. From 2007 to 2008, Pastor Jackson completed a tour of duty in Iraq, where he ministered to hundreds of Soldiers on a weekly basis and trained over 50 ministers – two of which were licensed into the Gospel ministry. Upon completion of his tour, he became an Army Chaplain and continues to minister today. He has also served in this capacity in the local chapter of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, where he’s a Life Member. Likewise, he was certified by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police as a police chaplain.
Over the years, Pastor Jackson’s ministry has been heavily involved in the lives of the youth and unmarried adults. Beyond that, he has developed a seven-phase series of Ministers’ Development Training courses, in which he covers various subject from ministerial conduct to roles of a pastor. In 2001, after having trained more than 75 ministers, Pastor Jackson launched EDJ Ministries, Inc., whose goal is to educate and elevate the thinking of ministers and lay-leaders.
This man of God is a preacher, teacher, speaker, poet, and the author of Good News From On High! His personal mission is to educate, empower, and encourage all people – both young and mature, “churched” and “un-churched,” laypersons and ministers. With such a love for people, Pastor Jackson has devoted his life to God’s service and people.
Pastor Jackson’s motto is: “Preaching to encourage…and teaching to empower.” This is a goal he sets for reaching God’s people, so they are spiritually equipped. Above all…Pastor Dr. Eric D. Jackson is spirit-filled. He loves the Lord, is crucified with Him!
Calling all families, youth, parents, grandparents, & young adults! Are you ready to laugh, worship, sing & dance?
For the very first time Multi-Grammy nominated artists The Walls Group will perform live in the Pacific Northwest. Nate Jackson—nationally accomplished comedian will bring comedy—creating an evening of entertainment you will not want to miss!! All are welcome to the SHIFT Conference community night.
The NEW SHIFT CONFERENCE July 20-22
Get ready for a YOUNG ADULT conference unlike any other in the Pacific Northwest! SHIFT has one main goal: to EMPOWER young adults to become high impact leaders in the church, community & family life. Our workshops and activities address the needs of the TOTAL person…Mind-Body-Spirit.
The SHIFT Conference features:
- Nationally recognized preachers, scholars, community organizers & clinicians
- A fresh menu of workshops that will transform participants personally, professionally, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and economically.
- Food & Childcare!!
- Social and Networking events
- Dynamic Worship
- Entertainment by The Walls Group & Nate Jackson
- SO MUCH MORE!
A NEW SHIFT is coming….you don’t want to miss it.
Visit www.theshiftconference.org for all details related to SHIFT weekend!
Grab your tickets for the concert of the summer!
Visit www.theshiftconference.org for more information and to purchase tickets!
Christ Embassy’s Man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has concluded the 2018 Holy Land Tour. The church planned out the trip meticulously for the benefit of believers of Jesus across the world.
Hundreds of the Pastor’s followers joined him on this spiritual visit to Israel and Jordan. Each day on the itinerary was filled with sites seeing of holy places, considered important to both Christians and Jews. The tour followed the journey Christ took in the Bible and scripture, allowing participants to walk in His footsteps and learn from His glory.
LoveWorld incorporations were overwhelmed by the warm welcoming they got from the Jewish Land. Jews and Christians alike were delighted for the visit of Pastor Chris, highlighting the close connection Evangelicals have to the Holy Land and its people.
The visit coincided with two monumental events for the state of Israel. The first is the marking of the 70th year of Independence for the Jewish Land. The second event was the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
Earlier this year the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, announced his intentions of moving the Embassy. The move aimed to signal to the international community that the US stands behind and recognizes the Holy City, Jerusalem, as the capital of the Jewish Land, Israel. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a celebratory reception in honor of the move. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was personally invited to the event. The Pastor received warm welcome and was embraced by members of government as well as a variety of Jewish individuals. The hosts were eager to welcome the world-renowned Evangelist Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and his entourage managed to visit numerous sites during the eight-day visit Some included Caesarea, the Sea of Galilee, Abu Gosh, Mount Hertzel, and the Tomb of Lazareth. Additionally, one group was provided with the opportunity to visit holy sites in Jordan, witnessing the diversity of the Holy Land. Participants and local observers were also able to see Pastor Chris Oyakhilome minister many times throughout the trip. They testified that ministrations were “filled with gospel and glory, bringing all those involved closer to the Lord.”
The trip offered a lot of opportunities to the attendees and was designed to create a memorable experience. Selected moments from the 2018 Holy Land Tour are available at https://bit.ly/2I6BcRX and more information can be obtained from the blog: https://bit.ly/2rbI7UJ
KingsChat application offers selected photos from the trip as well.
About Christ Embassy:
Christ Embassy is a community that comprises of worldwide network of churches that combine a vast and diverse congregation from all walks of life. The vision of Christ Embassy is to bring the Divine Presence to each person and nation of the world. The founder of the embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and the other members of the embassy have a strong desire and passion to achieve the goal of bringing people together, under the common knowledge of the Divine character made possible in Jesus Christ.
FIRST COVENANT CHURCH is hosting a book event featuring Dominique Gilliard, author of Rethinking Incarceration. Gilliard’s book provides a timely, faith leader’s perspective on more just alternatives to mass incarceration as Seattleites organize against the new youth jail being built and imagine together a society where all thrive and are free.
Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. He also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch, and the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.”
An ordained minister, Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland. He earned two bachelor’s degrees—in African American Studies and History—from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in history from East Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on race, gender, and class in the United States. He also earned an MDiv from North Park Seminary, where he served as an adjunct professor teaching Christian ethics, theology, and reconciliation.”
For more information, please visit http://www.firstcovenantseattle.org/rethinking-incarceration/