Voorhees hosts first President’s Pastors Meet and Greet Brunch
September 11, 2018
Voorhees College recently held its first President’s Pastors Meet and Greet Brunch where President W. Franklin Evans met with several local pastors.
The brunch was designed to collaborate with surrounding area church officials to identify ways to increase the institution’s presence in the community.
Dr. Lugenia Rochelle, assistant professor of English, gave opening remarks about the humble beginnings of Voorhees College and the story of the founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright.
“We are standing on the shoulders of a giantess who labored tirelessly and sacrificially to maximize her God-given purpose during the short time she was alive. Wright sacrificed her health from exposure to cold weather because of meager clothing and shoes. She traveled miles, sometimes on foot trying to gain support for the institution. She worked without pay from 1897 to 1902. Her service was indeed “intelligent service,” Rochelle said.
Mr. and Miss Voorhees College 2018-2019 elect Nathanial Kemp and D’Ariel Walker, both members of the Voorhees College Choir performed “The Potter’s House,” by Tramaine Hawkins. Followed by the performance were closing remarks from President W. Franklin Evans about Voorhees continuing to rely on faith and God in all of the institution’s efforts.
“Our founder was called by God to start a school. She accepted God’s call and worked tirelessly to achieve her goal. We are a Christian institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church, where God has always been instrumental in our efforts. Students today do not always realize the shoulders on which they stand, we must remind them education is valuable and should never be taken for granted,” Evans said.
Rev. Dr. Alton Taylor of Capernaum Baptist Church in Denmark, S.C. said the event was wonderful.
“I loved we were all able to sit and talk with each other. I was introduced to pastors I had never met before and now new relationships are forming,” Taylor said.
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