McKnights celebrate ministry
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
The 52nd Pastoral Anniversary of Bishop James E. McKnight Sr. and Mother Jessie McKnight was celebrated with an outpouring of love and admiration, gospel music, words of wisdom, video expressions of love and dinner at Gainesville Church of God By Faith.
GAINESVILLE CHURCH OF GOD BY FAITH
* Pastor: Bishop James E. McKnight Sr.
* Location: 735 SE 15th St.
* Services: Sunday School is 10 a.m., followed by Sunday worship at 11:30 a.m. and evening worship at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Prayer is 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Thursday Bible Study is 7:30 p.m.
* Phone: 352-376-9606.
Attended by more than 350 family members, friends, admirers and church leaders, the anniversary was held Saturday at the church at 735 SE 15th St. Musical selections were delivered by Minister of Music Casey Jones and the choir from Starke Church of God By Faith.
Elder James Williams III, pastor of the Tampa Church of God By Faith and superintendent of the Tampa West District, delivered the sermon. The topic was "Equipped By God for the Assignment." He preached from 1st Thessalonians 2:3-4 and 2nd Corinthians 10:18.
"In this work of the kingdom, not everyone is equipped," Williams said. "Bishop is equipped. This means that God himself has provided whatever is needed to get the assignment done. I think we have the best bishop in the world."
Presiding over the anniversary celebration was Elder Harry Johnson, pastor of the Yulee Church of God by Faith and superintendent of the Jacksonville District. The prayer was delivered by Elder Phillip Thomas, pastor of the Palatka Church of God By Faith.
Elder Cedric Matthews, pastor of the Jacksonville Church of God by Faith, read from 1st Thessalonians 5:12-16 and Elder Joseph Dix, pastor of the Lake City Church of God By Faith, read from Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
Special tributes were provided by Ann Copeland, a member of the Gainesville Church of God By Faith, who presented a video of Alachua County Commissioner Lee Pinkoson reading a proclamation honoring the McKnights.
Copeland also read a letter of commendation from U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. Janet Camps, a niece of the McKnights, presented them with a trophy from the Camps family. Elder James Williams Jr., pastor of the High Springs Church of God By Faith and superintendent of the Gainesville district, expressed his appreciation.
Evangelist Punch Baldwin of the Palatka Church of God By Faith, sang a medley of favorite songs of Bishop McKnight, which were "Precious Lord Take My Hand" and "99 1/2 Won't Do," and also of Mother McKnight, which consisted of "You Ought to Run and Tell That" and "I Still Have A Praise Inside of Me."
Words of expression were delivered by McKnight's brother, Elder Willie McKnight, pastor of the Alachua Church of God By Faith; Janie Sanford, sister of Mother McKnight and a member of the Gainesville Church of God By Faith, and Carolyn Cowan of Tampa, a niece of the McKnights.
Other words of expression were offered by Willie Robinson, a member of the Ft. Lauderdale Church of God By Faith. Beverly Crawford, also a niece and pastor of the Family Worship Center of Gainesville, was unable to attend, but she expressed her love via video.
The grandchildren of the McKnights also delivered via video their expressions of love.
Apostle J.L. Cash, an Orlando-based gospel singer and Gainesville native, called the McKnights his spiritual parents. "He is a builder and a character-maker," Cash said. "He makes you better."