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Pastor Mike Todd and Natalie Todd Welcome Baby No.4

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Congratulations are in order for Pastor Mike Todd and Natalie Todd.

Mike Todd and Natalie Todd

The couple who lead Transformation Church, welcomed their daughter Gia Joy Symone Hope into the world on June 3rd.

Baby Gia weighed 7lbs and 11oz. After a little extra hospital stay due to jaundice, baby Gia headed home to meet her brothers and sisters.

This is the fourth child for the couple, who are also parents to Bella, Mj, and Ava.

Mike Todd and Natalie Todd

Congratulations #ToddSquad may God continue to bless your family and ministry real good!

If you haven’t already, check out the “Right Here” video from the Pastor featuring his lovely wife.

Maverick City Music’s Chandler Moore and Hannah Poole Are Married Ya’ll!

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One year after meeting, Maverick City Music’s Chandler Moore and Hannah Poole have tied the knot!

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Photo Credit: Kayla L. Smith

The couple said I do in front of family and friends on Tuesday at The 4 Eleven in Fort Worth, Texas.

In a statement to People, the couple called their wedding the climax of the last year of their life.

“What we experienced at our wedding was the climax of this last year of our lives. We first met June 8th 2020, and we got married a year later to the date,” they shared. “These last 12 months have been full of joy, and that’s exactly what our wedding was.”

Photo Credit: Kayla L. Smith

In attendance at the couple’s wedding were The Real‘s Adrienne Bailon Haughton and singer-songwriter Israel Houghton, Kirk and Tammy Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Tony Brown and Jonathan Jay “JJ”, of TRIBL Records and founders of Maverick City Music.

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Photo Credit: Kayla L. Smith

Moore wore a Rich Fresh tuxedo, Tom Ford shirt and tie paired with Christian Louboutin shoes while Hannah wore a Grace Loves Lace dress and Saint Laurent heels.

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Photo Credit: Kayla L. Smith

Hillsong Atlanta Campus Launches with First Black Lead Pastors

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Hillsong Atlanta launched on June 6th and made history while doing so.

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Sam Collier and his wife Toni Collier are the church’s lead pastors. The first time ever the religious organization has had a Black person lead one of their churches.

Pastor Collier met Hillsong founder Brian Houston during the Black Lives Matter movement.

People were marching in the streets, some rioting, and Collier said Houston told him it was time. Hillsong wanted to be part of changing the narrative and changing the world.

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And, Houston said, he wanted Collier to be part of that work, according to Religion News.

Collier grew up in Atlanta, where his dad was a pastor. He got his start in ministry at Ebenezer and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

He then moved to North Point Community Church, led by Andy Stanley, before partnering with the Houston’s.

“I needed to see some different things and get exposed to another world, even get a new narrative about another community.”

Hillsong Atlanta Service Times are: 10am and 4pm

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Now Doing God’s Work

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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has given his life to Christ.

Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Here’s a quick backstory:

In March 2013, he was convicted on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. In October 2013, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison.

His 28 year sentence was then commuted by our former President back in January.

Since then he has moved to the Atlanta area, where he’s preparing for ministry and engaged to be married.

In an article published in Deadline Detroit, the former Mayor shared a little bit of his redemption story.

I’m really in a position now where I just hope that people see the fruit of my repentance from that.

He’s scheduled to attend Columbia University in the fall, but this weekend he’s headed home to Detroit to speak at two churches.

“So it’s going to be my hometown debut,” he says. “This is the first time that I’ve done anything public since getting out of prison.”

The former mayor’s life started changing while serving time in El Reno, Oklahoma.

In 2014, I had an experience in prison through volunteers who came every week. There was a guy named Bruce Smith, he was from Yukon, Okla. He asked me a question: Did I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? And I told him I did not.

I was really depressed during that period of time, and angry, and he took the time to talk to me about it. And through that experience of talking with him, I know that I truly received the gift of freedom of liberty and salvation in Jesus Christ.

Amen!

Jamal and Gizelle Bryant Call It Quits Again!

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I guess it wasn’t the right time for Pastor Jamal and Gizelle Bryant to rekindle their love.

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I’m not gonna lie, I was excited when I found out that Pastor Bryant and Gizelle had gotten back together. I had been following the both of them since their days leading the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore.

They were married for 7 years with three beautiful girls before divorcing in 2009.

Fast forward and Jamal becomes the pastor of New Birth in Georgia and Gizelle is starring on RHOP. She was there when he said goodbye to the Empowerment Temple and hello to New Birth. They were commenting on each other’s Instagram posts and then BOOM he made an appearance on the RHOP and it was on and popping from there.

Jamal and Gizelle Bryant

Now, the RHOP star is revealing that the two have called it quits again, citing the distance due to COVID-19.

“We were working on us getting back to together … but he lives in Atlanta [and] I live in Maryland … with the pandemic…we just realized it’s not the right time. It’s just not going to work,” she shared on the Breakfast Club with friend Robyn Dixon.

Even though we may not get to see these two marry again, Gizelle shared that they are still a part of each others lives.

“We’ve been in each other’s lives for 25 years,” she continued. “He is one of my best friends [and] I to him. I don’t know anyone more than I know a Jamal Bryant. No, we’re not together, but yes, we are still in each other’s lives.”

Man! I was so ready to see these two tie the knot again.

Bishop T.D. Jakes: The Church is Needed To Help Treat Trauma From The Pandemic

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Trouble don’t last always, but trauma last for awhile,” Bishop T.D. Jakes shared during an ad council event to promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence among the faith community.

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Jakes revealed that he borrowed the above phrase from [Bishop] Vashti McKenzie, adding that this is the reality that we are living in.

“And the Church is more needed now than ever before to treat the residue of trauma. We’re seeing it in an escalation of murders. We are seeing it in an escalation of divorce. We’re seeing it in an escalation of spousal abuse. Trauma takes on a lot of forms. And it’s one thing to hear it as a word, but when you see it in the behavior of people, sometimes we don’t really associate their behavior with the isolation that preceded it, the fear and the frustration, the loss of jobs that preceded it,” he shared.

“The Church is needed more than ever before. The Gospel is needed more than ever before, and finding ways that we can minister to the souls of men, the emotions, the mind, memories in a holistic way. If you’re not sleeping right, if you’re not eating right, if you’re having digestive issues … it may be coming from suppressed trauma that may not be showing outwardly but may be eating you up inwardly. Ministry is very helpful,” he continued.  

“David said, ‘no man cared for my soul.’ The doctors can care for your body, but the Church cares for your soul. So whether it takes therapy, counseling, but most of all ministry to get you to well, that’s what we want to see happen.”