UNION — A Union-born educator and minister will be the featured speaker at a special event at a Jonesville area church this Saturday.
Foster Chapel Baptist Church of Jonesville will hold its “Ladies In Red, Gentlemen in Black Day” program at 2 p.m.
The guest speaker will Dr. Ernest E. Jeffries, who described in a biography released by the church as “a seasoned educator and student affairs practitioner” who was born in Union on May 10, 1967. According to the biography, Jeffries is a Jonesville High School graduate and a graduate of the University of South Carolina Columbia where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Student Personnel.
After leaving USC, the biography states Jeffries “was employed by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Western Carolina University. He has been employed at Davidson College for the last twenty years as the Assistant Dean of Student Life.”
The biography states that, “in 2003 and 2011, Dr. Jeffries achieved additional educational milestones. He completed the Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.”
For the past 11 years, the biography states Jeffries has served as “Senior Pastor of the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Davidson, North Carolina. Under his leadership, Gethsemane has become a beacon of light in the Lake Normal Region.”
Jeffries is “married to the very lovely Terry Jeffries and they have two children, Jonathan, a senior at Davidson Day School, and Haley, a senior at Hampton University.”
The press release announcing Saturday’s event states that “everyone is invited” to attend and are urged to “please come for the success of the program and receive a blessing.”
This story was submitted by Foster Chapel Baptist Church of Jonesville.