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Dr. Robert L. McGowens, Sr. 501 W. Park Avenue Charlotte / Winston-Salem, NC

In just over a year’s time GGBCWinston has increased its growth and is presently increasing its progress. GGBCWinston has a new place to call home! On Saturday, February 5, the GGBC-Winston location celebrated the inaugural services of their new home at Southside Baptist Church—401E. Sprague Street, Winston-Salem. The partnership with Southside Baptist church includes joint use of the facility and future plans to have joint worship services. The service included a visit from Councilman James Taylor, Jr. who commended Pastor McGowens for GGBC’s presence in the community and the foresight to evangelize and spiritually revitalize Southward community. Now that’s progress in the making!

As the Winston campus celebrates a new place to call home, a number of those members are also celebrating their new leadership roles at the location. This group is the first to complete the

Diaconate and Trustee training program at the Winston campus. Congratulations to the Diaconate and Trustee inductees!

Small beginnings have great endings! And when we follow God’s building plan, whether it’s building our lives or building a worship structure, we are sure to see progress! Many of GGBC-Charlotte members grew up familiar with the several houses under the rental portfolio of the GGBC-Charlotte campus. Some of us could not have imagined that these properties would have ever been any place but in their place. The building phase of the 2011 Vision has begun! This first phase of the building process has for certain made the 2011 Vision a stark reality. Now that’s progress in the making!

December hosted the largest Baptismal service to date! 56 new members were welcomed into the GGBC Family and given the right hand of fellowship. The service was one that warmed the heart and confirmed that God is still in the soul saving business! Many of the candidates brought an element of amusement to the service in their haste to get “dunked.” The service was a wonderful way to close out the year and begin the new!


* Walls’ Welding & Fabrication—is the second home to Deacon-In-Training Clarence W. Wall. Wall’s Welding & Fabrication is a single proprietor business operated with Christian values and service to the community and surrounding areas. Wall’s Welding & Fabrication has completed many jobs at the Greater GalileeCharlotte campus. Think of welding and think of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ—a blacksmith using welding skills and expertise to create instruments and tools. If you happen to run into Mr. Wall during the week, you can bet he is either coming from or going to a work project whether church or personal—the commute is easy as Wall’s Welding and Fabrication is located just up the street from the church at 1108 S. Graham Street. Contact Wall’s Welding & Fabrication at 704.374.1801. Wall’s Welding & Fabrication, GGBC’s Business Feature of the Month!

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Youth Day is recognized on the 5th Sunday of the month…We’re proud of our youth who did an excellent job ministering on the day set aside to acknowledge their gifts of ministry.

Minister George Franklin Shears III and Joy Lashay Henry tied the knot on January 1, 2011…

Brotherhood Annual Day was celebrated January 16. We thank God for a family of men dedicated to living out the purpose of God!

A great man once said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something to die for, he isn’t fit to live.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GGBC paid tribute to the great Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 15. The celebration included twelve churches including GGBCCharlotte and GGBCWinston. This year

Jessie Elise Maddox born to Jessica McCain was dedicated on Sunday, January 30… Congratulations to both mom and daughter!

boasted an attendance of over 900 people—hosted by Greater Galilee-Charlotte. There was much enthusiasm and participation from both young and old alike. For those in the sanctuary the ministering of the various youth groups and participating churches was soul-stirring and electrifying. Through the combined efforts of the churches a charitable offering in the amount of $7,161.49 was collected to benefit Charlotte’s Crisis Assistance and Urban Ministries. As we continue to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, we must become the face of the dream. We must invoke our God given privileges and rights to ensure that we all live a life that is becoming of the nation in which we live, and the mighty God we serve!


February is Black History Month Black History Month is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the many African-Americans who have contributed to not only our rich black heritage but to our great country. This month we salute and highlight North Carolina’s Historymakers! Henry Frye (1933, Ellerbe) First black named to the NC Supreme Court (1983); first black elected to the General Assembly this century (1968); first black Assistant US Attorney in NC (1963). Shirley Caesar (1938, Durham) Nine-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer; Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee; former Durham City Council member; performed for three presidents and Nelson Mandela. John Baker (1953 Raleigh) First black elected Sheriff in NC since reconstruction (1978); appointed to Governor Hunt’s Commission on Crime & Justice; first NFL player drafted from a predominantly black college (1958). Maya Angelou (1928, St. Louis; Winston-Salem) Wrote the poem “On The Pulse of Morning” for President Clinton’s inauguration; Reynolds Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University since 1981; Women’s Film Hall of Fame inductee; acclaimed writer, director, producer, actress and public speaker. YMI (Young Men’s Institute) Built in 1891-1892, Asheville, founded by George Vanderbilt to serve the area’s black community and to house black workers constructing Biltmore Estates, later used as a meeting place and community center. Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting Grounds (Denver, NC) Founded early 19th century for Methodists to reach the slave population and continued after the abolishment of slavery. David Thompson (1954, Shelby) First team All American at NCSU; ACC Player of the Year ’73, ’74, ’75; AP National Player of the Year; NBA Hall of Famer; involved in ambassador program for Charlotte Hornets. Bill Campbell (1953, Raleigh) At the age of seven became the first black child to attend a previously all white school in Raleigh (1960); Duke law school graduate; Atlanta City Councilman twelve years; elected Atlanta’s office of mayor (1993). Michael Jordan ( Born in 1963, Wilmington) UNC-CH NCAA Championship team 1982, 1984 National College Player of the Year, 5 NBA Awards, 6 NBA Championships, 10 scoring titles, and NBA Team owner. John Merrick (1859, d. 1919) One of the founders of Durham’s NC Mutual Life Insurance, which is the largest black-owned company in the U.S

Feb 13 (8:00am) Pastor Emeritus Joseph R. Samuel, St. Stephens Baptist Church Feb 19 (1:00pm) General Baptist Congress of Christian Education (one-day session); Clothing Ministry OPEN HOUSE! Feb 20 (10:30am) Special Events Presentation:

Feb 21 (7:00pm) Mecklenburg Co. Miss. Union – First Mt. Zion Baptist Church: Guest Speaker, Dr. Robert L. McGowens, Sr. (Voices of Praise, Unified Praise, Going Gracefully Before Christ to minister) Feb 23 (7:15pm) Ministry Meetings

Feb 26 (12 noon) Sisters of Destiny Fellowship Brunch; Gen. Baptist Ushers one-day session Feb 27 (8:00am Unified Praise Mass Choir 10:30am) Annual Day


Georgia Miller

Jane Ingram

Patricia Pierce

Harold Sanders NOT PICTURED: Carlton Anthony Chasity Anthony

Vanessa Luster

Willa Adams

Ebony Robinson

Sharel Watson

Justice Johnson Yvonne Sanders Winston location

Quantavius Gillespie

Barry Clark

Tracy Walker

Joy Black

Aneisha Gillespie

Karen Grant

Lakese Toatley

Tameka Ingram

To our newest members welcome to the family and CONGRATULATIONS!


1/1/2012