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First Baptist Church of South Orange Dynamic Marriage Ministry

Saturday, July 21, 2018

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you 1Thessalonians 3:12 (NIV)


First Baptist Church of South Orange Dynamic Marriage Ministry

Mission: “Building Strong Marriages One Marriage at a Time to Impact the World for Christ�


Welcome We are delighted to have you here to participate and share in the 2nd Annual Dynamic Marriage Dinner Dance Cruise hosted by First Baptist Church of South Orange. Thank you for joining us. That many of you travel long distances serves to remind us all just how important date night is. Under the leadership and guidance of Rev. Dr. Terry L. Richardson, Clarence and Jerri Drakes a husband and wife team lead the Dynamic Marriage ministry. They are passionate about ‘Building Strong Marriages, One Marriage at a Time. Together they facilitate marriage enrichment classes designed to develop healthy habits necessary for marital growth. Their one-to-one coaching, online marriage assessment and marriage mentorship program help couples to understand God’s design for marriage, giving them a greater sense of fulfilment in realizing the gift of a lifelong marriage. First Baptist Church of South Orange Dynamic Marriage Ministry celebrates twelve years of serving the community. But we are not alone. On this occasion we honor and celebrate marriage ministry leaders in our community. We honor them because of their passion to serve God, their commitment to encourage couples for lifelong covenant marriage, and their sacrifice to walk the path of the “wedded life” with couples.

The Marriage Promise Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me I will answer them; I will be there with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them, With long life I will satisfy them and show them my salvation. Psalm 91:14016 NRSV


What We Believe About Marriage:

We believe marriage is God’s idea and it is still a good idea. God created it, designed it, established it and set the principles and rules governing the institution of marriage. Gen 2:20

We believe marriage is foundational. The relationship between Christ and the Church is a model for what should exist between a husband and wife. A relationship of unconditional respect, mutual submission and sacrificial love. Ephesians 5:21-32

We believe marriage is a fusion between one man and one woman divinely appointed by God as the foundation for society. Marriage takes work to produce the fruits of a lifetime commitment while walking the path of the wedded life. Gen. 2: 23-24

We believe marriage is honorable – the success of your marriage depends on both husband and wife intentionally committing to the spiritual institution of marriage. Your marriage should be respected, valued, and esteemed. Hebrews 13:4

We believe marriage is a precious Gem. Your marriage is the example of how gems are formed in the earth. After much time, pressure, and intense heat , charcoal is formed. After much more time, pressure and intense heat the diamond is produced. Your marriage is a diamond in the making.

We believe the key to a successful marriage is knowledge. Hosea 4:6a, Proverbs 1:7


Congratulations Honorees

Darrell and Susan Pope St. James AME Baptist Church Newark, New Jersey

Darryl and Cecilia Carrington St. Paul Baptist Church Montclair, New Jersey

Curtis and Tina Norton Victory Faith Christian Center Norton Ministries Valley Stream, New York


Darrell and Susan Pope Shortly after Darrell & Susan Pope were married, they learned the true meaning of living their vows. Eight months into their marriage, Darrell experienced a near death

episode from surgery complications. For the remainder of that first year of marriage, Susan nursed Darrell back to health. Today they are both happy and healthy. They used dance to bring themselves closer to God and back to each other. Darrell is a Para-Professional with Orange Public Schools and an actor. He has appeared on stage, in independent films, small background/extra roles in television and movies. Darrell also mentors’ young men through his ALFA Design Clothing business, teaching young men to dress for success and become entrepreneurs. He is a graduate of Momentum Education Leadership Program. Susan Pope holds a BA in dance from the University of Maryland and a MA in dance education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Currently she teaches dance for Newark Public Schools. In 2017 Susan was inspired to create a nonprofit organization dedicated to dance education and the emotional healing aspects of dance. She developed I Dance Because to help people facing developmental and life transitions to better understand and access their inner

strength and to learn to celebrate themselves in the face of life’s adversities. Together Darrell and Susan have developed Living Our Vows Program for Couples. Marriage enhancement is essential to maintaining a strong and healthy marriage covenant. This program serves as a tool to help facilitate the maintenance necessary for a successful marriage. This program uses the transformative power of dance to help couples learn to acknowledge the vows they have taken and purposefully live them every day. Couples learn the tools needed to maintain a healthy relationship. Couples focus on topics such as communication, expression, nurturing, joint finances, and joint vision building. The Pope’s minister in dance and spoken word at weddings, conferences, workshops and meetings. Read more of their story Dance with Me – In Sickness and in Health.


Darryl and Cecilia Carrington

Darryl and Cecilia Carrington lead the Marriage Enrichment Ministry at St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ, where Rev. Dr. Bernadette Glover is the Senior Pastor. The Carrington’s have served as ministry leaders for ten years, and they are truly grateful to the Lord because it gives them the opportunity to introduce others to Christ! The mission of the Marriage Enrichment Ministry is to equip couples with biblical tools to strengthen marriages so that they can thrive! These tools are offered through monthly

meetings, pre-marital mentoring sessions, through special presentations such as the Art of Marriage video series, and through attendance at powerful events such as the Family Life Weekend to Remember marriage conference, where couples are taught how to apply valuable principles from God’s Word to their marriages. The Carrington’s have facilitated Sunday School classes for married couples and encourage participation in fun date night activities such as the Amazing Escape Room! Darryl and Cecilia know that God’s Word has transformation power! They have seen marriages revived when the Word of God is put into practice! When marriages thrive, the family thrives, producing a godly legacy! The Carrington’s will celebrate 32 years of marriage on July 12, 2018! They are blessed with two children, Brittany and James, son-in-law Kevin, and twin grandsons Hampton and Miles! They reside in Bloomfield, NJ.


Reverend Curtis and Tina Norton Curtis and Tina Norton are a team ministry model. Over 33 years together, they have covered the world teaching God's love and grace. They value people, believe there is a purpose for every life, and are committed to walking each one towards destiny. The passion for God's will fuels them to develop and nurture all facets of church culture. They declare the Word of God with clarity in a practical approach in order to empower people from all walks of life. The Norton's are Authors, Entrepreneurs, and Kingdom Representatives who are poised to stand with a relevant message of Jesus Christ...taking the Gospel to the World! Presently they are Pastors of Victory Faith Christian Center located in Valley Stream, New York. Curtis and Tina Norton have modeled team ministry as husband and wife. Believing God’s desire to display the successful ministry of husband and wife together, has allowed them to touch the lives of many throughout the United States, Africa and Asia. The Norton’s’ understanding of marriage has propelled them into a new movement, known as Married Strong 4 Life, to build lasting and strong relationships for one million married couples by the year 2020. They are world renown authors of Foundations, Covenant Rules: A Marriage Manual, and Power Team: A Blueprint for Dominion & Destiny.


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Thank you for your support

Rev. Dr. Terry L. Richardson 103 Valley Street South Orange, New Jersey 07079 www.fbcso.org 973 763 8593

First Baptist Church of South Orange - Dynamic Marriage Dinner Dance Cruise  

First Baptist Church of South Orange - Dynamic Marriage Ministry 2018 Dinner Dance Cruise souvenir journal.

First Baptist Church of South Orange - Dynamic Marriage Dinner Dance Cruise  

First Baptist Church of South Orange - Dynamic Marriage Ministry 2018 Dinner Dance Cruise souvenir journal.

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