In collaboration with Pastor’s Care, the members of St. John United Holy Church celebrated the third anniversary of Rev. Dr. George K. Horton, Pastor of St. John.
The weekend-long celebration began Friday, Aug. 18 with a night of joyful noise headed by St. John’s Youth Department and featured the St. John Youth Choir, United Voices Ensemble (UVE), soloists, and guest choirs from Wakefield Missionary Baptist Church and Pilot Missionary Baptist Church.
The All White Affair was a formal gala held at the Westing Event Center in Raleigh on Saturday night. The room, decorated in white with accents of teal and silver, glowed in soft light while Pastor Horton, First Lady Gloria Horton, and guests enjoyed selections from UVE, Sister Elizabeth Bynum, Brother Taurian Parham, and a hilarious performance from “The Head ‘Ursher'”, Evangelist Paula M. Grange. Saturday also featured presentations from United Hope Community Development Corporation, Inc., Sister Edna Goodson, and Pastor’s Care of St. John.
Pastor’s Anniversary Weekend wrapped up Sunday with two special services. Throughout both services, various auxiliaries, families, and individuals spoke encouraging words, expressed gratitude, and gave honor to God for Pastor and First Lady Horton.
At 11 a.m., Dr. Gloria Aghogah, Associate Minister of Faith Gospel Tabernacle United Holiness Church, Durham, NC preached “There is Yet One Man Worth Following”, advising attendees that we are in a self-appointing age where people who call themselves “prophet” only seek to profit and give out false prophecies to people suffering from the “Ahab Syndrome” – they only want to be told something good. Dr. Aghogah not only encouraged the congregation to seek the truth but to continue to follow Pastor Horton as long as he is following God.
At 3 p.m., Elder Lemuel Gilbert, Pastor of Faith Gospel Tabernacle United Holiness Church began his sermon with a beautiful moment of worship, thanking God for His Shekinah glory, asking Him to deliver and set free those who need it, and urging the congregation to lift His name and give Him glory because He deserves it. Elder Gilbert spoke from the theme, “Leadership Worth Following”, expressing the vital signs of a healthy church and leader. He preached to test our hearts, advised the true test of a person’s character is his fruit and mentioned that we need integrity, consistency of words and attitude, in a leader. Elder Gilbert ended his powerful message emboldening Pastor Horton to continue to be a man of integrity, to keep doing what God has called him to do, and not to leave his work undone. He told Pastor Horton, “Preach His word, preach his word.”
View the gallery below for weekend highlights and visit our YouTube Channel for select performances from throughout the weekend.