Local Pastor Asks Community, ‘Can God Transform Ya?’

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A Spiritual Renewal Week, in the form of a revival, will be held at 7 p.m. on June 3 and 4 at Peoples Congregational UCC, 4704 13th St. N.W. The evangelist will be the Rev. Dr. James Forbes, a world renowned preacher and pastor emeritus at Riverside Church in New York City.

Forbes, who was installed as the fifth senior minister of Riverside on June 1, 1989, and retired on June 1, 2007, was the first African American to serve as senior minister of this multicultural congregation.

Forbes is known as the “preacher’s preacher” because of his extensive career and distinct delivery. In the March 4, 1996, issue of Newsweek magazine, Forbes was recognized as one of the 12 “most effective preachers” in the English-speaking world. He was designated as one of America’s greatest Black preachers by Ebony magazine in 1984 and 1993.

The theme will be “Can God Transform Ya?” Music will be rendered by guest choirs. The Rev. Michael C. Murphy, senior minister, invites the public to come and be spiritually uplifted during this time of renewal. Call the church office at 202-829-5511 for additional information.