Pastor Byron and First Lady Jill SmithRev. Harold Vann IIApostle Ronald Hill
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Rejoicing and praise envelops Curry Temple C.M.E. members as they prepare to celebrate the 50th Church Anniversary on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, in the city of Compton. Designating the milestone as ‘The Year of Jubilee,' the congregation will hold a gala luncheon and two worship services to mark the occasion.
"We praise God for blessing us and empowering us to serve for a half -century and we are filled with excitement about the future as we strive to continue making a difference in this community," said Pastor Byron L. Smith.
Curry Temple was originally organized in 1961 as Allen Temple C.M.E. Church. Rev. Norris S. Curry, who was soon elected a C.M.E. Bishop, served as pastor in charge with assistance from Rev. F.J. Nelson. The church name was changed to Curry Temple in 1976.
"The greater Los Angeles area is invited to fellowship with us at both our luncheon and two services in celebration of this momentous event. We have three dynamic speakers who will impart the life-changing word of God with clarity and power," he added.
Rev. Harold Vann II will give the keynote address at the luncheon on June 11, at 11 a.m., at the Dollarhide Community Center, located at 1108 North Oleander Avenue in Compton. Rev. Vann is the founding pastor of Refuge Christian Church in Los Angeles.
Called to the pastoral ministry in 1993, Rev. Vann previously served as pastor of Guildfield Missionary Baptist Church in Danville, Virginia.
He earned his B.A. degree at California Baptist University in Riverside and master's degree at Duke University Divinity School in North Carolina. Currently, he is enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Claremont School of Theology.
Dr. Jamellza Ruth Carter, the wife of Pastor William Carter of Praise Tabernacle C.M.E. Church, will be the featured speaker at the 10:15 a.m. service on June 12.
A nationally recognized educator and law enforcement officer, Dr. Carter is listed in the Presidential Who's Who In America for Academics and Achievements recorded in the Library Of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Among her degrees are a master's in criminal justice and doctorate in education and administration. Dr. Carter is also a graduate of the Ohio State police Academy and Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science.
In addition, she is the recipient of numerous awards and active in several church and civic organizations.
Apostle Ronald Hill will preach at the 3:30 p.m. worship service. He is the founding pastor of Love and Unity Christian Fellowship in Compton. Also, Apostle Hill is the first African-American staff Chaplin to work for the Union Rescue Mission.
A frequent TBN guest and nationally requested speaker and instructor, he headed a multi-million dollar project that now houses the Love and Unity Christian Fellowship family. Starting with only 5 members, the church now ministers to a membership of 3,500.
An avid reader and Harley-Davidson rider, Apostle Hill has been married for 38 years married to Lady Osie Hill, a father to five adult children and grandfather to five.
Curry Temple C.M.E. Church is located at 336 E. Rosecrans Avenue in Compton. For information about all events, call (310) 632-8104.
(Bettye Nichols contributed to this article)