By Joyce Walker
Special to Frost Illustrated
FORT WAYNE—The Jerusalem Baptist Church proudly announces the 5th Pastoral Celebration of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Aaron Griffin, March 21 through March 23, 2014. Our 5th Pastoral Celebration theme is “Pastor with A New Spirit,” taken from Ezekiel 36:26-27. Our scheduled events and program outline are listed below:
• 7 p.m., Friday, March 21—“An Evening of Songs” with the James Singers of Chicago.
• 5 p.m., Saturday, March 22—“First Lady Appreciation.” Lady Danita Morris of the Antioch Baptist Church is the scheduled guest speaker.
• 10:45 p.m., Sunday, March 23—Mayoral Presentation from Mayor Tom Henry. The scheduled special guests for the service are the congregation of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Toledo, Ohio, and the Rev. Sylvester Rome, pastor.
• 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 23— The scheduled special guests for the evening service are the congregation of Saint John Baptist Church, Gary, and the Rev. Rodney C. Griffin Jr., pastor.
Dr. Michael Aaron Griffin is a native of Chicago. The eldest of three brothers and one sister, he was born Sept. 2, 1962 in the home of his parents Deacon and Mrs. Aaron Griffin. He grew up on the West Side of Chicago and graduated from Michele Clark Middle School and Gordon Technical High School. Young Michael would later meet and unite in holy matrimony with Lawana Faith Patterson, his wife of 28 years.
On March 12, 1987, he accepted the call into the ministry and later preached his first sermon entitled “Lord, Send Me,” on May 1, 1987 and received his Certificate of License on June 14, 1987 from Pastor Jesse D. Jordan. He was ordained at High Mountain Baptist Church, Chicago (his home church) on Jan. 3, 1992 by Pastor Earlie Johnson.
In 1998, he received his bachelor of theology in religious education; an honorary doctorate of divinity; and later in 2000 he received his master of theology in religious education all from Gospel Ministry Outreach Theological Institute (GMOR), Houston. On June 30, 2001, he received his doctorate of divinity from Morris-Booker Memorial College, Dermott, Arkansas.
Dr. Griffin became the third pastor of the Jerusalem Baptist Church om Fort Wayne on Feb. 23, 2009 and would later deliver his acceptance sermon and assume his pastoral responsibilities on April 5, 2009.
On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, Dr. Griffin delivered his Fifth Annual State of the Church Address, “Moving Forward Without Looking Back” in which he stated that he wants every member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church to move out of our own thinking and step into the reality of doing what the Lord had commissioned us to do. Dr. Griffin stressed that he’s praying that through the aid of the Holy Spirit that the new changes and adjustments for the upcoming year will be a blessing to the ministry of the Jerusalem Baptist Church. His prayer and desire is that God would give us Holy Spirit-filled members who are committed to our 2014 Theme: “A New Beginning,” Isaiah 43: 18-19.
Dr. Griffin is once again honored to have his kin-folks, his cousin, Pastor Sylvester Rome and the Tabernacle M.B. Church of Toledo and his nephew, Pastor Rodney C. Griffin Jr. and the Saint John Baptist Church of Gary to come and celebrate this glorious occasion. To God Be The Glory.
The public is invited to attend all the anniversary events and to visit Jerusalem Baptist Church at any time.