JCJC’s Black History Celebration features local pastor, Leander Bridges Sr.

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-01-30 16:41:49

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will be hosting its annual Black History Celebration on Tuesday, February 7, at 10:15 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium. The program’s theme, “Inspiring Greatness Begins with You,” centers on JCJC’s Centennial year celebrations. The public is invited to this free event which will include special musical guests.
The keynote speaker will be Rev. Leander Bridges who has been the pastor at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church in Ellisville, Mississippi, since 1984. The licensed minister was ordained in 1978 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible Studies from Southeastern Baptist College, in Laurel, Mississippi. He has also studied at The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Baptist Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Pastor Bridges’ son, Rev. Leander Bridges II, is the director of the Laurel High School Gospel Choir, which will be performing for this event.
“The reason why we celebrate Black History is to recognize the important contributions of African-Americans,” said Dr. Samuel Jones, JCJC Dean of Students.  “It is always my hope that our students, faculty, staff, administration and our community understand that we need to work together to make life better for future generations. I believe Black History programs are a way for us to rewrite history and remember, reunite and rededicate ourselves to being the best people we can be.”
Pastor Bridges is also the author of the book, “Building the Black Church – 7 Curses facing the BlackChurch.” Details about the book can be found on the website: http://leanderbridges.tatepublishing.net.
Organizations Pastor Bridges serves with includes, the Advisory Committee to the Chairman of the Board of Evangelism as part of the Executive Board of the Office of Evangelism for the National Baptist Convention USA, Incorporated, and is an assistant to the Vice Chairman of Regions. He also serves as Vice President of the Congress for the East Mississippi State Baptist Congress and as Lecture Series Coordinator for the First Enterprise Baptist District Association.
Pastor Bridges has been married to his wife, Esther since 1977. They have three grown children: Rev. Eric Bridges (Danielle), Krista McKenzie (Rev. Abraham) and Rev. Leander Bridges, II (Tamiko). They have ten grandchildren with one (1) on the way. 
For more information contact Dr. Jones at 601-477-4030.


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