Pastor delivers the word -- of a big check, "constant support" to FAMU
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s annual Education Day had a special twist this year. In addition to recognizing active and retired educators during the annual program, Bethel emphasized the importance of Florida A&M University (FAMU) to the community and the nation.
“FAMU leads the U.S. in producing the most students with baccalaureate degrees,” said the Rev. John Green, senior pastor at Bethel. “It is critically important to the advancement of young African Americans, not only in the immediate community, but in the U.S.”
Following the 11 a.m. worship service -- which featured FAMU President James H. Ammons as the guest speaker and the FAMU Concert Choir -- Green presented the president with an $11,000 check and a plaque.
“We’re grateful for the generous donation and the prayers from Bethel AME,” Ammons said. “The fact that the congregation and the community came together to show their constant support, and to share the importance of institutions of higher learning is truly wonderful. It means that the community still has faith in FAMU and my administration will strive to keep the faith intact.”
Green, said the service was Bethel’s way of “reaffirming” its dedication to FAMU.
“As FAMU starts a new era, we want the community to know that we fully support Dr. Ammons and his administration,” Green said. “Even with the institution’s recent troubles, we want to continue to make the community aware of the need for FAMU.”
The donation is intended to assist the university with its recruitment efforts.
(The 7:45 a.m. service featured City Commissioner and former FAMU SGA President Andrew Gillum and the FAMU Gospel Choir. FAMU Trustee and SGA President Monique Gillum introduced her brother).