The Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship held its weekly meeting January 29 at Jefferson Street Baptist Church. It was also the date for the organization’s election of officers.
“It is the history of the organization that the elected president serve two years, and at the end of the two years, the vice president takes over to lead the organization,” said Rev. James Turner. “This year is my last year, and I hope I have served the organization with integrity. I have also implemented innovations to move the organization forward, as I pass the leadership of this great organization to Pastor Dr. Chris Jackson, of Pleasant Green Baptist Church.”
At the previous meeting, the IMF board presented the name of Rev. Lee of Saint John AME Church, Springfield, Tenn., to be vice president. Lee presently serves as the elected treasurer of the organization.
Rev. David Tucker of Beech Creek Baptist Church was nominated as vice president by Rev. Keith Caldwell. Therefore, an election for vice president was held. Members received ballots with the names of Lee, and Tucker for the position of vice president. Both candidates were allowed to speak for two minutes prior to members casting votes.
“I have attended the IMF meetings for over 20 years, and I have worked in my community as a servant of the people,” said Rev. Tucker. “I am standing on the shoulders of great leaders such as Rev. James Thomas.”
“If elected, I will continue to do what I’ve been doing, and that is working to make this city a fair city for our people.”
Rev. Lee spoke briefly to the members.
“I have enjoyed being an elected officer of this great organization,” said Lee. “I am also thankful to Pastor Harold Love, who encouraged me to get involved, many years ago. It is important that we listen to the Lord, and that we remain in solidarity as pastors and leaders. It is not always important who the leader is, but who follows—that we gain our strength.
“I am conceding to Pastor David Tucker, so that he can continue the great work he is already doing in the city.”
Rev. Chris Jackson took his place as the newly elected president of the IMF.
“I am walking in giant shoes,” said Rev. Jackson. “Pastor James Turner, definitely took the organization to a new level, and we can only move forward with the foundation that he left.
“We can only grow, as we explore all the talents in our organization, and use these skills, to continue to fight for justice for our people. I am excited to see what the Lord will do, as we work in solidarity and move the needle of justice in our city.”
The president asked Rev. Lee to stay on as treasurer, and Rev. Lee agreed.
Rev. David Tucker gave thanks to Rev. Lee for his leadership. He vowed to continue to work for the community and to support the leadership of President Dr. Chris Jackson.
The meeting was adjourned with a prayer.