Pastors from DeKalb County churches came together to pray for community, state and national leaders on Jan. 12 at Greater Travelers Rest Church (House of Hope) in Decatur.
Stonecrest Councilman Rob Turner and his wife, DeKalb School Board member Vickie B. Turner, invited the pastors to the prayer breakfast , the first meeting of the year for the DeKalb Cultural Exchange, which the couple founded last year.
The prayers were led by Bishop William Murphy, III, of the Dream Center Church; Dr. Sherry Gaither of Stronghold Christian Church; the Rev. Demetrius McCoy, pastor of The Life Center; the Rev. Norman Thomas, Jr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church Gresham Road; and the Rev. Eleshia Cash, executive pastor Global Leadership Christian Center.
A number of elected and appointed officials, as well as community leaders, attended. Among them were Eric Hubbard, who was representing Congressman Hank Johnson, State Rep. Doreen Carter, newly-elected State Rep. Viola Davis, former DeKalb CEO Lee May; DeKalb Commissioners Jeff Rader, presiding officer and Commissioner Larry Johnson, Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson, Stonecrest Council members George Turner and Diane Adoma, Stonecrest Parks and Recreation Director Sean DePalma, State Court Judge Brian K. Ross and DeKalb NAACP President Teresa Hardy.