by Norm Miller

CLEVELAND, Ga. (TMCNews)—Truett-McConnell College hosted White County’s 14th-annual Clergy Appreciation Prayer Breakfast, Oct. 3, with almost 100 attending.

Truett-McConnell’s sports marketing professor, Dr. Stacy Hall — who is White County Chamber of Commerce Chair-elect — offered opening remarks and introduced the keynoter, Evangellusionist Jim Chester.

Chester is a member of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists who uses slight-of-hand illusions as a tool to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

An award-winning illusionist and comedian, Chester used a disappearing and reappearing handkerchief, a rope, and a set of thumb cuffs as illustrative of several key points regarding Christian doctrines related to salvation in Jesus Christ.

White County Chamber of Commerce President Melissa Leitzsey told TMCNews: “The Clergy Appreciation Breakfast is vital in recognizing our clergy who give so much to us on a daily basis.

“The Chamber wants to recognize these wonderful members of our community as they give so much of their time and efforts to make White County a better place to live, work, and play,” she said. “A great community is built on strong beliefs and morals; our clergy instill these into our community members to make them better citizens and the county a stronger community.”

Hall told TMCNews: “As a member of the White County business community, Truett-McConnell College was honored to host such a wonderful event. Our county is comprised of a diverse group of people from several Christian denominations. The prayer breakfast allows community leaders from those denominations to gather and celebrate our common thread, the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.”


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