The Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church today introduced their congregation to its new senior pastor, the Reverend Elijah L. McDavid III, who will step into the role on January 1, 2021. The church’s current senior pastor, the Reverend Albert Gallmon Jr., is scheduled to retire at the end of the year, from what is affectionately referred to as “the Ship” by its congregants.
McDavid was formally introduced by Gallmon during a special 10 a.m. live YouTube broadcast, which is the time of the church’s usually pre-recorded worship service. The leadership pushed the pre-recorded service to start later. McDavid received overwhelming approval from the congregation having garnered 85% of the vote.
Gallmon and Fellowship’s Deacon Board chair, Sonia Smith, led the pulpit search committee through a nearly three-year national search process, which amassed more than 60 applicants. The candidate group was whittled down to four finalists who presented bible studies and sermons throughout July and early August. The field was then narrowed to two candidates. Church voting took place over a two-week period, with the results formally announced by Gallmon Saturday evening, September 12. Gallmon says the congregation is thrilled beyond measure.
He praised the search committee’s dedication and professionalism. “As I journey towards my retirement, it warms my heart and soul to see how God walked with the pulpit search committee. The committee demonstrated Godly discernment, wisdom, and professionalism throughout the entire process,” Gallmon said in a formal statement.
McDavid comes to Fellowship from Alexandria, Va.-based Alfred Street Baptist Church, where he was Assistant to the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley. McDavid had oversight of Village, a community ministry; Hidden Halos; and supported the Men’s Ministry, Tuesday night Bible Study, and the funeral service team.
“I am overjoyed to join the family at the Ship! It does not yet appear what God has in store for this new chapter. I cannot wait to meet you all and experience all that God has in store for this chapter as ‘Pastor and People,’” says Pastor-elect McDavid.
McDavid earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) institution, Morehouse College in Atlanta, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary.
He plans to relocate to the Twin Cities in early November. Due to covid-19, a formal installation service will be scheduled at a later date.
Stephanie and David Maggitt took their 8-year-old granddaughter to the Mall of America so often that they bought a ride pass. Now the Golden Valley couple are playing cards and board games and baking with Gabriella at home.
“I’m teaching her how to measure and we work on her fractions,” said Stephanie. “I let her decorate the cupcakes; you can imagine the mile-high icing.”
When the stay-at-home orders were issued, the Maggitts (aka Nene and Papi), kept their distance. But they decided to create a “bubble” by limiting other contact so they could see their daughter and granddaughter. Stephanie is retired; there’s no one else in David’s insurance office and their daughter, a single parent, sheltered in place, working at home and schooling Gabriella.
“We like to give her a break and we missed Gabby so much,” said Stephanie.
The Maggitts have kept in touch with their other two granddaughters, who live in North Carolina, through video calls. But she admits she longs to be close to them.
“We’re all missing out,” she said.
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On June 27, Julius Cummings was stabbed 5 times and subsequently hospitalized with injuries including a collapsed lung and fractured scapula. While hospitalized, his lung collapsed again after it had already been stabilized. His medical providers were concerned that if it didn’t correctly heal on its own, they would have to perform surgery. We are grateful to God that He is in control and on July 4, Julius was released from the hospital. He is now home, recuperating under the watchful eye of his loving family.
Julius’s attacker is no longer in custody and currently remains free as law enforcement continues to investigate. This is a source of frustration for family and friends, as there are eye-witness accounts that have been provided to the police and the perpetrator also confessed. Continue to be in prayer that justice will be served.
In the aftermath, his family faces the reality of unexpected expenses that come along with this unexpected, unwarranted and ungodly attack on Julius. A GoFundMe has been set up to help offset these costs. See the links below to the stories aired on local media and also the GoFundMe campaign.