Friendship Baptist Church Summertime Revival begins today

The Friendship Baptist Church Summertime Revival, located at 18 E. Second St., Dunkirk, will take place today, July 18 through Friday at 7 p.m. All are welcome. The Speaker for the Revival has been announced.

Rev. Charles Edward Mock is the Senior Pastor of the Community Baptist Church of Erie, Pennsylvania. He is the former Executive Secretary of the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. Prior to this, he served as the Chairman and Executive Secretary of the Home Mission Board under President William J. Shaw.

In 2005 President Shaw asked the Home Mission Board to assist in the coordination of the Katrina Disaster Relief Fund on behalf of the Office of the President of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. In May of 2006, Rev. Mock attended and participated in the World Council of Churches’ conference on Missions and Evangelism in Athens, Greece. His travels include Wiesbaden, Germany where he attended and taught at the National Baptist Association of Germany Congress of Christian Education. Further, he has traveled to the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, Trinidad, Domenica and Haiti on behalf of Missions.

Rev. Mock served 10 years as Senior Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Erie. Shiloh Baptist Church is one of the leading voices of the community with a strong history in civil rights and social justice movement. Prior to that, he was the Senior Pastor at St. Paul Baptist church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for 10 years and was very active in the community, receiving many awards for community service and social justice leadership.

His social justice involvement includes Director of the African American Leadership Commission for Gamaliel International for two and a half years. He has served two terms as President of C.A.L.L. (Congregational Action to Lift Lives) of Erie, as well as its community Organizer. He has also served as the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. representative at the Interfaith Organizing Initiative Leadership table.

He is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity Degree and recently completed his Doctor in Ministry at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey with a focus on Transformative Justice and Public Policy. Rev. Mock has also served as an adjunct instructor at the American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rev. Mock has also served as President of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention, a three hundred and fifty church membership body with five District Associations, which he served for one term of four years. Prior to this he served as its vice-president at-large and director of Home Missions.

He is presently in his 44th year of marriage to the former Jennifer Groomes. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Brentin (Thena) and Kristin (Cerick) and grandchildren, Justice, Cerick,Jr. Camryn and Callen.