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By Katie Ginn Chris Kellum was a husband and father who worked in medical sales, served faithfully at his church in northeast Jackson, and did sports ministry on the side. Check, check, check.  Then...

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By Katie Ginn In Debi Green’s living room in Brandon, a canvas illustration hangs on the wall. In the foreground of the picture, a lamb stands alone on a muddy trail in the woods. The lamb is...

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By Katie Eubanks Ginn For the fifth year in a row, MCL has asked for nominations for Christian Leaders of the Year, servant leaders in Mississippi who embody the character of Christ. Nominations...
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