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Transforming our capital city: The women of Jackson Leadership Foundation

By Katie Ginn Editor’s note: For this year’s Women’s Issue, we’re highlighting eight women who serve Jesus on staff at Jackson Leadership Foundation (JLF).  JLF partners with Christian ministry...

Debi Green: Surviving cancer, thriving in faith

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...

2024 Christian Leaders of the Future

     For 16 years now, MCL has partnered with Belhaven University to honor outstanding Mississippi high-school seniors who show Christian character and academic excellence. Applications are reviewed...

3 financial pros talk faith, money and stewardship

By Katie Ginn MCL Editor Katie Ginn recently sat down with three financial professionals to talk about money, stewardship, and how their Christian faith impacts their jobs and their own finances....

Dr. Tim and Jenn Chen: Faith, fun, and 5 precious kiddos

By Katie Ginn In 2023, the average American household included 1.94 children under the age of 18, according to Statista.com. These days, anything more than three kids is considered ambitious. But...
MCL_s 2023 Christian Leaders of the Year

MCL’s 2023 Christian Leaders of the Year

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...
Cover Story - Ben and Cammie Derrick's

Cover Story – Ben and Cammie Derrick’s ‘obedience whirlwind’

By Katie Eubanks Ginn From pastoring to counseling — and protecting their marriage. Thirteen years ago, metro Jackson native Ben Derrick had a calling to the ministry, a seminary degree, and years...

Cover Story: Go Tell crusade aims for 1,000 salvations

By Katie Eubanks Ginn (From left) Joel and Meredith Travelstead, Brandon Mayor Butch Lee, Joy Bradford, Ryan Wade, Go Tell leader Rick Gage, Percy Thornton, Carolyn Boteler, Art Jones Rick Gage...

COVER STORY – Osprey helps kids have social lives without social media

By Katie Eubanks Ginn   Let one fact be clear: Catherine and Taylor Sledge are not anti-social media. They’ve been using it since the early 2000s, when Taylor’s screen name on AOL Instant...

COVER STORY – Faith in education: 7 headmasters speak to MCL

By Katie Eubanks Ginn     Seven heads of metro Jackson independent schools recently spoke with MCL Editor Katie Eubanks Ginn about their institutions and how Christian education has...

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Cindy Townsend: On life, ‘lemons’ and the Lord

By KATIE EUBANKS          Cindy Townsend picks up a plastic lemon and turns it over in her hands. At first glance, it’s just a lemon — one of many she’s used to adorn her kitchen table, where we now sit with her husband, as well as other surfaces in their...

Jackson Leadership Foundation Supporting leaders, transforming lives

  Katie Eubanks: What is Jackson Leadership Foundation?      Samuel Bolen: We are a ministry to ministries. Our desire is to work with ministry leaders in Jackson to help (them) grow as leaders, and grow their ministries to the scale of the vision that God has...

Michael and Julie Estes Finding a ministry home at Ridgecrest

By KATIE EUBANKS   Michael and Julie Estes Finding a ministry home at Ridgecrest        In 1998, Michael Estes finally worked up the nerve to ask out Julie Stone.  They’d both grown up in Clinton, and probably met on a Clinton High School...

Shower Power — Jackson organization empowers people experiencing homelessness

By KATIE EUBANKS   Shower Power Jackson organization empowers people experiencing homelessness        Lying in the shade, a young man named DJ spreads his Bible on top of his face and reaches his arms up to the sky. He doesn’t take medication...

Anne Graham Lotz talks cancer, loss, and seeing God’s blessings

By KATIE EUBANKS     Anne Graham Lotz talks cancer, loss, and seeing God’s blessings        In early 2019, Anne Graham Lotz — daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham — was scheduled to speak to the women at First Baptist Jackson. A brutal round...

Sean Milner: He grew up at a children’s home — and now he runs it

By KATIE EUBANKS   Sean Milner He grew up at a children’s home — and now he runs it        Sean Milner remembers the gunshot from when Oma wounded herself in the shoulder.      “(My siblings and I) ran out on the back porch and...

FEATURE — But God Ministries finds a home in the Delta

    JONESTOWN — Linda McGrew thought she had grown up poor — and she had. But then she visited some homes in Quitman County.   “I (was) inspecting the units that we were to rehab (at a nonprofit). You could look through the ceiling and see outdoors. You...

SPECIAL FEATURE — Doing diversity in the local church

By Katie Eubanks   Doing diversity in the local church     Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week, but not if these churches have anything to do with it. In the greater Jackson area, leaders at several churches — from a megachurch...

DYNAMIC DADS—Stories of Fatherhood

Introduction and Questions by Marilyn Tinnin Dynamic Dads   We have looked for a few wise men here in Mississippi Christian Living’s Annual Man Issue. We have loved gathering these stories and getting these guys to put words to the heart issues of priorities,...

MILLENNIAL MOMS—Stories of Motherhood

  Fenley Akers Davis Age 28 Married to Price Davis (5 years) Mother to daughter Paschal (Newborn)   Work Background: Administrative Assistant to Governor Phil Bryant; Account Executive WLBT News Channel 3; Co-Founder + Director of Development Club Sally;...

AUTHOR Q&A — 1 pilgrim, many interruptions

By KATIE EUBANKS          Author and Jackson native Susan Cushman will release her eighth book, “Pilgrim Interrupted” — a memoir in the form of an essay collection encompassing faith, mental health and more — on June 7. She will be at Lemuria Books in Jackson for a signing on June 11....