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Clay and Amanda Mansell — Spinning plates and fostering faith

By KATIE EUBANKS   Clay & Amanda Mansell Spinning plates and fostering faith      Clay Mansell has never performed in a circus, but he’s used to juggling.       From the late ’90s to the...

2021 Christian Leaders of the Future

         In summer 2008,  Belhaven University President Roger Parrott approached MCL with an idea for a Christian scholarship program. Since then, Belhaven has partnered with us each year...

Donavon & Alice Thigpen — On marriage, therapy and more

By KATIE EUBANKS   Donavon & Alice Thigpen On marriage, therapy and more        Donavon and Alice Thigpen have married each other twice.       At their first wedding, a...

Josh and Katie Braddy — Back home at Broadmoor

By KATIE EUBANKS   Josh and Katie Braddy Kids, COVID, and coming home to Broadmoor   Fun fact: The name Picayune, as in the Mississippi town of 11,000 just east of the toe of Louisiana,...

MCL’s Christian Leaders of the Year 2020

By KATIE EUBANKS   Earlier this year, MCL called for nominations for our 2020 Christian Leaders of the Year. Our four winners share a few commonalities, like working in and around education,...

Demario and Tamela Davis — On a mission from Mississippi to the NFL

by KATIE EUBANKS   Demario and Tamela Davis The New Orleans Saints linebacker and his ‘pillar’ are on a mission, from Mississippi to the NFL          Earlier this year, Demario and...

Elbert and Karen McGowen — Loving each other and all God’s people

By KATIE EUBANKS Elbert and Karen McGowen Loving each other and all God’s people      Elbert and Karen McGowan flirt like teenagers during our cover shoot. He can’t keep his eyes off her, and very...

Betsy Primos and other mothers find hope after losing sons to suicide

  Betsy Primos and other mothers find hope after losing sons to suicide   EDITOR’S NOTE: This article could trigger traumatic emotions and memories, whether you have struggled with...

Kelly Headley — How life prepared her to serve at Prep

By KATIE EUBANKS     Kelly Headley How life prepared her to serve at Prep        “I would not be sitting in this chair, had I not been born into the family I was born into,” says...

Jackson Police Chief James E. Davis — Learning to hear from God

By KATIE EUBANKS     Jackson Police Chief James E. Davis Learning to hear from God        When you walk into Jackson Police Chief James E. Davis’ office, you’re...

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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;...

2018 Christian Leaders of the Future Event

  2018 Christian Leaders of the Future Event     Mississippi Christian Living, in partnership with Belhaven University, honored our tenth class of Christian Leaders of the Future at an afternoon event on Belhaven’s campus March 5. Two...

AUTHOR PROFILE—Angie Camp—Real-Life Fiction

Author Profile Angie Camp—Real-Life Fiction   MCL: The description on the cover reads, “A Christian fiction inspired by true life events.” Can you tell us briefly what those events were? Angie Camp: The true life events brought into the story of Hells Bend are testimonies of several different...

AUTHOR PROFILE—Terri Blackstock

By Susan E. Richardson   Author Profile—Terri Blackstock   In Sunday School I used to see the friend who had invited me to come with her, the one who made me welcome every Sunday, and assured me a “go to” place to sit. She had a kind word for everyone and made other visitors feel as...

Good Reads from MS Christian Fiction Authors

By Janet W. Ferguson   Good Reads from Mississippi Christian Fiction Authors   I grew up in Mississippi, graduated from Ole Miss, and make my home in the Reservoir area near Jackson. An avid reader, I worked as a librarian at Northwest Rankin High School. My husband and I have two grown...