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Jill and David Dale — Honoring their ‘Bulldog’

By KATIE EUBANKS          Every September, 12-year-old Avery Dale picks out a birthday cake for a team of nurses at Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. The “3C nurses,” as Avery’s...

John and Helaina Damon — ‘God always provides’

By KATIE EUBANKS          You never expect somebody’s salvation story to involve a house fire.       John Damon, CEO of Canopy Children’s Solutions in Jackson, describes how he wound up...

Dara Evans — Truth and beauty in education

By KATIE EUBANKS          “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD,...

Bubba and Lea Holifield — Warriors By Grace

By KATIE EUBANKS   Bubba and Lea Holifield Warriors By Grace        State trooper Bubba Holifield and his wife, Lea, were in the middle of building a house when he got shot in the line of...

Johnny & Stacey Donaldson — From the farm to the board room

By KATIE EUBANKS Johnny & Stacey Donaldson From the farm to the board room There’s a painting at the Jackson headquarters of BankPlus that might take a trip down the hall by the time you read...

First Lady Elee Reeves — Faith, family, and life at the Governor’s Mansion

by KATIE EUBANKS   First Lady Elee Reeves Faith, family, and life at the Governor’s Mansion        Downtown Jackson is a beautiful place to be on a Sunday, “because of all the church...

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,...

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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...