He took us beyond the walls, closing church and sending us all into the community. We learned how to be in one accord and how to be healthy church members. We studied the beatitudes and how to pray, love and serve through discipleship. He brought us the men and women who knew nothing - David Asscherick, Trevor Kinlock, Myron Edmonds, Rebecca Davis and more. He brought us a month of Black History celebration, and an all-women Women's History month - featuring all-women praise and worship teams, an all-women band, and four powerful women preachers! He empowered our teens. Wesley Knight, Wintley Phipps, Abraham Jules, Carlton P. Byrd, Charles Booth, Eric Thomas and Jasmin Sculark shared their ministry with us. A U.S. congresswoman and the current mayor of Hyattsville worshipped with us. He had us adopt Ridgecrest Elementary School across the street from our church - where we are readily identified by our blue pray-love-serve t-shirts.
We were one of the first churches to have a mobile app. We updated our website and churches across the DMV suddenly revamped theirs to look like ours. We conducted polls in church. We can text in our offering. We gave away iPads. We baptized hundreds. He organized the first ordination service for an Allegheny East Conference female preacher - our former senior pastor Brenda Billingy. He preached as a gardener. He preached using a chalkboard and chalk. He had us symbolically nail our sins to a cross as we celebrated the Communion service.
Whether you liked him or hated him, we have to acknowledge that he has impacted Metro in many, many ways. And now his time with us has come to an end. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the bald-headed preacher - Pastor Marquis D. Johns and what he's done at and for Metro. We want to wish him well as he becomes the senior pastor of the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Philadelphia, PA. The festivities take place at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6. He will preach for the 11 o'clock service, backed by an all-star praise and worship team of all our praise and worship leaders. The afternoon program features tributes from various church departments, and more fantastic praise and worship. See you there!