Pastors pray with students at baccalaureate

Pastors Scott Shiver, left, and Gene McLeod prays with students

Pastors Scott Shiver, left, and Gene McLeod prays with students

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 01:04 PM.

Sunday afternoon’s baccalaureate at the Eastpoint Church of God was a hands-on affair for all involved.

From Lenny Ward’s stirring piano solo, to Cameron White’s strumming of his guitar, to the personal prayers of eight pastors who embraced in prayer all who came forward to receive, it was an inspiring afternoon.

“I have someone greater living on the inside of me,” said Pastor Damien Davis, a 2010 Franklin High School graduate who received spirited applause from the Class of 2014 who attended, nearly all 64 of the senior class.

Davis, who was raised in the Love and Worship Center and became licensed in Jan 2010, and now serves as youth pastor, studied at the Southeastern University seminary in Lakeland. He graduated from Gulf Coast State College with an associate’s degree in business administration, and is now completing his senior year at Florida State University.

Displaying polished oratorical skills, Davis began by reminding the class that in closing this chapter of their lives, they’re “closer to being something great.

“Your hard work has paid off, and you are to be celebrated for your accomplishment,” he said. “Your cap and gown signifies academic accomplishment, and your endurance.

“There may have been times in your life you did not feel like going to school,” said Davis. “It’s not about how you start. It’s how you finish.”

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