Church welcomes new pastor
Christ The Head Missionary Church is welcoming a new pastor, Samuel Oleka, and his wife Amaka.
Oleka has served as interim pastor since December. He is transitioning and sharing preaching responsibilities while senior pastor Ben Carter is in the process of relocating to LaFayette, La.
Oleka serves as dean of The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kentucky State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in systematic theology and African thought with a minor in radio journalism at Igbaja Theological Seminary in Nigeria. His second bachelor's degree is in philosophy and religious studies at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. He received his first Master of Arts degree in Christian theology with a minor in education and culture at Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Ill. At Michigan State University, he studied for his second Master of Arts degree on curriculum and instruction theory with a minor in non-formal education. His doctor of philosophy degree, also from Michigan State University, is on curriculum and instruction in higher education with a cognate in cross-cultural communications. Post graduate studies include program assessment and the evaluation management development program at Harvard University. An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, he is an itinerant preacher and a public speaker. He is an adviser to the Christian Heritage Mission Board in Chicago.
Oleka is a native of Nigeria and is married to Amaka R. Oleka, who has been a registered nurse and a clinical nutritionist for 24 years. They have three children.
Messages to Ben Carter or Samuel Oleka may be sent to Christ The Head Missionary Church, P.O. Box 844, Danville, KY 40423. A "Send Off" reception will be held for Carter and family. For more information, call (859) 936-7300 or email email@example.com.
Brotherhood organization formed
The men of First Baptist Church, Second and Walnut streets, have formed a brotherhood organization based on Christian principles. The goal is to work within the community to promote a culture of traditional values, spiritual, education, courtesy, demeanor and educational achievement, with parental leadership and guidance. To this end, the group will work with the board of education and other interested parties. The brotherhood views this overall effort as a long-term venture in following our youth from elementary through high school. They will align with basic and progressive efforts that prove or have proven to be beneficial, such as the Young Achievers, reading programs, mentoring and tutoring. They will visit schools (at their invitation) to determine if they have the proper resources to become involved. The group urges parents, teachers and administrators who want to work in a proactive way with the brotherhood to call (859) 236-4615.
Retrouvaille: A Christian alternative to misery in marriage, separation, divorce
LOUISVILLE - Couples experiencing pain and misery in their relationship - even those already separated and divorced - can find help and hope through a Christian peer ministry called Retrouvaille. Couples from Kentucky, southern Indiana and northern Tennessee are welcome to attend. The next Louisville area Retrouvaille program will begin the weekend of Feb. 1-3. The program concludes after a series of six sessions 1-5 p.m. every other Sunday beginning Feb. 10. For more information or to register, call (502) 479-3329 or (800) 470-2230. Additional information can be found online at www.HelpOurMarriage.com. If a couple's relationship takes a back seat to other interests, if there always has to be a winner and a loser to every argument, if one partner disregards or discounts what the other says or how that person feels, or if every argument turns into a shouting match, then Retrouvaille can help. Couples can rediscover many strengths in their marriages and those endearing qualities that first brought them together as they learn skills that promote positive communication, growth, forgiveness and healing in their relationship.