The Rev. William Davenport, pastor of the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Social Circle, extends an invitation to the community to join them Aug. 26 as part of the live audience for the International Praise the Lord service at the Trinity Broadcasting Network studio in Atlanta. Doors open at 4 p.m. and guests are asked to arrive before taping begins at 7 p.m. The service will be viewed by millions of people at home and in eight countries worldwide.
"It is Pastor Davenport's character that shows the love of God by sharing the WTBN event with the public as another opportunity to encounter lives and be in fellowship with others in the presence of lifting up the name of Christ Jesus," said Dede deMarks, public relations/marketing director at Corinth. "Yes, this is a public event and the Corinth church family extends an invitation to every reader to come worship with Corinth at WTBN."
With a focus on soul winning and discipleship, Corinth Missionary Baptist Church is actively spreading the gospel in the community and around the world through books, television, radio and Internet. For the past 15 years, CMBC has sponsored Eric Polk, a missionary in Libera. Village ministers in India have seen more than 8,000 people accept Christ as they travel on 40 bicycles supplied by CMBC. Through a partnership with Pastor Matthew and the World Gospel Mission International Church in Ibadan, Nigeria, CMBC built and dedicated a church and a 21-room school that houses an average of 100 students. Davenport's messages are heard on WGFS 1430 AM, WATB 1420 AM and WGFS 1490 AM.
During his 24 years as pastor of Corinth, Davenport has established 25 programs under his leadership including prison and nursing home ministries.
A graduate of Fort Valley State University, Davenport earned a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering technology. He received a certificate of Biblical Studies from Ambassador Bible College and holds a Master of Arts in religion from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of pastoral counseling from Andersonville Seminary.
Davenport married his high school sweetheart, Constance and they have four children, Nikkita Warfield, Dwann, William Jourard and Arielle Davenport and one grandchild, Morgan. A resident of Lithonia, Davenport is the area manager of Georgia Power Company.
A recipient of the 2008 Unsung Hero award, Davenport was honored by the Walton Tribune as an individual who has made an impact in the community. Davenport is active in "Taking Back our City Crusade" - an effort to remove drugs, drug dealers and other illegal activities from the area. He works with the youth activities committee to help combat teenage pregnancy, drug use and crime. Davenport was instrumental in forming the community Thanksgiving service and the community Easter sunrise service in Social Circle. Most recently, he established a non-profit organization, The Corinth Community Development Corporation provides affordable housing to low-income individuals, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, social services for the economically disadvantaged and programs focusing on citizen and voter education. Davenport also received the Guiding Lights of Social Circle Award sponsored by Better Hometown of Social Circle for his contributions and leadership to the community.
Minister Constance Davenport serves as the director of Christian education at CMBC, where she develops curriculum and provides teacher training. She is the editor of Voices of Faith, advisor to mentors of the Young Ladies of Distinction and is involved in the music ministry. She sings, plays the organ and writes songs - six were published on the album "Diversified Praise" by Voices of Worship and "Beyond our Borders" by the Interdenominational Music Choir. She established the original praise team and Teen Praize and co-established Young People of Praise and Voices of Worship.
First Lady Davenport is a graduate of East Atlanta High School and holds a B.S. in psychology/biology from Georgia State University, a M.A. in adult education from Central Michigan University and has completed Biblical studies at Luther Rice Seminary. She is pursuing a specialist degree in educational administration at Central Michigan and a Doctorate of Ministry in pastoral counseling at Andersonville Theological Seminary. Currently retired, she taught as a middle grades gifted science teacher for the DeKalb County School System. She is seeking credentials to establish a Bible college at CMBC.
Corinth offers Sunday school at 8 a.m. followed by worship services at 10 a.m. A midweek service is held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Call (770) 464-2949 for reserved seating at the WTBN service or visit www.thecityoffaith.org for more information on Corinth Missionary Baptist Church located at 813 South Cherokee Road in Social Circle.