Oakwood University Chief Speaks on “Protecting Houses of Worship”

by Victoria Joiner, Ed.D., assistant professor
At the Bi-Annual Elders and Deacons Retreat in the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, November 2-4, Oakwood University Police Chief Melvin Harris was a featured presenter. The theme of the retreat, held at Camp Victory Lake, was “Empowered to Serve.” Harris was the speaker for the plenary session with the topic: “Protecting Houses of Worship.”
Harris provide much-needed counsel on this timely topic. “With all of the threats and terrible shootings taking place at churches and other houses of worship over the last few years, it is important for church leaders to be prepared with basic safety measures,” Harris stated. “The Bible says, watch AND pray, so now, more than ever, our church leaders should have a plan and be prepared.”
Pictured (l-r) are Pastor Ainsworth Joseph, Ministerial Secretary, Northeastern Conference, Chief Harris, and conference president President Dr. Joseph Honore.

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