Example of Men's Ministry in Action
Area United Methodist Men played key roles in recognizing the oratorical skills of young men from the Florence area.
The oratorical contest allows young men, who are all high school seniors this year, to compete in the competition. The topic was “Second Amendment Rights Versus Gun Control.” The young men researched the topic and composed speeches of four to five minutes, which they delivered in front of an audience. The speeches were judged on criteria ranging from quality of content to eye contact.
This year’s winner was Zacuan McNeil, a student at Wilson High School in Florence.
Chapter Treasurer, Beautillion organizer and longtime member of the fraternity Dr. Joseph Heyward and Lonnie Davis, member of the fraternity, are members of Cumberland United Methodist Church, Florence. Dr. Gregory Mingo, member of the fraternity and committee chairman for the oratorical contest, is a member of St. James UMC, Darlington. The lead judge of the contest, the Rev. Will Malambri, is the senior pastor of Central UMC, Florence. This year’s master of ceremonies, the Rev. J. Derrick Cattenhead, also a member of the fraternity, is the associate pastor of Central.
The chapter president is Craig Washington.
Photo: From right are Mingo, Cattenhead and Washington with contest participants. At far left is contest winner Zacuan McNeil
Main Street UMC, Dillon, is praising its United Methodist Men for their continuing work in Dillon County. In 2017, they built 15 ramps, distributed $6,000 worth of food at Christmas and donated more than $62,000 back to the community (ramps and food). In 2018, they have so far received a grant for $20,000, completed five ramps (for a total of 68) and two sets of handrails to date, and raised $27,000 for the American Red Cross at the April 13 golf tournament. Here,
1: Ronnie “Catfish” Carter (project manager) with the Rev. Henry Altman behind him.
2: Cooks Tommy Berry and B.P. Gordon