Cook County Commissioner Richard R. Boykin (1st), Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, the Maywood Board of Trustees and Rev. Marvin E. Wiley (pastor of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood) will co-host a property tax appeal workshop on Monday, Aug. 7, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the TH Wade Building, 1405 Madison St. in Maywood.
A Feb. 19 event at Second Baptist Church in Maywood honored the area’s pastors and religious leaders. | Sebastian Hidalgo/Village Free Press
Monday, February 20, 2017 || By Sebastian Hidalgo || @maywoodnews
On Sunday, the Second Baptist Church in Maywood held a special black tie ceremony honoring Proviso Township’s pastors and particularly its own of 56 years — the Rev. Wallace W. Sykes. At 93, Sykes is Maywood’s oldest active pastor.
The night was emceed by Rev. DeAndre Patterson, pastor of Miracle Revival Cathedral, 2010 St. Charles Road, in Maywood.
Patterson said that the Maywood church was where, as a child, he was saved, and where he first encountered his mentor, the church’s longtime pastor and founder, Bishop Willie J. Chambliss, 88.
“It’s a blessing to pastor a church in the place where you grew up,” Patterson said, adding that his hope was that the local history of churches in Maywood and the surrounding suburbs would be perpetuated — if only for a night.
Pastors and spiritual leaders who were honored included (those who are deceased indicated with an asterisk):
Elder James B. Alford* | Rev. Robert Hayden* | Rev. John W. James* | Rev. Harry McNelty* | Rev. T.H. Wade* | Apostle Donald L. Alford | Rev. John L. Belser | Rev. C. Calvin Rice | Rev. Marvin E. Wiley | Bishop Willie J. Chambliss | Bishop Willie B. Dugan* | Rev. Johnnie R. Haynie | Rev. Lucille L. Jackson* | Rev. Esther J. Mitchell | Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Richardson, Sr. | Rev. Caliph Wyatt, Jr.
Worshippers seated early in the Feb. 19 service that honored area pastors. More than 1,000 attended the Sunday event. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Obra Barrow, the longtime choir director and minister of music at Second Baptist Church, directs a Community Mass Choir during the Feb. 19 event. The choir comprised members of numerous churches in the area. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Rev. Wallace W. Sykes, Maywood’s oldest active pastor, during the Sunday ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Rev. DeAndre Patterson, far left, sits with numerous distinguished guests during the Sunday ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Members of a Community Mass Choir during Sunday’s ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
Members of a Community Mass Choir during Sunday’s ceremony. The choir was directed by Gospel music recording artist Tyrone Block, whose group, Love, Salvation & Devotion, also performed. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
A young usher at the doors before the Feb. 19 ceremony began. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP
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Thursday, August 6, 2015 || By Michael Romain
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) has announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider a potential race for the U.S. Senate in 2016. The 30-person committee — which comprises clergymen, practicing attorneys, former and sitting elected officials and a host of businesspeople — will also include Boykin’s pastor, Rev. Marvin E. Wiley of Rock of Ages Baptist Church, 1309 Madison St.
News broke yesterday that Boykin is considering a possible Democratic primary campaign to unseat sitting U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R), who Boykin supported during the latter’s 2010 bid for the senate. Boykin said he’ll conduct a statewide listening tour before making an official announcement in September.
Wiley isn’t the only clergy member who sits on Boykin’s committee. There are at least 8 others, including prominent Chicago pastor Tyrone Crider, who also publishes the Gospel Tribune.
Deno Andrews, the committee’s chairman, said he was interested in the position after hearing about Boykin’s decision to travel statewide on a listening tour.
“I really like his message of taking the next month of doing a listening tour of Illinois instead of forming a platform on his own,” Andrews said. “He really wants to see what the people of Illinois are calling for. I like that approach. It suggests he’s open to what people have to say.”
Andrews said it’s too early in the process to know where exactly Boykin would be stopping on those tours. He said members of the exploratory committee have had preliminary conversations, but will meet on a more formal basis in the coming days.
Although Boykin has stated that he’ll formally announce whether or not he’ll run for the U.S. Senate in September, he’s already established the contours of a full-blown campaign.
Along with announcing the formation of his exploratory committee, Boykin also released what he’s called a “Letter to the People of Illinois,” in addition to a YouTube video message, on his website — www.boykinforillinois.com.
When asked to gauge his confidence about a potential Boykin senate campaign, Andrews said he was more focused on the task at hand.
“I think it’s important not to put the cart before the horse. He’s committed to this listening tour and he cares what the people of Illinois will say. He’s committed to the doing this tour before making a decision.” VFP
Photo: Rev. Wiley, left, with Boykin during a service at Rock of Ages Baptist Church.