Tag: Rock of Ages Baptist Church

Local Employment Program Pays People, 18 To 24, To Prepare For Careers

Thursday, August 30, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 10:15 p.m.

A local job readiness program that launches orientation next week will prepare young adults for job opportunities — and pay them in the process.

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D209’s Parent University to Convene Discussion About College on Sept. 26

Sunday, September 24, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews  

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is set to host this school year’s first edition of Parent University on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., at the Rock of Ages Baptist Church-owned T.H. Wade Foundation Center, 1405 Madison St. in Maywood.

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Maywood Pastor to Sit on Boykin’s Senate Exploratory Committee

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.