‘Churches Can Create Jobs For Youths,’ Say Local Pastors Planning Employment Program

  Left to Right: Rev. James Hicks, Rev. Stephen Johns, Bishop Reginald Saffo, Rev. Albert Johnson and Rev. Bill Teague, all members of PTMAN’s cabinet, pose for a photo on March 22. Below: Cabinet members, including Rev. Pirsia Allen (far left) pose outside of Saffo’s Maywood church. | Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2016 || By Michael Romain  It’s a complaint that Bishop Reginald Saffo, pastor of the United … Continue reading ‘Churches Can Create Jobs For Youths,’ Say Local Pastors Planning Employment Program

In Honor of Dr. King, A Defense of Black Men

A Jan. 16 panel discussion in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King at Hope Tabernacle Community Church in Forest Park turned into a lively discussion on the state of black men in America. | Michael Romain  Saturday, January 16, 2016 || By Michael Romain  More than 100 people from across the western suburbs and Chicago gathered at Hope Tabernacle Community Church in Forest Park on … Continue reading In Honor of Dr. King, A Defense of Black Men

At the Corner of 19th Ave. and St. Charles, an Urban Ministry is Changing the Built Environment and Battling Perceptions

Bishop Reginald Saffo directing a prayer gathering he facilitated last Saturday, Sept. 26, in Maywood. Below: Participants in the communal prayer at the corner of 19th Ave. and St. Charles. || Photo: Michael Romain  Tuesday, September 29, 2015 || By Michael Romain  MAYWOOD | Bishop Reginald Saffo is used to the hype about this corner of town, 19th Ave. and St. Charles Rd., where a liquor … Continue reading At the Corner of 19th Ave. and St. Charles, an Urban Ministry is Changing the Built Environment and Battling Perceptions