Churches welcome young black pastor

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Francis woos members at ‘Sweet Lady Grace’ and Lynnwood UMC

By Kayla Vaughn

The July 1 service at Grace United Methodist Church was filled with laughter, applause and even some tears as 24-year-old Sh’Kur Francis preached his first sermon at the church.
Francis is the first black man to pastor the prominently white congregation at Grace UMC. He is also the pastor at Lynnwood United Methodist Church, and will begin teaching social studies at A.R. Rucker Middle School next month.
He has learned the names of every member of both churches and memorized details about each person that makes them unique.

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