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Building People Conference begins on Thursday

Posted: March 11, 2014 2:51 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Abundant Life Fellowship Church is hosting the Building People Conference, Thursday through Saturday at the church on the 800 block of Laurens Street in Camden.

According to A.D. Givens, Abundant Life pastor, the conference’s primary focus is public education, health and wellness, and civic engagement. It will culminate with a town hall meeting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Givens said the conference will provide opportunities for partnerships among churches, community agencies and political leaders in working together to establish and maintain a strong community.

The conference is based upon a commitment by the Prayer, Praise & Worship Centers of America Inc. (PPWCA) -- of which Abundant Life is a part -- to "Preserving the Integrity of the Gospel as We Build People."

"Specifically, the PPWCA was established as a catalyst for change in the lives of people and the community," Givens said. "In all that we do, we strive to meet the people we serve in the state in which they find themselves and to lift them to a place of self-sufficiency and purpose."

This year’s Building People Conference includes the following programs:

• Expungement Workshop, Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m. -- presented and facilitated by Jodi Gallman, director of community affairs, S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Also featuring Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews and representatives from the Camden Police Department.

•Women in Leadership Luncheon, Friday, noon -- hosted by Bishop Evelyene Davis and pastors Brendolyn Jenkins-Boseman and Sandra Brooks. The featured speaker is Minister Leslie Watson Malachi, director, African American Religious Affairs, People for the American Way, Washington, D.C.

• Empowerment Fair, Friday, 2:15 p.m. -- participating organizations include The ADG Group, L.I.F.E. Institute, S.C. Youth Challenge, Sandhills Medical Foundation, Agape Senior, Blue Choice (Medicaid), Vessels Vote, NAACP (voter registration), TriCounty Hospice Care and the United Way of Kershaw County’s Hand in Hand Mentoring Program.

• Town Hall Meeting, Saturday, 3 p.m. -- along with Sheriff Matthews and Ms. Malachi, guest panelists include Camden Mayor Tony Scully, Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford, S.C. State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, Kershaw County School Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. and Rev. Charles White of Baltimore, Md. (NAACP).

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