he Rev. Dr. Patrick W. Wise and First Lady Mablean Evans Wise are celebrating their sweet 16th anniversary at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
The observance will begin Saturday at 6 p.m. with a Church and Community Gospel Explosion featuring several choirs, including Francis Marion University Gospel Choir. The celebration will continue on Sunday during the 10 a.m. regular morning service on April 26, featuring guest speaker Rev. T. A. Belton, who is the pastor of Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church in Winnsboro. The theme is "Honoring Our Pastor and First Lady with Overwhelming Love."
Rev. Wise responded to God’s call to the ministry early in life while attending Benedict College and received a B. A. degree. He furthered his education at Cambridge College receiving a M. Ed. degree and at Southwest University receiving a Ph. D. degree. He served a tour of duty in the United States Army, is a retired educator from Richland County School District Two, and is a life member of the NAACP. He has published numerous manuals, journal articles and brochures to assist Christian education. Rev. Wise was born in Springfield and is the fourth child out of 10 born to the late Ervin and Lila Mae Wise.
First Lady Wise is a native of Wagener. She is the daughter of the late Deacon Jethro and Elizabeth Davis Evans. First Lady Wise also attended Benedict College and received a B. S. degree. She furthered her education at Cambridge College and received a M. Ed. degree. She is presently employed with Richland County School District Two. Her career experience has been in academic, personal and career counseling and she is a motivational speaker in the social and public arena.
Rev. and Mrs. Wise are blessed with three children: Patrice, Derrick and Jefferi; three grandchildren: Ty, T. J. and Layla; and son-in-law, Harry Montgomery. The Wise Family is founder of the Wise Education Foundation, LLC which awards scholarships to deserving students pursuing their education.
Their motto is "To whom much is given much will be required" (Luke 12:48).
The guest speaker, Rev. Belton, is a native of Ridgeway where he was converted, baptized, licensed and ordained at Macedonia Baptist Church. He attended Voorhees College in Denmark and also studied at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, N.C. His goal is to ensure that God’s people are taught the Word of God, so they may be knowledgeable and become "doers" of the Word.
Mt. Moriah welcomes Rev. Belton and his choir, as well as the public, to help celebrate the sweet 16th anniversary of Pastor Wise and First Lady Wise. The church is at the corner of York and Broad Streets in Camden.