By Michelle Mann
Bringing adult education classes into the community became reality here Monday as Johns Chapel AME Church partnered with the Enterprise State Community College Adult Education team to host GED classes on-site at the church beginning April 4.
“Wow. That’s my greeting in one word,” said John Chapel AME Church Pastor Willie White Jr. as he surveyed the crowd of church members, and city, county and college officials gathered at the church Monday morning for what White called a historic event. “This kickoff and dedication of a new ministry at our church will help adults in the surrounding area who want to achieve their dream of receiving a high school diploma.”
“It’s amazing how God puts things together,” said ESCC Adult Education Program Director Jonathan Smith. “We have a passion for adult learners and when I met Pastor White, I realized he had that same passion, and I knew we could make this happen.
“Our high school equivalency program will provide opportunities for people to transition to post-secondary education, job training opportunities and life long careers,” said Jones, Johns Chapel AME GED Instructor Jones. “As the instructor for the GED program I am honored and excited to be working with individuals who have made the ultimate decision to take the leap of faith and go forward with earning their GED.”
“The church is here to serve people and that what’s Johns Chapel AME does,” said Coffee County Commissioner Jimmy Jones. “Johns Chapel is hosting this program to improve the quality of life for all people, to help the total person.”