Recognition will be held at

Payne Avenue on  

Sunday, June 25, 2023

during morning worship (10:30 am)

Join With Us as we Celebrate Our Grads.



congratulations  2023  graduates

A Challenge for Graduates:

Life begins with God, not after Graduation


5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)

During this month we pause to honor all those who are graduating from High School and College.  Some have even received their Masters Degree and beyond.  You should be proud of your accomplishments and achievements; I salute each and every one of you. Now that you are graduating from high school and college, how do you expect your life to change? I can remember reading on many graduation programs the word commencement. The word commencement in Webster’s Dictionary is defined as a beginning or a start. As graduates you are beginning a new phase, a new chapter in the book of your life.  However, it is important for you to understand that Life begins with God, not after graduation. We often succumb to the notion that once we are outside the home, our life begins. Just as soon as we are out of the reach of our parents, then presto, our lives begin. We can’t wait until we graduate.  Desperately yearning for the time when we can make decisions for our self. On our own, Mr./Ms. Independent. You want to make your own money to buy your own things, and do what YOU want to do. That is not true freedom. True freedom is the chance to do what is right. True freedom doesn’t make selfish decisions, but decisions based on what God’s will is! God’s will isn’t always easy. It isn’t always fun. But it is always Right. The world wants to sell you their version of life. There are commercials that infer that if you drink their fluids you obtain the “high life”, or the “good life”. The world wants us to believe that life is about owning material objects. The world has redefined the golden rule to say that the one with all of the gold makes life’s rules, or the one who has the most or best toys at the end wins. The only problem with this lifestyle is that it is false and fleeting, you almost lose the moment you begin because it does not fulfill the inner desires for peace, joy and contentment. We live in a day and time when owning the best can and will only last until tomorrow. Look at how the computers function. What is cutting edge today is a dinosaur tomorrow. Don’t allow the worlds secular viewpoints to influence your spiritual decisions! All the components of “the good life” begin and end with God. We are all thankful for you and seek God’s blessings on all of our graduates and their families as you move forward from this point in your lives. 


5 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. 6 Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. 7 Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! 

Proverbs 3:5-7 (THE MESSAGE)


introducing .  .  .

2023  High  School  Grads

yasmine croom

Austin-East Magnate High School

May 31, 2023 - 9:00 am

bradley dickey

West High School

May 25, 2023 - 6:00 pm

michya greenlee

Austin-East Magnet High School

May 31, 2023 - 9:00 am

samantha higgins

Austin-East Magnate High School

May 31, 2023 - 9:00 am

secora howard

Austin-East Magnate High School

May 31, 2023 - 9:00 am

andrew (a.j.) howell, jr.

West High School

May 25, 2023 - 6:00 pm

2023  College  Grads

rachel  graves

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

May 20, 2023

Major:  Russian Modern Foreign Language & Literature

Farrah  Harris

Stanford University (CA)

Masters in Geo Physics

Friday - Sunday, June 16-18, 2023

Winton phillips

University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis)

Pharmacy Degree

Monday, May 12, 2023

chantel simpson

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences -  Special Education

May 18, 2023