The Sons of Allen of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, led by President David Whiten, observed Father’s Day with a special service recognizing law enforcement officers and men of the church.
The message was delivered by the Rev. Riley Harbor, pastor of Rock Zion Baptist Church in St. Gabriel and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Burtville. Harbor is also a sergeant with the Baton Rouge Police Department in the Community Services Division.
He expounded on what a good man is according to God’s standards, and what children want from their fathers.
Several Baton Rouge police officers were in attendance. The Rev. Herman O. Kelly Jr., pastor of Bethel, called them to the altar where a special prayer was said on their behalf and all law enforcement officers.
During the altar call, prayer was also given to remember those who were killed at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Special recognition and plaques were given to three members of the congregation for being exemplary examples of Christian manhood and fatherhood. Kenri Avery, who serves as a trustee, was recognized as the “Man of the Year.” Lowell Major Sr. was honored as the “Father of the Year.” He is the single father of Aviana, Lowell Jr. and Avairie.
Freddie Williams, who serves as the Bethel director of music, received the award as “Grandfather of the Year.”