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Remembering The Life And Work Of Mr. Willie R. Bradshaw March 25, 2015
G. Butterfield, D-NC
"Mr. Bradshaw grew up in the Walltown Community and was a dedicated member of First Calvary Baptist Church. He cared deeply about improving the lives of young people and was committed to advocating for children and making sure they had opportunities to reach their full potential. As a champion for equality during the Jim Crow era, he is remembered as a bridge builder who brought people together for common causes."
In Honor Of The Retirement Of Reverend Ronald Winters November 14, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Reverend Ronald Winters and to congratulate him on his retirement following 49 years of pastoral service to the Northern Virginia Community. Rev. Winters is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, where he graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in June 1950. He served honorably in the United States Navy and then attended Bishop College in Marshall, Texas. In 1969, Rev. Winters received the Bachelor of Theology and Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Baltimore College of Bible and Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. Reverend Winters was licensed to the Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church of North Indianapolis, Indiana in 1954 and ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry by Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Rockville, Maryland in 1965. He served as Pastor of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Virginia from 1965 to 1972, Shiloh Baptist Church in McLean, Virginia from 1973 to 1987, and Peace Baptist Church in Dunn Loring, Virginia from 1988 to 1993. In 1994, Reverend Winters organized the Resurrection Baptist Church of Reston, Virginia where he has served as Pastor for the past nineteen years. Rev. Winters has also been involved in numerous religious and community service organizations. He is the former First Vice Moderator of the Northern Virginia Baptist Association; member of the Board of Directors of One Church One Child of Virginia; Life Member and Past President of the Fairfax County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and member of the Board of Directors of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. He is the past President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Northern Virginia and a previous Board member of Food for Others in Northern Virginia. Reverend Winters’ professional experience as a United States Senate Staff member included Special Assistant for Minority Affairs for Senator Vance Hartke (1960-1973); Assistant Chief Clerk for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (1973-1975); Special Assistant to Senator Harrison A. Williams (1975-1982); and Special Assistant to Senator Nicholas F. Brady (1982-1983). In 1970, he offered the convening prayer in the chamber of the United States Senate and in 1968 his “Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” was published in the Congressional Record. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking Rev. Winters for his service to the church, his community, and our country and in congratulating him on his well-deserved retirement."
Honoring Mr. Luke P. Martin, Jr. September 16, 2014
G. Butterfield, D-NC
"A statue of Private Martin, Sr. is currently displayed in the North Carolina Museum of History as an enduring reminder of the approximately 200,000 African Americans who fought during the Civil War. Private Martin’s 1861 Springfield rifle and a Confederate Calvary sword acquired by Private Martin when he courageously fought and was wounded in the 1864 Battle of Olustee can also be found there. After fighting in the war, Private Martin settled in New Bern where he became the third pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church and was regarded as a well-respected civic leader. Private Martin died in 1917, the same year his son, Luke, Jr., was born."
Honoring Our Armed Forces September 11, 2014
James Inhofe, R-OK
"In September 2005, Clint was assigned to 1st Calvary Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany, where he served as the Headquarters Platoon Sergeant and later as the senior scout in 2nd Platoon. From there he deployed to Biaj and later to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in January 2006."
Celebrating The Life Of Reverend Dr. Shellie Sampson July 3, 2014
Charles Rangel, D-NY
"Shellie Sampson was born on December 15, 1940 in the central region of Newark, New Jersey. As the eldest of three children to the late Shellie Sampson and Lillian Brinson, he placed a high value on education and led a life characterized by profound spiritual insight, hard work, tenacity, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. While growing up in Newark, he took advantage of the opportunities before him and used his resources to become a man of distinction who would leave an enduring legacy. Shellie Sampson graduated from Central High School with honors in science, history, music, and distance running. He went on to attend Rutgers University dual majoring in chemistry and natural science before earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in natural science. He worked diligently even while being one of few Black Americans to attend Rutgers. During a time of tumultuousness and racial upheaval, he persevered in spite of discrimination from professors and hostility towards African Americans. Following his bachelor’s degree, assured of the unquestionable spiritual call upon his life, he attended Drew University where he earned a Master’s of Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry of Christian Education. At the same time that he was yielding to the spiritual call, there was an equally great intellectual fervor continuing to grow within him. He was accepted to New York University where he pursued Urban Studies and all coursework leading to a doctorate degree. After the program had been eliminated, he transferred to Temple University where he gained far beyond what he imagined. Choosing to start from the beginning of his doctorate, he was able to study the latest research that would provide him with the tools he needed to produce his own original, cutting-work. Dr. Sampson gained mastery in areas beyond his particular discipline, integrating Urban Studies, Psychology, Black Studies, History, Sociology, and Education. In 2007, at 66 years old he had completed coursework for his third doctorate and earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education and Psychology. Within the University, some of the most highly esteemed scholars commented that they were astounded by the depth of his intellectual contributions to fields that were not his own. His departments began his dissertation as the model for all subsequent doctoral theses and asked him to provide a list of every title in his personal library at home. Based on his inquiries and insights, additional courses were added to the curriculum to further enhance the program. These accolades were in addition to seminars he attended at MIT and Princeton University. Not only was Dr. Sampson a man of keen spiritual insight and intellectual prowess, but he had an unwavering commitment to his high school sweetheart. At age 15, he met Deloranzo Paschal at Central High School, and after looking up her academic records in the school office, he determined that she was the kind of woman that he wanted to date. For their first date, he took her to see the “The Ten Commandments,” and was then certain that they shared a common vision and passion for God. As their love blossomed, he proposed to her and even waited while she pursued her dream of entering military service as Air Force personnel. In 1960, they were married in Bloomfield. They have six sons and three daughters. Dr. Sampson was a devoted father who worked tirelessly to provide his family with the best education, well- rounded extracurricular activities and diverse life experiences: Above all else, he taught them that God and education were the keys to success. Because of his ambitions and standards of excellence, his family now includes leaders in the following fields: educational leadership, pastoral visionary, law, counseling, civil service, music conducting, early childhood, elementary and higher education, public relations, veterinary medicine, public health, medical assistance, chemical engineering, cross cultural studies, computer engineering, fashion marketing, animal science, communications, media and music technology and performance. The success that Dr. Sampson’s family achieved is the result of the hand of God upon his life. It began when he accepted Christ in his heart while playing the organ as a teenager. At the risk of embarrassing his pastor, he was honest with himself and with God, responding to the altar call because he wanted to know God as his Lord and Savior. From that very moment, Dr. Sampson yielded to the Holy Spirit and began to center his life on his newfound spiritual identity from church activities, to vacation, to times of prayer with his family. He tenaciously pursued his purpose until January 20, 2014 when the Lord called him home. He was blessed to have an impeccable academic record but also to have an impressive career as a chemist for Theobald Industries. He also worked as a microbiologist at Best Foods International and a Technological Supervisor in Packaging Engineering—Quality Control for Anheuser Busch. In most of his positions, he was one of few, if not the only African American working in the company. Although he frequently met with racial opposition, when he traded his career as a chemist for Anheuser Busch for the call of preparing people for God’s Kingdom, the company was disappointed to see him go and promised him a job and benefits if he ever wanted to return. There was no question, as for Dr. Sampson and his house, they would serve the Lord. In the 1970s, Dr. Sampson was ordained and installed on the same day as Pastor of New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey. Despite the arduous schedule, he worked, attended school, and pastored with his whole heart. While pastoring at New Calvary, he was invited to apply to serve as the interim headmaster at Covent Avenue Science Academy. He assumed the position and the Lord would continue to open doors for him, connecting him with various leaders who would recognize his gifting and invite him into more extensive church networks. Dr. Sampson served as the president of both the Shiloh Baptist Association Congress of New Jersey, as well as the Northern Baptist School of Religion of Newark. He was a guest instructor for the Eastern Baptist Association College Seminary Extension; a guest lecturer at Drew University School of Theology, and Executive Director of the Baptist Education Center of New York. In addition, he traveled with the NYC Religious Education Academic Foreign Studies Tours, traveling to WCC Geneva, Switzerland, Gregorian University, Rome and Hebrew University, and Israel. After pastoring from 1970 to 1982 at New Calvary Baptist Church, he was called to Thessalonia Baptist Church and installed as the twelfth pastor in May, 1982. Dr. Sampson came with a vision that continues to grow even unto this day. His vision included major projects such as, the erection of the Cultural Community Center, which today is a multimillion- dollar communal faculty. Upon completion, the Center housed the following: South Bronx Leadership High School, the TIR Bookstore, church offices, a banquet hall, amphitheater, chapel, lower gallery with additional office space and over a dozen classrooms. Dr. Sampson was a strategic thinker who anticipated the future. In laying the plans for the building, he placed the elevator and handicap ramp at the intersection of the church and the new construction in order to provide access for seniors and disabled visitors. Dr. Sampson’s strategic leadership led him to establish the Thessalonia Institute of Religion and the Thessalonia Academy, an elementary school designed to ground students in the Gospel and provide a rigorous academic curriculum. To date, the Academy has had over 50 graduates and more than 100 students, many of whom have gone on to attend prestigious boarding schools, colleges, and universities. Other endeavors include several renovations to the church building, food pantry, senior programs, adult education programs, feeding and clothing of the needy, Boy Scouts, youth ministry, annual church retreats, and the enhancement to the name: Thessalonia Worship Center. In addition, writing was the hallmark of Dr. Sampson’s life. Not only could he often be found feverishly inscribing notes in a pocket notebook, but he always carried a pen and was ready to record the things that God was revealing to him. His discipline to write transferred to his roles in ministry. He was Editor-in-Chief for the National Baptist Christian Education Handbook and he wrote materials for church leadership, such as Effective Techniques in Abuse Ministry: Handbook for youth education, Superior Leadership in Challenging Situations as well as training guides for various aspects of the ministry. He authored several books and publications, including Revelation Now: Viewing the Tragedies and Triumphs of Believers, Building Faith Now and Achievement. His publications extended beyond local venues and were disseminated to international audiences. He incorporated his own publishing company, Dorkeo Inc and his texts were distributed through a variety of formats including print, digital, audio, and visual."

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