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Rev. Curtis Raines & New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church to be Honored as Pastor/Church of the Year by The Informer

by Amanda Smith

The Reverend Curtis Raines, Sr. and New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church have been selected to receive the Pastor/Church of the Year Award by The Informer and will be honored at The Informer's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony. The event will be held on January 18, 2014 at 12 noon at New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, located at 4388 Robinson Road in Macon, Georgia.

Rev. Raines is the senior pastor of New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Macon and Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bolingbroke and in 2013, was elected as President of the General Missionary Baptist Convention. He is the first president of the GMBC from Macon and in this position, spearheads the five ministries of vision for the organization: Foreign Mission; Home Mission; The Land of Promise; Evangelism; and Social Action.

"I'm humbled to be selected as Pastor/Church of the Year by The Informer," said Reverend Raines. "All of my work in the ministry has been as a servant for God and to be available to any in need. To be chosen this year is another high honor in my life of ministry," he continued. "I thank God, my wife, my family and my church for their 100% support."

New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church has been assisting with those seeking to get a GED since the mid-1990s and the Curtis Raines, Sr. Learning Center, located on the church property, partnered with Central Georgia Technical College in 2013 to continue these efforts. The church also offers a tutorial program as needed and CRCT preparedness for upcoming exams. Several counselors from the Bibb County school system offer sessions for at-risk families and youth and the church also maintains food and clothing banks that serve anyone in need.

The men of New Pilgrim often go to the public schools and meet with teachers and students to resolve behavioral issues that youth may be exhibiting and the church body includes eight ministers and a missionary. The New Pilgrim sanctuary is open daily from 12pm-1pm for those seeking solitude and/or private prayer.

"Everything that we offer is open to the public," said Rev. Raines. "The church is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm and the basketball courts are also open daily, free of charge."

The Informer is honored to recognize Rev. Curtis Raines, Sr. and New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church as Pastor/Church of the Year for 2013.


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Gwenette Westbrooks
Rev. Curtis Raines, Sr.