Summer Harvest Preaching Series


Summer Harvest Preaching Series 1

July 5, 2015

Rev. John A. Cradle, Sr.

Rev. John A. Cradle, Sr. was born September 16th, 1958 to Vivian L. Farrar of Durham, NC and the late John Henry Williams; he is the oldest of (5) children. Rev. Cradle currently reside in Durham, NC with his wife of (24) years Lynette D. Cradle. They are blessed within their marriage to have two children, Jasmine (24) and John II (22).  On February 24th of 2014 God extended the blessing of their 1st grandchild, Tru Jhai (pronounced Jay) Ridick.

Rev. Cradle was educated in the Durham Public School system and later joined the United Stated Marine Corps in 1976, where he served as an active duty Marine from July 1976 to January 1980. It was after John’s Honorable Discharge in 1980 that he started his matriculation. Between the time period of 1980 to 2013, he received (3) degrees. The first was an AAS in Occupational Health and Safety (Durham Technical Community College) second a BS in Business with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management (North Carolina Central University), third and most recently a Master’s of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Care (Campbell University Divinity School).  His future plans are to return to complete his Doctorate’s in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Rev. Cradle was baptized in 1962 by the late Rev. Dr. W.T. Bigelow of Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church of Durham, NC.  He was called to ministry at an early age, and like most Preachers ran until he could no longer resist his calling.  He joined the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (26) years ago and (14) years later committed himself to serving in the Kingdom.

Rev. Cradle was ordained Deacon by the late Senior Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Thomas Lanier Hoyt Jr. on July 22nd, 2010 at 138th Session of the Carolina Region Annual Conference and two years later as a Traveling Elder by the same, Senior Bishop at the 140th Session of the Carolina Region Annual Conference in Greensboro, NC.  During his journey, Rev. Cradle has served five years as the Associate Pastor of Faucette Memorial CME Church in Durham, NC (Pastor Julian Couch), and presently as the Associate Pastor of the great Russell Memorial CME Church, Durham, NC (Pastor Dr. Wayne Williams).

Rev. Cradle is employed by Chatham County Department of Social Services as a Social Worker in Adult Services. He is a Case Manager for Special Assistance In-Home clients.  He is responsible in assisting and ensuring that senior citizens can safely remain in their homes. Rev. Cradle considers this to be Geriatric Ministry offering a window of opportunity to be a witness of an ever present God that promises never to leave nor forsake us.


Summer Harvest Preaching Series 2

July 12, 2015

Elder Elzinia Nixon Williams

Elder Elzinia Nixon Williams is a Raleigh native, residing in Garner, N.C.  She is the wife of John Robert Williams, and the mother of three daughters and one son.  She is a member of Solid Rock Ministries International Cell-Based Church in Garner, N.C. under Senior Pastor, Bishop L. Foday Farrar and First Lady, Elder Kay Farrar.

Elder Williams began her Christian education at Wesleyan First Church of Deliverance in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she was called, anointed and appointed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She was licensed to preach at Wesleyan First Church in 1985.  She was ordained an Elder in 2006 by Bishop Farrar at Solid Rock Ministries. 

Elder Williams attended Saint Augustine’s University where she received recognition as a Presidential Scholar and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management.  She attended Duke University where she earned a Master of Divinity Degree. She completed training in counseling from the Gateway Counseling and Training Center in Chapel Hill, N. C.  She completed courses in Christian Education at Shaw University Divinity School and Southeastern Baptist Seminary.  She has completed training and development from the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship in Christian Education, Altar Workers training, and is currently enrolled in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship College of Elders.

After 33 years of service, Elder Williams retired from the North Carolina Department of Justice and was awarded the State’s highest civilian recognition as a member of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. She is currently employed by Saint Augustine’s University as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Elder Williams has devoted her life to the gospel ministry teaching and preaching for Women’s Day services, Women’s Conventions, Conferences, and Retreats across the State of North Carolina and beyond. She has served at Solid Rock Ministries as Elder of Prayer, Associate Minister, Sunday school teacher, life course facilitator, mentor, Bible College instructor, New Ministers Classes instructor, family life group leader, and prison ministry preacher and teacher at Wake Correctional Facility.  She has also served in the Prison Ministry for the General Baptist State Convention.  At Saint Augustine’s University, in addition to her teaching role as Adjunct Professor, Elder Williams has served as Advisor for the Christian Fellowship Ministry, as the Interim Chaplain for the campus.

She is a member of the Saint Augustine’s and Duke Universities Alumni Associations, the Alpha Kappa Mu Honors Society, and the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium for Adjunct Professors.

Elder Williams wishes everyone to know that if you don’t know who she is, you have not lost anything.  But if you do not know who Jesus Christ is, you have lost everything.


Summer Harvest Preaching Series 3

July 19, 2015

Dr. Linwood Carver

Dr. Carver is a 1980 graduate of North Carolina A& T State University with a major in Political Science and Marketing minor. Linwood is also a graduate of Shaw Divinity School in May of 2011, with a Masters of Divinity degree.  He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. He has been employed with the local newspaper since 1979.Currently working in the Advertising Dept.

His prior service includes: Deacon, Chair of Public Relations Ministry. Currently, he leads the Family Focus Circle and he continues to serves on the Public Relations Ministry, Sound Room Team, Layman League, member of The Brotherhood and sweeper if needed. He has also served as a member of the Executive Board of Urban Ministry. He has been a Change Agent for the City of Greensboro

He was licensed to preach the gospel February 15, 2003 at Genesis Baptist Church after many years of running from his call. Reverend Carver was ordained by the Rowan Baptist Association in 2006.

He is the husband of Miguel, the father one daughter, Mallory and has three granddaughters, Gabrielle, Jayde and Mariah.

Reverend Carver believes that we worship a purposeful God. Every creation has purpose; therefore every person is here for purpose. Jesus redeemed us because we can now be free to fulfill our purpose in God’s plan, without condemnation by our adversary.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


Summer Harvest Preaching Series 4

July 26, 2015


Minister Theodosia Massey

Minister Theodosia Massey has served as an associate minister at Shining Star Baptist Church in Middle River, Maryland for 28 years. In his early years ministry, under the leadership of his Pastor,  he helped implement and served as a youth leader in the Boys Christian Service Brigade, and the Youth Christian Boys Basketball League. On the 27th day of May, 1995,  Minister Massey received evidence of God’s call to preach the Gospel and he received his license to preach the Gospel.   He has been successful in  preaching, teaching and utilizing his gifts in the work of the Ministry.  To further his knowledge of God’s word, he attended Arlington Bible College, and began teaching Adult Sunday School, Adult Vacation Bible School and Wednesday night Adult Bible Study classes. 

Minister Massey saw the need to impact the lives of men and began working as a full time Drug Addiction Counselor and Head Chaplin at the Helping up Missions in heart of Baltimore City, which is a 1 year drug addiction program for 200 men in-house facility. During his time as Counselor/Chaplin many men were delivered from their addiction to drugs and were reunited with their families and became ministers, pastors, and pillars of the community.

Minister Theodosia Massey loves to share God's word where ever he goes.  He is a firm believer in Matthew 28:19-20 which exclaims,  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…..  His life verse is Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…..

His ultimate goal is to become pastor of a local congregation where he can grow with and minister to the people of God.