Bishop to speak at ‘Man Cave’

Published 10:34 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A well-known bishop will be the featured speaker at a men-only event at a Suffolk church next week.

Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr., founder of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, will speak at the April 20 “Meeting in the Man Cave” at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

The Rev. Sylvia Copeland-Murphy, assistant pastor at the church, said the event is a “spin-off” of the efforts of church member Joan Turner. Turner planned a community forum, held last month, to warn young people of the dangers of gangs and violence in the wake of her son, Quantez Russell, going missing in November 2015. Russell was involved with gangs, Turner has said.


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Copeland-Murphy said this event will focus on accountability, identity and struggles of men of color, with a basis in faith.


“We want to keep it biblical, because we are faith-based,” she said.

Copeland-Murphy said too many men are missing from their homes for a number of reasons.

“(Morton) consented to doing the Man Cave event, because he knows of the crisis that’s going on,” she said. “We are losing our young men.”

Turner said she believes the event will be helpful to young men struggling like her son was.

“If Quantez was here, I would definitely have him attend,” she said.

The Man Cave event is open to males ages 12 and up. It will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and will feature six panelists. They will speak about accountability, identity and struggles, Copeland-Murphy said.

The panelists include Morton; Overseer William Davis, pastor of Mt. Pleasant Full Gospel Baptist Church in Norfolk; Dr. Telly Whitfield, assistant to the Newport News city manager; Minister Vincent Tucker, professor at St. Leo University and Tidewater Community College and advisor to the Student African American Brotherhood and Champion for Change; Domenick Epps, of Enlightened Minds Mentoring and Teens After God; and Dr. Antipas Harris, president of GIELD Inc.

A 7 p.m. worship service will follow the panel.

Dr. Anthony Copeland is the host pastor.

Registration for the Man Cave event is $20. To register, visit Twenty scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the registration fee.

Registration is also open at the door. The evening worship service will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to all.