Later that same evening, Bishop Simon spoke to delegates at the Sixty-Eight Annual Session of the First West Florida District Laymen, Ushers and Choirs' Movement held at The Baptist Center, 2400 West Strong Street during The President's Hour. Dea. Clifford L. Harris, Laymen President, and Rev. Lonnie D. Wesley, III, Moderator.
Bishop Simon concluded the first day of his three day/four cities visit (Pensacola, Historic DeFuniak Springs, Crestview, and Panama City) with dinner and campaigning at Five Sisters Blues Cafe on 421 W. Belmont Street. Mr. Cecil Johnson is the chef and owner of this classy establishment. Patrons, members of the Cafe's band, and staff all were introduced to Bishop Simon.
Bishop Simon was well received by the wonderful people of Pensacola. He is looking forward to continuation of the BIG weekend in the Florida Panhandle. Since there were several requests by many Joe Simon fans of “back in the day," to come back to Pensacola soon, Joe Simon Outreach will explore the possibilities of return soon.
Bishop Simon was introduced at each event by Dr. Wayne Faunteroy, General Secretary and Administrator, Executive Board, Mission Consortium of Churches International. He was accompanied by Jerry Henderson, Special Advisor to Bishop Joe Simon, Joe Simon Community Outreach, and Mission Consortium of Churches International. Traveling with the Joe Simon Community Outreach was Ms. Clorissti Mitchell, community activist, Mr. Ellison Bennett, Escambia County Democratic Party committee member, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Former President, Escambia County and Maverick Roberts, former field officer, Obama for America.
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