Officially founded in 1823, Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church located at 515 North St., Steubenville, and pastored by the Rev. Ronald R. Eskridge is preparing for its 189th church anniversary celebration to be held April 24-29 at the church.
The theme will be "We Have Come This Far by Faith."
A one-hour ecumenical prayer-based worship service will kick off Quinn's celebration Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with "local pastors praying for reduction in crime rates and drug usage and an improvement in joblessness, economic development, racial healing and harmony in Ohio Valley communities."
Quinn's celebration will continue with three ecumenical worship services on Wednesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; an "Ecumenical Musical Extravaganza" on April 28 directed by Delores Wiggins, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and culminating with an April 29 worship service at 11 a.m. and church anniversary dinner at the Fort Steuben Hotel banquet hall at 120 S. Third St., Steubenville, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Quinn will host Second Baptist Church, the Rev. Calvin McLoyd on Wednesday; the Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director, Urban Mission Ministries, on Thursday; and Mount Zion Baptist Church, the Rev. Norries Hood, on Friday.
An ecumenical musical extravaganza will consist of Morning Star Baptist Church Senior Choir (Evelyn Wood, solo); Word of Life Church Choir (Pastor Gary Hallberg); St. Peter's AME Church Choir; county commissioner Thomas Graham; Mount Zion Baptist Church Male Chorus, Vanessa Palmer and Benny Wiggins, duet; Juliet T. Hamilton, solo; Charlene Dawkins and Choir (Greater Zion Temple); and Quinn's Senior Choir.
The guest preacher for the Sunday worship service is presiding Elder James H. Harris, Cleveland District. The keynote speaker for the church anniversary dinner is presiding Elder Dr. L. Anthony Gatewood, Columbus District, and pastor of St. Paul Smithfield AME Church.
The public is welcome to attend. For information, contact the church at (740) 282-3192.