Baldwin Branch honors two mothers, graduates

ELIZABETHTOWN — Baldwin Branch Missoinary Baptist Church recently selected its Mothers-of-the-Year, as well as recognized the graduates in its congregation.

Ardenlian “Dean” Jessup and Hilda F. Cromartie were chosen as the church’s Mothers of the Year — Jessup due to her “enthusiasm and effectiveness in all that she does as a member. She is dedicated to the ushers ministry and the United Voices Choir”; and Cromartie because “she is a very committed mother, extremely friendly, outgoing and a friend to all that attend the worship services during her ushering experience. She is known for her magnificent and famous chicken salad.”

Baldwin Branch also recognized the 2018 graduates from pre-kindergarten to primary school, primary to middle school, middle to high school, high school to college, college grads and their N.C. Theological Seminary graduates. Jamari Adams-Peterson, Jabari Adams-Peterson and Braylon Cromartie provided the offertory declaration. Members obtaining degrees prior to 2018 participated as the alumni. Albert Kirby, N.C. Superior Court judge for District 4A, was the guest speaker. His message to all assembled was “The Power of Knowledge.”

Also recognized was Cadet Kieara Porter, a member of da Branch’s Youth Ministry and the Youth-Teen Choir. She has been recognized by Military Officers Association of America for her demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership. She is a rising senior at West Bladen High School.