Yo, Youth! T.R.U. Praise Is What We Do

Every Fourth Sunday at 6:30 p.m. is Youth Sunday at Oakland’s Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 1520 8th Avenue.  The church’s youth ministry, T.R.U., (abbreviation for Tested, Refined, Unashamed and Connected with the Lord), is led by Reverend Matthew Hawkins. Praise Dancers (shown above) performed at the T.R.U. services. Hawkins says Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, known as “The Holy Ghost Headquarters”, will share future T.R.U services and praise dances with youth from other church congregations. Bible Fellowship has three praise dancer ministries under the direction of Candiece Knox, Erika Owens and Johnnia Davis; Primary Praise Dance Ministry; Endia Davis, Zariya Edwards, Camaya Knox, Diamond Levi-Smith & Diandra Levi-Smith; Total Praise Dance Ministry; Gianna Aranha, D’Ashanay Levi-Smith & Erika Rodgers; Purpose To Praise Dance Ministry; Jade Belvin, Simone Goldman & Brandi Wells. Also  in the above collage Reverend Matthew Jamin Hawkins and his son Matthew Jeremiah Hawkins.  Photos by Gene Hazzard & Charla Black-Edwards.  Collage by Adam L. Turner.