News from the Tennessee Valley Religion


’90 Minutes in Heaven’ author to speak

The author of the New York Times best-seller “90 Minutes in Heaven — A True Story of Death and Life” will speak at Trinity United Methodist Church for a revival, Sunday through Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Piper has appeared on the “Today” show and many other national programs to tell of his near-death experience after a head-on accident with an 18-wheeler. He has been a pastor, youth minister, actor and syndicated columnist. Most recently, he was minister of education and single adults at First Baptist Church, Pasadena, Texas.

Welcome service for new pastor

A service to welcome the Rev. Ricarldo Linsey, new pastor of Garner Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will be Sunday at 3 p.m.

Linsey attended Paine College in Augusta, Ga., and Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Linsey said he has sung in jazz clubs with Dottie Peoples, Ollie Woodson of the Temptations, the Mose Davis Jazz Trio and others. While visiting Los Angeles, he sang background on a song with Stevie Wonder, he said.

In his eighth year of ministry, he previously served churches in Fulton and Louisville, Ky., and in Anniston. Linsey’s wife, Gloria, is a 29-year employee of Norfolk/Southern Railroad. They have one daughter, Richanda, and a son, Christopher, both college students.

Linsey said his brother, Wayne, a keyboard player, has performed and toured with Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and many others. The brothers will team for a revival and concert in November.

Linsey said his family was active in the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham, and he marched in demonstrations with other children. Linsey’s father, Bishop Nathaniel Linsey, was named one of the 100 most influential black men in the U.S.

Judgment House opens in Somerville

Shiloh Baptist Church in Somerville will present its 15th Judgment House, Wednesday through Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.

The church does not require reservations, but they are available for groups larger than 10 by calling 498-0838.

Organizers do not recommend the walk-through drama for children under 12.

- Compiled by Melanie Smith

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