CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
831 Kaighn Avenue
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
Woman Evangelist Describes 'Fishers of Men' at
Fishermen are made, not born, and there are too many small fish- and fishermen- in the world, declared Mrs. Amy Unruhe, evangelist known as Amy of Chinatown," in an address last night at the "Indoor Camp Meeting" of Wiley Mission.
"There are thousands of men fishers," she said in her talk in the old mailing room of the former federal building, at Third and Arch Streets, where the meetings are being held nightly. "Some think if they get a certain kind of hat, gum boots that reach to the hips, and something on their hip, they can catch fish.
"If fishermen were born, and not made, Jesus would not have said to two experienced fishermen, 'I will make thee fishers of men.'
"No two fish are landed the same way. There is but one kind of hook. That is why we find
Rev. John S. Hackett such a good fisher of men. He uses
At the all-day meeting today, starting at 10.30 a.m., Dr. Ko, pastor of the Chinese M. E. Church, Race Street, Philadelphia, will speak.
He will be accompanied to Camden by a group of Chinese children who will sing Oriental and English hymns in their native and adopted languages. A
Two large choirs will participate in tomorrow night's meeting. Richard Quick will direct the Tabernacle Baptist Choir, and a colored choir from
Avenue Baptist Church also will sing. The services will start at 8 p. m., and be broadcast from 9.30 to 10 p. m., by
WCAM direct from the old
All arrangements have been completed for the picnic and
all day rally at Alcyon Park on Saturday. The children of the Sunday School, led by John
Rev. Hackett and "Amy of Chinatown" will be the speakers. Mrs. Wallace Lee, registered nurse, will look after the health of the children. Mrs. Emma.
Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933
ELKS ON PARADE HERE AS CONVENTION OPENS
More than 2000 members of the I.B.P.E., Colored Elks, participated last, night in a colorful parade here as climax to, the opening day of the tenth annual state convention of the order.
The marchers were reviewed from a stand at the courthouse by J. Finley Wilson, of Philadelphia, grand exalted ruler of the order and his staff.
Pride of Camden Lodge, No. 83, which is acting as host to the visiting members, was led by G. A. Gerran, exalted ruler. Thousands along the line of march applauded their fine appearance in blue and white uniforms.
Among lodges represented were Atlantic City, Orange, Plainfield, Quaker City and O. V. Catto of Philadelphia, Chester and Wilmington lodges and Manhattan Lodge of New York.
Music was provided by many bands, fife and drum corps and string organizations.
The convention was opened in the Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, Ninth Street and Kaighn Avenue.
William C. Hueston, former assistant solicitor of the U. S. Post Office Department, and Elks' commissioner of education; addressed the meeting, reporting that the organization spends more than $9000 a year for scholarships for colored students.
The delegates were welcomed to Camden by, Assistant Solicitor Lewis Liberman.
Speakers also included William C. Russell of Atlantic City, second vice president of the state association; Ira Hall, past state president; and W. L. Carter, general chairman of the state association committee.
Elections will be held today and the convention will close tonight with a ball at Convention Hall.
Camden Courier-Post - March 15, 2006
Camden minister follows family tradition
By DANA FORDE
While most boys were playing video games at the age of 13, the Rev. Britt A. Starghill was contemplating committing his life to preaching. During a baseball game with friends on a sunny day in Detroit, Starghill said the voice of God whispered in his ear.
"I was standing on first base and a voice said, 'Go preach,' " Starghill recalled. "I was the son of a preacher so the last thing I wanted to do was be a preacher."
But now the fourth-generation Baptist minister says he can't imagine being anything else.
At a time when church attendance is on the decline, Starghill's infectious enthusiasm and devotion to the growing congregation of Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church has attracted a younger generation of worshippers. Starghill, 38, will celebrate his 10th anniversary with the congregation next month.
The 150-year-old Baptist church, which sits on the corner of 9th Street and Kaighn Avenue, also boasts a strong tradition of keeping longtime church members like Camden resident Madelyn Bumbrey involved.
"I've been a part of this church since 1943 and I've loved it every year I've been here. I never thought of leaving," Bumbrey, 93, said.
Starghill said a rich history and willingness to embrace diversity fuels church members' unwavering dedication. Although the majority of his parishioners are African-American, Starghill said he focuses on the human condition rather than racial differences.
"It's much deeper than white or black," Starghill said. "Diversity is important to me because we must celebrate each others' gifts and traditions. I believe that the ideal of God is that the church be a multicultural potpourri of different people that would find similarities in their beliefs."
Starghill added that in recent years, a growing number of his church members are Hispanic, a reflection of the change in the area.
Between 750 and 850 worshippers from 9 to 90 years old crowd the sanctuary on a given Sunday. Between 70 and 80 percent are non-Camden residents, said Starghill, adding that the church is the oldest African-American Baptist church in the state.
The sanctuary has been like home for many prominent public figures such as outgoing NAACP President Bruce Gordon, a native of Camden. Gordon's father, the late Walter Gordon, who was one of the city's first African-American principals, was also a loyal church member, Starghill said.
When Starghill was asked to preach at the church in 1996 he was finalizing plans to pursue a doctoral degree at Columbia University in New York City. But a desire to empower residents of a city that is often misunderstood led him on a different journey, said Starghill, who added that he enjoys spending time with his wife and two-year-old son.
The congregation's goal of improving the city's infrastructure gave birth to the Kaighn Avenue Beacon Light CDC and the Nehemiah Development Corporation.
Beacon Light focuses on social services such as tutoring and programs for senior citizens and people who are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. In the future, Starghill hopes to work with various community leaders through the newly-formed Nehemiah Development Corp. He hopes the project will become the catalyst to help spur new businesses, housing developments and a community center in South Camden.
Frances Murdock, 82, who has been a member of the church for almost eight decades, said she thinks future development ideas are a sure sign of more positive advances for the city.
"It's a wonderful church and we have the best pastor in the world," she said. "He always has a vision. Without a vision you're hopeless."
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