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Recently Read: Once Tortured for His Faith, Sudanese Man Becomes UMC Licensed Pastor

By Annette Spence ALCOA, Tenn. (June 20, 2016) — Botrous Tutu has been a preacher for many years — since the 1990s when he was tortured in Sudan for refusing to renounce his faith — and for the last four years, in a little church in Alcoa. On June 11, 150 people came from three […]

Sevierville spirit – Husband-wife team leads fast-growing Hispanic congregation

By Annette Spence, Special Contributor… SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.—Three years ago, Susana Lopez was a translator in a furniture factory. Wilmer Lopez made a living out of laying tile and carpet. Today, the couple is co-pastoring what might be the largest Hispanic congregation in East Tennessee, and one of the fastest-growing Hispanic churches in the United Methodist […]