Targets Crime, Violence, Proselytizes Gang Members
The Rev. Cedric Hayes, pastor of Gloryland Baptist Church at 620 E. 15th St. and Pine, said the church is making an effort to change the stigma of crime and violence associated with Eastgate. He said Gloryland is not a traditional church.
“We have to make changes here and we have to make them now. We can’t wait until it gets real bad,” Hayes said. “Enough money has been dumped into this community. Money is not the answer. We need manpower.”
Hayes said the church, which is located near the heart of the project, has only been open since the beginning of the year.
However, he said, “We’ve run into things the average church never sees. We’re getting people out of jail and taking others to jail.” Continue reading