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COVER STORY / June 2022

Celebrating The Life & Work of AME Zion Presiding Elder, Rev. Charles A. Hawkins and Rev. William A. Caldwell, Jr.
By Pastor Roger Mills, AM Publisher / 6-1-2022

Celebrating The Life & Work of AME Zion Presiding Elder, Rev. Charles A. Hawkins

Photo credit: Facebook/charleshawkins

KINGSPORT, TN- Presiding Elder Charles Hawkins answered God's final trumpet call on April 24, 2022, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Elder Hawkins was educated in the West Virginia Public School System and furthered his education at The Washington Business School for Professional Development. He later studied at the Lomax Bible Institute in Arlington, VA, and completed the course in 2003 with a degree in Biblical Studies. Elder Hawkins  continued his studies yearly through the Leadership Training Institute within the Mid Atlantic Episcopal District.

He was gifted with natural musical talent and taught himself to play the keyboard and piano. Elder Hawkins joined Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Jenkinjones, WV, at an early age and later became the Minister of Music.

After graduating in June of 1985, Elder Hawkins moved to Temple Hills, MD, and continued his musical interest by playing the keyboard for several local R&B bands and performing in several Gospel stage plays. He found employment with Swankin and Turner Law Firm in Washington, DC, until he became a full-time pastor. Elder Hawkins preached his initial sermon on the 3rd Sunday of September 1988 at Foggie A.M.E. Zion Church in Marlow Heights, MD.

On November 27, 1993, he married his soulmate, Mrs. Lydia Ford Hawkins.

Elder Hawkins worked and served in many capacities of the church, starting in the junior choir, junior usher board, choir director, local preacher, Pastor, and Presiding Elder. At his passing, he was the Presiding Elder of the Bristol District within the East Tennessee and Virginia Conference and Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District and president of the Greater Kingsport Ministerial Alliance.

Elder Hawkins' Ministerial History is as follows: Served as Pastor at the following churches; Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church - Kingsport, TN (current), Hood Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church - Bristol, VA, Jones Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church - Greenville, TN. As Presiding Elder of the Bristol District, he oversaw the following churches: Bethel A.M.E. Zion, Browns Chapel A.M.E. Zion, Harris Anderson A.M.E. Zion, Hood Memorial A.M.E. Zion, Jones Memorial A.M.E Zion, Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion, and Zion Hill A.M.E. Zion Church.

Elder Hawkins preached in many states and churches within various denominations during his ministry, understanding that there is only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. He conducted several services, workshops, and revivals where lives were changed and souls were blessed. He was a loving and dedicated son, brother, husband, father, musician, preacher, pastor, mentor, and friend. Many, including other pastors and members outside of his congregation, would say that Elder Hawkins was THEIR Pastor! He had an incredible love for people and ministry with a humble servant's heart and a considerate, approachable, and compassionate demeanor.

Funeral sevices was held on April 30, 2022 at Bethel AME Zion Church. Rev. Hawkins was laid to rest in Eastern Heights Cemetery, Bristol , TN.

The Hawkins family was served by R A Clark Funeral Service, Inc., Bristol & Kingsport, TN.

Photo courtesy of Jarnigan & Son Mortuary

CLINTON, TN- Rev. William Andrew Caldwell, Jr., Pastor of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Clinton, TN  passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the University of Tennessee Medical Hospital.

He became a member of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, during the pastorate of the late O.W. Willis, Sr. While a layman, he sang with The Knoxville Male Chorus Union; was a member of the Finance Committee and a member of the Deacon ministry. He was called into the Christian ministry, licensed and ordained at Mt. Sinai. Following the death of Rev. O.W. Willis, Sr., he became Pastor of Mt. Sinai, in 1997. To better equip himself for ministry, he enrolled at the Harrison-Chilhowee School for ministers. He later became a participant in the joint program to train hospital chaplains between the University of Tennessee Medical Hospital and the Knoxville Interdenominational Bible Institute. “Rev.” was active in the Knoxville District Baptist Association, serving as a Vice- Moderator and an active member of the Laymen’s Department; the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc; and the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. He was a member of the Gadson Chapel Lodge #33, PHF&AM, Claxton. Believing that “every pastor needs a pastor” he united with the Canaan Baptist Church and continued to look upon Dr. Harold Middlebrook as his pastor.

A celebration of life was held on May 14, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Clinton, TN, Rev. Caldwell was laid to rest in Mt. Sania Baptist Church cemetery.

The Caldwell family was served by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary, Knoxville, TN.


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