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Fortier celebrates 23 years as minister

Local Radio Minister Franklin Fortier, known by his listeners as “The Bishop of the Black Belt” will celebrate his 23rd year in the ministry this Sunday.

The celebration of Fortier’s 23 years in the ministry will consist of renowned speakers and singers including Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, who will deliver the keynote address, and Rev. Luther Barnes, an acclaimed international gospel singer.

“He’s going to be singing that song ‘It’s  your time’,” said Fortier. “Last time he was here he dedicated it to me. I told him [it was my 23rd Anniversary] and he said he’d be back.”

In addition to the speaker and music, Fortier will distribute 13 community achievement awards.

“They’re for people that have really done things to enhance and develop people in the community,” said Fortier.

Attendees will also have the chance to win a car.

For $5, attendees of Sunday’s celebration can purchase a chance to win a Honda Accord while helping local educational institutions.

Proceeds collected from the car drive will be used to send 30 School of Discovery and R.B. Hudson students on a trip to New York City and to keep Selma University open.

The celebration of Fortier’s 23 years in ministry will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday at International Mission Jesus at the former campus of Concordia College.

“It’s going to be a great event,” said Fortier. “I’m really looking forward to it.”