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Community, religious service earns Knoxville minister elite membership to national group

The Mount Zion Baptist Church Minister is using his faith-based platform to reach his community.
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 8:02 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Many are called, but few are chosen.

Rev. Calvin Taylor Skinner has chosen to answer to an unexpected call. In his own right, he’s continuing the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I’m obsessed about seeing transformation and healing take place in our community,” Skinner said.

The Mount Zion Baptist Church Minister is using his faith-based platform to reach his community.

He’s huddling up with Knoxville city, county and community leaders who are having open conversations with the public in a new web series. Calvin has also offered the church as safe place to heal wounds inflicted by gun violence in the city.

“There’s a cry for help as we have been connecting with the young people,” Skinner said.

Noticing his work is, Atlanta-based historically black college and Dr. King’s alma mater, Morehouse College.

“Words can not express how honored and humbled I am of being a part of this group,” Skinner said.

The school is inducting skinner into Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., College of Ministers and Laity. It’s an honor designed for interfaith leaders mirroring the makings of Dr. King.

“There is no separation from our faith work and our justice work,” said Skinner. “We can be the model city, for this nation and this world who is seeking healing and transformation.”

Skinner joins his wife and father in this honor.

The live stream induction is set for April 8th at 11 a.m.

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