Pastor Mark Whitlock, an expert in faith-based economic development will be one of the key presenters at the Grant Chapel Finish Strong Revival Dec 18-20 at Grant Chapel Church in Wichita. The revival is the first major program of new Grant Chapel Pastors LeSean and Johnetta Tarkington and may reflect the direction they hope to take the historic AME church.

Pastor Whitlock is the pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Orange County, CA. His strong corporate experience prepared him for his role as founder and executive director of FAME Renaissance, the economic development arm of First AME Church in Los Angeles. As the executive director, he raised over $4 million in grants, loans, and contracted service initiatives that created no less than four thousand jobs within South Los Angeles. Under Rev. Whitlock’s leadership, the FAME Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and Commercial Loan Programs funded over two hundred small businesses, and the FAME Renaissance Home Loan Program created over two hundred new home owners and trained over two thousand home loan candidates.

Whitlock is also a proponent of church invovlement in development of the community, and, co-founded the Richard Allen Men’s Society (RAMS), an organization of over 3,500 men who exemplify positive African-American images. The RAMS helped reclaim the community from gangs and drug dealers and closing 13 rock cocaine houses while leading young men away from drugs and gangs.

Whitlock will speak on Friday evening Dec. 18 at 6:30pm and will lead a Grant Chapel Leadership Retreat on Sat., Dec 19 from 9:30am-noon. 

The revival weekend continues with an even for youth on Dec. 18, from 1-5pm. The kick back event will include food, music and indoor jumpers.

On Sun., Dec. 20, during the Church’s morning worship service that begins at 10:15am, the guest preacher will be Prophetess Francine Riley of Atlanta, GA. The community is invited to meet the Tarkingtons after the Sunday service, from 1-3pm. The Tarkingtons are a dynamic, young leadership team who have transformed churches and communities wherever they have served. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and she is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. 

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