The Carrollton Ministerial Alliance each year sponsors Holy Week lunches and services, provided by ministers from different churches.
This year’s Holy Week events will be held at the Carrollton Presbyterian Church Fellowship Center on Maple Street in Carrollton.
Lunch will be provided free of charge, but offerings are accepted. Funds raised go to the McCollum Fund, a ministry which provides food and overnight housing for out-of-town transients who may find themselves stranded here.
“The idea for these services is that people from the community can come at noon, enjoy a meal and worship, ending at 12:50 p.m., so they can return to their jobs or home by 1 p.m.,” said the Rev. Jan Tolbert, pastor of Carrollton Presbyterian Church. “A nursery will be provided.”
The following is a service schedule and information about the pastors delivering the sermons:
• Monday services will be provided by Rev. Michelle Kuhlman, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church.
Kuhlman was born in Vicenza, Italy and was raised in many places in the U.S. as a daughter of a military family. She received her bachelor’s degree from Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C., in 1999, and her master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., in 2005. She joined Grace Lutheran Church as pastor in the fall of 2005.
• Tuesday services will be provided by the Rev. Gerry Davis, pastor of Carrollton First United Methodist Church.
Davis is a graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where he received his master of divinity degree, and Georgia State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He was ordained in 1981 and served several United Methodist churches in North Georgia. He came to Carrollton in June 2010 after serving in Buford.
• Wednesday services will be provided by the Rev. Bradley Bell, pastor of First Baptist Church of Carrollton.
Bell is a native of Roanoke, Ala., and grew up in Atlanta. He attended Tuskegee Institute, DeKalb Community College and Carver Bible College. He received his bachelor of theology degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary, where he is currently studying for his master’s degree. He was ordained in 1978 and has been preaching for more than 30 years, the last 20 at First Baptist Church of Carrollton. He has served in several community programs including the Carroll County Soup Kitchen, Tanner Medical Center volunteer chaplains, Carroll County Mentoring Program, prison ministry and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force.
• Maundy Thursday services will be provided by the Rev. Rafael Carballo, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Carballo has been pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Carrollton since July 2009. He was ordained into the deaconate in February 2002, and into the priesthood in May 2006. He was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, in March 1962. He studied at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., where he obtained an animal science degree in poultry production, a career that he enjoyed for 17 years, while working for ConAgra Poultry Co. in Puerto Rico and Dalton, Ga. He also attended Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa., where he did his theological studies.
• Good Friday services will be provided by the Rev. Jan Tolbert, pastor of Carrollton Presbyterian Church.
Tolbert is a native of Randolph County, Ala., and grew up in Woodland. After graduating from University of West Georgia, she taught science in the Fayette County Public School System for 11 years before entering the seminary. She earned her master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in 1998 and is currently enrolled in Columbia’s doctorate program. She was formerly a pastor at Greenville, Ga., Presbyterian Church and chaplain at Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute in Warm Springs, Ga. She joined Carrollton Presbyterian Church in 2004.
The Carrollton Ministerial Alliance is an organization of about a dozen ministers from various churches in Carroll County. The group meets once a month at Tanner Medical Center, Carrollton, hosted by the Rev. Alex Brookhuis, who is hospital chaplain and a member of the ministerial group.
The Rev. Lanny Reich, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, is president of the alliance.
Information about the ministerial alliance is available by calling 770-832-2526.