Nationally-known pastor returns to Mount Gilead for book signing event

It’s a “homecoming” of sorts for Rev. Dr. Eric Leake, a Mount Gilead native who will be featured in a special worship and book-signing event tomorrow evening. McAuley Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church is hosting Leake Saturday at 6 p.m.

A native of Mount Gilead, N.C., Rev. Dr. Eric L. Leake released a book entitled “Praying on Purpose: Intentional Growth Through Prayer” in July, 2013. (Greater Warner AME Zion Church photo)

A native of Mount Gilead, N.C., Rev. Dr. Eric L. Leake released a book entitled “Praying on Purpose: Intentional Growth Through Prayer” in July, 2013. (Greater Warner A.M.E. Zion Church photo)

Through Xulon Press, the 49-year-old Leake has just published a book entitled, “Praying on Purpose: Intentional Growth Through Prayer”. Leake says, “The book brings fresh and insightful thoughts about the principles, purpose, practice and power of prayer,” and “offers readers various methods and models of prayer,” with questions and discussion at the end of each chapter.

Eric Leake graduated from West Montgomery High School in 1981, and he preached his first sermon at age 21 at McAuley Memorial Church. Since then, he has studied at Shaw University in Raleigh and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, and, in 2004, he completed requirements for the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, with a project on “Spiritually Intentional Disciples”.

Among other ministry work, Dr. Leake served 16 years as pastor of Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church in Knoxville, Tenn., and he is currently pastor of Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Chicago.

The worship and book-signing event will start tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at McAuley Memorial Church on Julius Chambers Ave. in Mount Gilead, and all are invited.

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