Rev. Dr. Charles Goodman, Jr. to preach at Ray of Hope's Thanksgiving Services

Rev. Dr. Charles Goodman, Jr.

An inspirational and sought-after preacher, the Rev. Dr. Charles Goodman Jr., will speak at Ray of Hope's Thanksgiving Services on Nov. 18 in Decatur.

Goodman, senior pastor of historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, will preach at both the 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. services. He has waged a 17-year battle against ALS, the neurodegenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease for the late New York Yankees first baseman who died from it at age 36.

On his diagnosis in 2001 at the age of 21, Goodman was given two years to live.

Seventeen years later, the believer in miracles likens himself to a modern-day Hezekiah, the biblical character whose life was extended after praying to God.

Every chance he gets, Goodman says he shares his story to encourage others.

The theme of the Ray’s Thanksgiving Services is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ.”

Ray of Hope Church, where the Rev. Cynthia L. Hale is senior pastor, is at 2778 Snapfinger Road.

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