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July 22, 2015
Week in Review
L ocal N ews
Community leaders and members of the Highland Christian Center family, Ken Berry (from left), Avel
Gordly and John R. Lampkin make plans for the Aug. 1 ‘Praying for a Miracle’ telethon to help raise
donations to pay for cancer treatment for their beloved church pastor Dr. W.G. Hardy Jr.
Paying it Forward
set for beloved pastor
Despite a dire cancer diagnosis for their beloved
spiritual leader, members of the Highland Christian
Center and their ailing church pastor, Rev. Dr. W.G.
Hardy Jr., are not ready to give up.
On Saturday, Aug. 1, Highland, a United Church
of Christ congregation that is both historically Afri-
can American and diverse, will host the “Praying for
a Miracle” Telethon Extravaganza in support of Har-
dy’s medical expenses. The event will take place at the
Highland church home at 7600 N.E. Glisan St. from 1
p.m. to 9 p.m. Phone pledges will also be accepted.
Hardy, one of the state’s most influential and in-
spired leaders, announced earlier this year that he had
been diagnosed with cancer. Doctors predicted his life
would be drastically shortened.
But Hardy and his church are keeping positive by
fighting back with prayers and medical treatment. Har-
dy has enrolled at Cancer Center of America and travels
once a month to Arizona for treatment. To help fund his
medical needs, The “Paying It Forward” community
group has established the Pastor Hardy Medical Fund
at U.S. Bank.
The telethon will support the fundraising effort with
an entertainment extravaganza. The guest list includes
national gospel artists DaNell Daymon and Great-
er Works, Minister Derrick McDuffey, Wendy Jack-
son, Pastor Kim Black, April Murchinson and Sam
KOIN 6 News Anchor Ken Boddie will emcee the
telethon, with help from Pastor Kim Black and Michael
“Chappie” Grice. The day will also include dance in-
terpretations, medical and educational speakers. A Mir-
acle Village Fair will include vendors and home cooked
food. There will be a silent auction and more.
With 19 years experience as senior pastor at High-
land, Hardy has established his church as a leading force
of good in the Pacific Northwest. Under his leadership,
Dr. Rev. W. G. Hardy Jr.
the church has initiated homeless feeding pro-
grams, shelters and prison programs. The church
established partnerships to support young African
Americans and their families and teamed up with
Oregon Health Sciences University to establish the
Avel Gordly Center for Healing, which provides
cultural specific mental health counseling.
“His ministry is about building lives,” says
Gordly, a former state senator and Highland
member. “Pastor Hardy is a true servant leader
and he has a gift – a way of being authentic and
transparent about his own life and experiences
and using language in a way that everyone can
For more information, call John Lampkin at
503-577-8227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.