What: Celebrate Simunye!

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Where: Southgate Church, Springfield, Ohio

                December 28, 2019; Springfield, OH: The growing racial tension in the world today is very concerning.  At least that is what a diverse group of pastors and Christian leaders in Springfield Ohio believe and have been meeting together to address.  They call the group Simunye, which in the Zulu language means “we are one” and are hosting a public gathering on January 19th featuring Dr. Charles Ware. Ware is the co-author with Ken Ham on the book “One Race One Blood”.  This is your opportunity to celebrate Christian unity and learn more about what you can do to increase peace and harmony locally.

                Member Eli Williams stated, “because there is so much hate in the world, the group’s official mission is to stimulate local churches toward biblically healthy multiethnic relationships”. Their purpose is to glorify God by loving all peoples and encouraging others to do the same. “We envision churches modeling God’s vision for peace, oneness, and biblical unity” agreed Earnest Brown and Bobby Hile, senior pastors of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Southgate Church respectively. 

                Celebrate Simunye! will be held at Southgate Church 2111 S. Center Blvd. in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, January 19th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.   Admission is free and will include selections from a multi-church choir, the premiere of Simunye’s introductory video and an inspirational message from Dr. Charles Ware from Indianapolis, Indiana who serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership.  Dr. Ware is president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College, which is dedicated to training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.

PRESS: Additional information and interviews available upon request.

Contact: Bobby J. Hile | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 937.326.0619

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Springfield, Ohio, August 28, 2018: Urban Light Ministries staff, board, volunteers invite you to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Sonshine Clubs.

The Sonshine Clubs 25th Anniversary celebration will be a time of fellowship, memories and music as they honor God and the people who have been a part of the children’s program.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM following The Taste the Holidays event
Location: Community Room | Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church | 1801 St. Paris Pike | Springfield, Ohio

Over the past quarter century, tens of thousands of children have been impacted by the weekly after school program in multiple locations throughout Clark County. Some of the parents, participants and volunteers will share their stories. The Sonshine Club Band will provide live music.

Tickets for The Sonshine Clubs 25th Anniversary celebration are free and may be acquired online at www.urbanlight.org.

The Sonshine Clubs 25th Anniversary celebration will immediately follow the Taste of the Holidays event. Tickets for that event may be purchased online as well.

For more information, contact Phillip Sanders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eli Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Phone 937-328-0122.

Springfield, OH, JUNE 29, 2018 – Today Urban Light Ministries CEO Eli Willams announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Trustees. The following individuals are now voting members on the board and include Melissa Brown and Stephen Massey.

Melissa Brown – Melissa holds a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University and a B.S. in Social Work from Cedarville University. She is currently an Associate Professor at Cedarville University.

 Stephen Massey – Stephen is the Chief Operations Officer of Citilookout Counseling Center and the Director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Trauma Recovery Center Crime Victims Advocacy Program. He has a Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Grand Canyon University.

Urban Light Ministries is a 501(c)(3) that was established in 1995 and is recognized as a model of Christian outreach to fathers, children and families. Urban Light Ministries mission is to provide the resources and education to increase the number of responsible fathers, nurtured children and strong families. Urban Light Ministries works with the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood and is funded by individual donors and organizations such as The Nehemiah Foundation, The HM Turner Foundation, Community Health Foundation and Jeff Wyler Auto Group.

Springfield, Ohio, August 28, 2018: The public is invited to enjoy an evening of delicious food and live music as you sample all you care to eat from a variety of local restaurants and caterers.

The timing is great as you plan holiday parties.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Community Room | Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church | 1801 St. Paris Pike | Springfield, Ohio

Restaurants and Caterers include:
• Cecil & Lime Cafe
• Mela Urban Bistro
• Rudy’s Smokehouse Barbeque
• Mel O Dee Restaurant
• Honey Baked Hams
• Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken
• Mikey’s Pizza
• Agape Coffee & Books
• Suzie’s Delicious Catering
• Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Event Sponsors include
Jeff Wyler Springfield Chevrolet, Box King Pack-Ship-Print, Reliable Home Improvements, Fourman Insurance, Springfield Assisted Living, and others.

The Taste of the Holidays is a fundraiser for the children and family programs of the local not-for-profit organization Urban Light Ministries. These include The Sonshine Clubs after-school sessions with children and their Fatherhood Programs. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 on event day. Tickets may be purchased securely online at www.urbanlight.org.

For more information, contact Mark Sturgeon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eli Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Phone 937-328-0122.

Springfield, Ohio, June 6, 2018: Urban Light Ministries announces the winning entries for the second annual Clark County Fatherhood Awards.

The aim of the Awards is to recognize the significant role fathers play in their children’s well-being and development and to raise awareness of the value of fathers in the family and the community. It identifies and honors outstanding fathers for their exceptional commitment to raising their children and/or for their exemplary contribution to the development of children in the community. The winners, chosen by an independent panel are (in alphabetical order):
• Evan Hellwig
• Kyle Koehler
• Stephen Massey

Evan Hellwig has four adult children. One of them is adopted from China. He was nominated by his pastor who stated: “Evan has demonstrated a faithful commitment to raising his children well.” Hellwig serves his spouse and children with excellence, while a Cedarville University professor and a pastor-elder at his church. He has “modeled faithfulness, integrity, humility, compassion and perseverance”, continued his pastor.

Kyle Koehler was nominated by his daughter – one of his five children. She wrote “He is a man of integrity, and a father of kindness, love, and humility”, who “…taught his children hard work, and encouraged their dreams.” Koehler is the Representative for the 79th district of the Ohio House of Representatives. He and his wife will celebrate their 30th anniversary in July.

Stephen Paul Massey is not only a doting dad to his youngest child. He also is a father-figure to his wife’s four children, mentors young men in the community, all while working as COO of Citi Lookout. According to his spouse and nominator, Stephen “works very hard at numerous things to provide and care for our family.” Yet, “he spends quality time” with all his children, she added.

The 2018 Clark County Fatherhood Awards will be presented Saturday, June 16th at 3:00 PM during the combined Juneteenth Celebration and FatherFest in Springfield. The award ceremony will take place in the entertainment tent.

Urban Light Ministries is a 501(c)(3) that was established in 1995 and is recognized as a model of Christian outreach to fathers, children and families. Urban Light Ministries mission is to provide the resources and education to increase the number of responsible fathers, nurtured children and strong families. Urban Light Ministries works with the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood and is funded by individual donors and organizations such as The Nehemiah Foundation, The HM Turner Foundation, Community Health Foundation and Jeff Wyler Auto Group. For more information, contact Eli Williams at 937-408-1050 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about Juneteenth/FatherFest go to www.gammonhouseoh.org.

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