May Member Spotlight
SISTER NICOLE "NIKKI" YOUNG
FAMILY. Born on June 18th in Atlanta, GA to Deborah Young (deceased June 2016) and Darrell Davis (deceased August 2014). She has one sister (Ashley, 26 y/o) and one brother (Dontavious, 18 y/o). Both siblings yet live in Atlanta, and they all share a very close bond. She was raised in a God-fearing home, and the family attended New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Clarkston. Growing up, Nikki learned the importance of hard work and perseverance from those around her who set an exemplary example. Her mother was a long-time manager at Kmart, her father was an Army soldier, and her grandfather was a Navy sailor. Additionally, her maternal grandmother (the late Ms. Christine Young) and her paternal grandfather (Mr. Jonathan Green) strongly influenced her life through sage wisdom. She has fond memories of taking family trips to Panama City Beach. Nikki has one handsome and precocious son, Damonte (12 y/o).
EDUCATION. Graduated from Tucker HS in 2003. Made numerous placements on the A/B Honor Roll and Principal’s List. From 9th through 12th grades Nikki was a member of the Drill Team! Following graduation, she attended Louisiana Tech (Lake Charles), graduating in 2008 with a Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding. In December 2013, she graduated from GA State University (Atlanta) with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development. Nikki plans to return to school and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching.
EMPLOYMENT/CAREER. For approximately 20 yrs (since her early teens) Nikki worked several positions at Northside Hospital, to include Dietary Services, Human Resources, and Patient Transport. Since February 2018, she has worked at La Petit Academy assigned to Pre-schoolers as a Lead Teacher. In February of this year, Nikki took a leap of faith to start her own business – “Deborah’s Divine Pillows” – creating custom designed head and body pillows! This business was born from her love of sewing, a skill she learned from her mother. Each pillow is crafted with loving memories of her mother who always kept mounds of pillows on her bed. Nikki has made more than 30 pillows, and business is growing steadily! Her next career venture is to own and operate “Deborah’s Christian Academy” for children ages infant to 12 y/o.
FAITH/MINISTRY. Accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord at 10 y/o. In 2016, Nikki and her son had an experience that undeniably proved God is a life-saving, miracle worker. She and Damonte were pedestrians as a car came straight their way. In the blink of an eye, she was able to push her son out of the way before she was hit by the motorist. She was thrown 50 feet into the air, her body wrapped around a tree. She spent time in a coma on life support. With the healing power of God, Nikki was able to recover after multiple surgeries and rehab! She had to learn again basic life functions of eating, bathing, talking, walking, etc. It took about a year to get back to normalcy, but as soon as she was able to attend service, she joined Redeeming Word Church! Nikki says, “I may have rods and screws in my body, but I’m grateful to have a body that is alive and well as a testimony of what God can do! I thank God that I am able to work and take care of my son and myself!” Her only regret is that she can never wear heels again…LOL! Her favorite scripture is Psalm 37: 4. Pastor and Lady Randle have encouraged her to keep the faith in the face of adversity. Through words of wisdom and correction, Nikki has been able to make informed decisions that are bible-based and spirit-led. Nikki enjoys singing and plans to join the Choir!
TALENTS. In addition to sewing and singing, she likes to style hair!
LEISURE/FUN. Spending quality time with her son: cooking, outings to Dave & Buster, movie night at home, and playing video games. Whatever makes Damonte happy and builds their mother/son bond is what makes her heart glad. She says Damonte is a mature, thoughtful, mannerable, A/B Honor Roll student, and she’ll do whatever she can to keep him inspired and happy.
April Member Spotlight
ELDER MARVIN MORRIS, JR.
FAMILY. Born August 8, 1987 in Macon, GA to Marvin Morris, Sr. and Linda Clark. He got his love of music from his father who plays bass and lead guitar and sings with the gospel quartet called New Stars of Faith. He got his love of ministry and worship from his mother, an intercessor who also owns a daycare center, Clark Home Daycare. Stepmother, Teresa Morris, taught him integrity and self-identity. Stepfather, Anthony Clark, instilled the importance of hard work. Greatest influence was his maternal grandmother, the late Ruby Lee “Granny” Jones. She showed him, through loving example, what it meant to be supportive. Marvin has 4 brothers: Marcus (37 y/o), LeShon (34 y/o), Devonta (25 y/o), and Jamiro (22 y/o). He has a 6 y/o son (Jeremiah) who’s in kindergarten.
EDUCATION. Graduated from Southwest HS (Macon) in 2005. Sophomore through senior years, he played baseball and was Drum Major. Was a 4-year member of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC). In 2006, he earned a Certificate in Theology from Georgia Bible College (Macon). In 2009, he earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Christian Studies and Music Composition from Brewton-Parker College (Mount Vernon, GA). At BPC, he was President of the Black Student Fellowship for 3 yrs, and played football. In 2010, he enrolled in Beulah Heights College (Atlanta) to pursue a Master’s degree in Theology.
EMPLOYMENT/CAREER. Has been employed in the Banking/Finance industry for 9+ yrs, holding various positions such as Customer Service, Teller, and Branch Manager. He is currently the Call Center Manager for DH Pace (Atlanta), managing the day-to-day operations of Billing and Customer Service. Under his own ministry brand, he is developing a curriculum to effectively train Ministers of Music in their local assemblies. Marvin will soon be a published author… "The Truth Behind Music" will be released August 2019!
FAITH/MINISTRY. Received salvation at 7 y/o. Was called to preach at 13 y/o (accepted the call at 16 y/o). Baptized in the Holy Ghost at 16 y/o. Was ordained and licensed at 17 y/o by Pastor Dave Wilcoxson at New Piney Grove Baptist Church (Macon). At 21 y/o, he was ordained an Elder in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) by Bishop Charles Ellis. Marvin moved to Atlanta in October 2009 to accept a full-time Minister of Music opportunity at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church (Decatur). This month he celebrates his 1-Year Anniversary as a member and Minister of Music at Redeeming Word! Marvin values the relationship he has built with Pastor Randle as spiritual father and mentor, saying “I honor the father-figure/nurturing role he has in my life. He recognizes and helps me maintain the integrity and standard of my gifts so that they remain intact. There is so much that I glean from him.” The Lord uses Marvin through a prophetic preaching and deliverance ministry.
TALENTS. Though he’s a highly skilled musician (keys, drums, trombone, and trumpet), Marvin prefers preaching over playing! He has an eye for interior design, home décor, and painting… a skill set he acquired from his parents.
LEISURE/FUN. Lover of all genres of music. Listens to classical to unwind/relax. Enjoys bowling and any movie that makes him laugh. He’s an avid reader with a particular interest in history books. Marvin travels often, mostly on ministry assignments. Favorite US destinations are Chicago and Charlotte. Guyana is on his international bucket list to do Missions work. What he treasures more than anything is quality time spent with his son going to amusement parks, playing ball, watching football, or just hanging out at home. Jeremiah is a daddy’s boy and they have a very close relationship. Marvin says, “Jeremiah’s comfort-place is laying on my back… that’s where he feels most closely bonded to me.” Jeremiah has shown a budding talent in playing drums, and interestingly, at such a young age he is infatuated with hearing his dad preach the gospel. Thus, Marvin makes intentional efforts to have Jeremiah accompany him on preaching engagements.
FUN FACT. “My hair does grow…I’m bald by choice! I had hair for 27 yrs – with pictures to prove it! I decided to cut it all in 2015 for a different look”
February Member Spotlight
SIS. KANEMA L. ACHAMPONG
FAMILY. Known as “Coco” to family and close friends she was born April 29, 1980 in Brooklyn, NY to Linda and Michael (father deceased April 2011). Her mother was an Administrative Assistant with the City of New York and her father was a restaurant Chef. She has an older sister, Tiwanda. Her mother and step-father (Theodore Canigan) moved the family to Palm Bay, Florida in 1992 and from Florida to Atlanta in 2010. Kanema is a proud mother of four daughters: Amani 17 y/o, Minyaga 16 y/o, Aysha 13 y/o, and Zion 5 y/o.
EDUCATION. Upon moving to Florida, Kanema enrolled in and graduated from Melbourne High School in 1998. She was a three-year member of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and also played Clarinet in the band. In 2004, she earned an Associates degree in Science from Florida Metropolitan University (Melbourne). She also completed their Medical Assistant program.
EMPLOYMENT/CAREER. For the past 16 years Kanema has worked in the medical field. She began her career as a basic file clerk and has successfully worked up the ranks. She currently works for Peach State in Marietta as a Referral Specialist for Insurance Claims.
FAITH/MINISTRY. Though Kanema was not raised in the church, she benefited from the spiritual influence of her maternal Great Grandmother who was a Pentecostal preacher. It wasn’t until her teen years in Florida that she began attending church and subsequently accepted Jesus as her Savior at Shiloh Christian Center in Melbourne. She came to RW by invitation of her Godmother, Evang. Natalie Ramsey, and joined as a member during a Wednesday night Bible Study in 2010. She has served in ministry as an Usher and she kickstarted the media ministry. During the toddler years, she was also Rayne Randle’s armourbearer. What she appreciates most about RW is the personable, hands-on approach of Pastor & 1st Lady Randle, and the family oriented, togetherness of the membership. As she continues to grow in God, she is learning to become more patient to wait and more faithful to believe.
TALENTS. Having a Ghanian father and Jamaican step-father – plus raising four healthy, active children – it’s no wonder that Kanema’s best talent is COOKING! Her girls love mom’s jerk chicken and curry dishes. She’s also a techie who likes tinkering with cellphones and computers.
LEISURE/FUN. As a single parent, Kanaema is fully involved in her daughters’ lives whether sporting activities, school functions, college preparations, or chilling at home watching Netflix. For her own recreation she enjoys bowling and karaoke, movies and concerts. Her all-time favorite movie is Grease with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
FUN FACT. Kanema is a fun-loving, risk-taker. Over the past few years she has gone zip-lining and jet skiing… facing her fear of heights and water like a BOSS!
January Member Spotlight
BRO. GRANT LAWRENCE
FAMILY Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica on December 24, 1998. He is the only child of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew and Nadia Lawrence. His mother worked in the Jamaican Tourism Ministry. His father was a singer and musician who spent significant time touring with gospel reggae groups Change and The Living Stones. Grant spent a lot of time in his maternal grandmother’s care. Through wisdom and guidance, she taught him significant life skills including: love God, pursue your passion with purpose, and how to cook. She passed away on Mother’s Day 2012, but not before pouring all that she had into him. Grant’s family moved to Atlanta in April 2014.
EDUCATION Graduated from South Gwinnett High School (Snellville) in 2017. He played several instruments in the school orchestra. Because of his advanced level proficiency with instruments, he still holds one of the highest musical training scores at his alma mater. During senior year he enrolled in Gwinnett Tech to pursue an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. Upon completion he will then pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline.
the Kitchen Supervisor at Hyatt Regency-Perimeter, previously the Executive
Sous Chef at Courtyard Marriott-Buckhead. He’s a versatile Culinarian who
specializes in all types of food and flavors, providing delectable meals for
every palette. He loves experimenting with
food to create and infuse new flavors. Grant’s goal is to own and operate his
own restaurant where his two favorite things – music and food - collide. It will be a family-friendly, eclectic Christian eatery that bridges artistry and casual
FAITH/MINISTRY Since early childhood Grant remembers knowing God and has progressively grown in fellowship with Him. His paternal grandfather is a Pastor. His late grandmother taught him the power of prayer and the importance of having a personal relationship with the Lord. He was raised in a Christian home with influences of Brethren and Church of God faiths. He was introduced to the Pentecostal reformation upon moving to Atlanta. Grant came to Redeeming Word Church via invitation of Min. Dave Myers (another Jamaican transplant and long-time family friend). He attended for a year and officially joined in September 2018. Grant uses his Christian faith to speak encouragement and direction to young people as a big-brother and mentor. He believes God is putting him on a path for success and showing him the things and people that must be eliminated as distractions and hindrances. During this season of growth and transition, he finds comfort in Galatians 4:16.
TALENTS A multi-instrumentalist. He can proficiently play drums, piano, bass, flute, ukulele…to name a few. He wants to learn to play the harp, but first must actually see one in person! Grant also sings. At 13 y/o he was recognized in The Gleaner (a Jamaican publication) for performing a rousing rendition of “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. As such a young, skilled musician God has favored him with great privilege to perform in Chicago, New York, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
LEISURE/FUN Eating out with friends (says, “Mango Chicken at Magic Wok-Lenox Mall is the BEST!”) or hosting meals and fellowship at home. Grant enjoys watching movies that are thought-provoking and inspirational.
FUN FACT Learned to play guitar at 9 y/o after literally having a guitar thrown at him by a student bully. It was a beat-up guitar in need of TLC. Grant repaired it, became proficient with it, and taught many other students…with that same guitar! It’s since been handed down to multiple musicians and is now being used by a burgeoning Jamaican artist named Koffee.