Claflin University is inviting the community to support scholarships for deserving students at its 12th annual United Negro College Fund Community Prayer Breakfast, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.
The Rev. Hayes T. Gainey, pastor of Edisto Fork United Methodist Church, will serve as the breakfast’s keynote speaker. Local ministers will also perform in the UNCF Ministers’ Choir, under the direction of Rosemary Griffin.
Rev. Gainey, a native of Kingstree, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at St. Augustine College in Raleigh, N.C., and his Master of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary (ITC) in Atlanta, Ga. He began his first pastoral appointment in the North Georgia Annual Conference, and later became a member of the South Carolina Annual Conference. He has served at Edisto Fork UMC since July 1999. Under his leadership, Edisto Fork has moved to a new and bigger location, membership has grown to more than 1,200, and new community programs for youth have been implemented.
Rev. Gainey was elected by the S.C. Annual Conference to serve as a delegate to both the General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church, and currently serves as a member of the Conference Administrative Review Committee and Conference Board of Ordained Ministries. He presently serves as president of the Orangeburg County Ministerial Alliance, coordinator of the State Chapter and Orangeburg District of the Black Methodists for Church Renewal, vice president of the Orangeburg branch of the Democratic Party, and chaplain of football at South Carolina State University and basketball at Claflin University. His life of service and Christian stewardship has garnered him awards and recognitions such as the Eagle Award Pastor of the Year 2013, and the coveted Harry Denman Award for Evangelism.
Rev. Gainey and his wife, Latonya Brown Gainey, have three children, Hayes T. III, Keyona and Jamaal, and one grandson, Deonte.
Tickets to the UNCF Community Prayer Breakfast are $15 each or $150 for a reserved table of 10. For every dollar raised, the UNCF provides a $30 return in scholarships for students at Claflin University.
For more information about the breakfast, call Dr. Iris D. Bomar at 803-535-5376.