Commending The Reverend Lawrence E. Aker, III on his 10th Pastoral Anniversary and 25th Preaching Anniversary

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending The Reverend Lawrence E. Aker, III
upon the occasion of his 10th Pastoral Anniversary and 25th Preaching

WHEREAS, The character and richness of religious and community life in
the Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the faithful concern
and selfless devotion of those who commit their energies and purpose to
the ministry of others; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish themselves
and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and preeminence of
service; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend The Reverend
Lawrence E. Aker, III upon the occasion of his 10th Pastoral Anniversary
and 25th Preaching Anniversary; and
WHEREAS, These significant milestones in Reverend Aker's distinguished
career will be celebrated with a festive occasion to be held at The
Steiner Studios - Stage Six in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 27, 2013; and
WHEREAS, The Reverend Lawrence E. Aker, III currently serves as the
Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York; in
2003, he was elected the church's eighth pastor, succeeding his spiritu-
al mentor Dr. Harry S. Wright, Sr.; and
WHEREAS, Cornerstone Baptist Church has continued to thrive under his
able leadership; and
WHEREAS, Through the use of technology, online giving has increased
stewardship; the installation of plasma screens in the sanctuary has
enhanced worship service and, Reverend Aker's vision to reach more youth
has led to the formation of "Friday Nite Fire," a contemporary weekly
Bible Study for youth and young adults; and
WHEREAS, Pastor Aker has also inspired the Women of the Word (WOW)
ministry, which seeks to spiritually nurture the women of Cornerstone
and, in 2005, an additional service was created to provide parishioners
convenience and another style of worship; and
WHEREAS, Pastor Aker has, in addition, led the church through exten-
sive renovation to the exterior of the church edifice; he also initiated
the Annual Cornerstone Golf Classic held every June and, in the near
future the church will break ground to renovate its gymnasium and Commu-
nity Center; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Aker was born in Oakland, California and was raised
in Dallas, Texas; he graduated cum laude from Howard University with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications; he also earned a Master in
Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Master of Sacred
Theology degree from Yale University and is currently a Doctor of
Philosophy degree candidate at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey;
WHEREAS, Reverend Aker also feels blessed to have had the opportunity
to study Biblical Archaeology at The Holy Land Institute in Jerusalem
and to have had the opportunity to preach in Zimbabwe, Africa; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Aker and his wife and college sweetheart, Cynthia,
reside in Brooklyn and are the proud and loving parents of a son,
Lawrence IV, and two daughters, Karina Vivian and Nyla Victoria; and
WHEREAS, Pastor Aker has brought to his ministry an overwhelming spir-
it of charity and compassion, acting from vision and enlightenment in
conducting his administrative and spiritual duties, while always
displaying the highest standards of personal and professional integrity
and dedication; and

WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and has adminis-
tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention it is
appropriate to publicly and jubilantly proclaim and commend them for the
edification and emulation of others; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend The Reverend Lawrence E. Aker, III upon the occasion of his 10th
Pastoral Anniversary and 25th Preaching Anniversary to be celebrated on
April 27, 2013, noting his unremitting and compassionate faith and his
exemplary service to God, man, and his community, and extending to him
the heartfelt best wishes of this Legislative Body for a future of
continued purposeful success and well-being; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Reverend Lawrence E. Aker, III.


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