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Edwards' celebrating 90th anniversary

April 26, 2002

Edwards Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Second and State streets in El Centro, will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Sunday.

Elder Eric O'Brian Meekins, a native of Manteo, N.C., will be the speaker.

The Rev. Elvin Harrison, a third-generation member of the church, will speak at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Harrison spent his formative years at Edwards Chapel, where he was baptized and where he became an usher at age 5.

He moved to San Diego and, after completing high school, was ordained a Baptist minister. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in 1990 at Jarvis Christian College and his master's degree in divinity at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1994.

He served as youth pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Washington, as director of community services at Bethelete Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., and as academic counselor for Harlem Education Center in Harlem, N.Y.

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Meekins moved from South Carolina to San Diego when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1990.

He joined St. Steven's Cathedral in San Diego and in 1996 became licensed to the ministry. He was ordained in 1997 by Bishop George McKinney.

He serves as an adult Sunday school teacher and is a jurisdictional adjutant to the bishop. He is employed as a paralegal for the law firm of Tasdal, Levine, Smith, Steiner & Wax.

Meekins works with youth and said when counseling them he encourages them to use the following phrase when complaining about their problems: "The shortest distance between your probelms and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor."

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