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IN HONOR OF PASTOR LORENZO L. HEARD
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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                  IN HONOR OF PASTOR LORENZO L. HEARD

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                      HON. SANFORD D. BISHOP, JR.

                               of georgia

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to an 
outstanding Man of God, Pastor Lorenzo L. Heard, for twenty years of 
dedicated civic leadership and pastoral service to the Albany, Georgia 
community. Pastor Heard will celebrate his twentieth anniversary as the 
distinguished pastor of Greater Second Mount Olive Baptist Church with 
an anniversary celebration that will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013 
at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of Albany State University in Albany, 
Georgia.
  A Georgia man through and through, Pastor Heard is a native of 
Leesburg, Georgia and a 1981 graduate of Lee County High School. He 
attended Fort Valley State College, now known as Fort Valley State 
University and transferred to Morehouse College in Atlanta after two 
years. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Albany 
State University.
  Pastor Heard began preaching the Word of the Lord at the young age of 
seventeen. Just three years later, he began his first pastorate at 
Macedonia Baptist Church in Patterson, Georgia before becoming the 
pastor of Saint Galilee Baptist Church in Sparta, Georgia in 1987. In 
1993, he became pastor of the Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 
where he has been called to lead for the past twenty years.
  Under Pastor Heard's leadership, more than 2,500 people have joined 
the congregation of Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church. A dynamic and 
ever faithful pastor, he has taught, mentored, and ministered to every 
soul who has walked through the doors of the church. Pastor Heard goes 
a step further by teaching people life skills such as how to manage 
their finances, and encourages everyone to become active in civic and 
political engagement to better the community.
  Always pressing towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of 
God in Christ Jesus, to better improve the craft of Christian ministry 
and discipleship, Pastor Heard has led the church in building a strong 
outreach program for the East Albany community, touching and changing 
many lives for the better.
  Pastor Lorenzo has been repeatedly acknowledged for his outstanding 
achievements, service and public distinction. He has authored two 
books, Stuck in a Storm and Missing Your Calm: Discovering God's 
Purpose for Your Life and Lessons in Money Management.
  Pastor Heard has achieved numerous successes in his life, but none of 
this would have been possible without the grace of God and his loving 
wife, Leslie Parrish Heard, and family.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me today in paying tribute 
to Pastor Lorenzo L. Heard for his life of selfless service to God, the 
church and to humankind.

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