Veterans Day at Redemption Church was a family affair with Randy Bradley serving as “Host.” He greeted everyone present and spoke about remembering the service and sacrifices of others who made this day possible. He then asked the Veterans to stand and be recognized as American Heroes; the Church gave them a standing ovation. Click here to view the award ceremony.
Then he recognized Pastor Ed King as Redemption Church Pastor but also a U.S. Army Vietnam War helicopter crew chief. Randy Bradley asked Redemption Lay Leader, Ia Drang survivor and President of Vet to Vet Tennessee Freddie J. Owens to come forward for the presentation of the George Thomas Memorial Award to Pastor Ed. Click here to Read More
Before moving forward, Mr. Owens recognized the Gold Star Mother’s / Blue Star Spouses that were present. The Soldier’s Heart Ministry at Redemption Church has been in existence for fifteen (15) years, during that time the Pastor has played a major role within the city of Knoxville to help develop the Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VMFC) initiative. Along with County Mayor Tim Burchett they held a news conference in April 2014 to challenge congregations to start a ministry to help Veterans and their families within their own communities.
Because of Pastor King’s tireless support, vision and sincere commitment to bring spiritual healing to the brave men and women who so valiantly defended our beloved freedom, the VMFC has expanded nationally.
It was a true honor for President Freddie J. Owens to bestow Vet to Vet Tennessee’s highest faith-based award to Pastor Dr. Ed King. May God continue to shine His light into the lives of our veterans, their families and communities.