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Practicing What He Preaches: Local Minister Pledges Financial Support


“We believe in education and everything once started in the church. When you ride around the community, you can see the tremendous influence Bethune-Cookman University has on every church from the pulpits and pews, to the praise team and musicians. Surfers don’t go out and create a new wave, they ride the wave that was given; and the wave the Lord has give us is the college students. He has set us in the middle of the school. We say the more we give the more God will give to you. You can’t lead from behind. It is time for us to step up to the plate and give back.” -Reverend Raymond Carswell, Pastor, Powerhouse Ministry Church of God in Christ of Daytona Beach Florida

Thanks to Reverend Raymond Carswell who made a $10,000 pledge to Bethune Cookman University to paid over the next 10 years. The first installment will support student scholarships and athletics.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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