Talk about impactful…
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center was the site where more than 300 men didn’t worry about anything except praising God.
Saturday morning, June 24 to be exact, was God’s time.
GARY WHITE (PHOTOS BY J.L. MARTELLO)
It was Gary White’s first Men’s Power Summit. He’s held seven Power Brunches previously a few blocks away at Fogo De Chao restaurant, on Smithfield Street, Downtown, where men can come together in praise and fellowship. But to allow for more men to attend, White moved the eighth Power Brunch into the Power Summit, which began at 9 a.m. at the AWAACC.
JAY SIMON (TOP) AND REV. DR. ASA LEE WERE AMONG THE SPEAKERS AT THE MEN’S POWER SUMMIT, JUNE 24.
“Allowing men to come together for praise, worship, fellowship, breaking bread and hearing the word,” White told the New Pittsburgh Courier, July 25. “Making sure we are being good stewards of the word and getting back in alignment with what God called us to, that we would come together and do these things as men should.”
White, who currently serves as a sales manager for Fogo De Chao, collaborated with North Way Christian Community Church, in the North Hills. That collaboration brought a diverse set of men to the AWAACC; White said 35 percent of the men were White, 65 percent were Black.
During the Power Summit, there was a DJ, food, and impactful speakers, including Pastor Michael Day from Legacy International Worship Center, Pastor Michael Smith from Destiny International Ministries, and Rev. Dr. Asa Lee, president of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, among others.
PASTOR MICHAEL SMITH (PHOTOS BY J.L. MARTELLO)
White told the Courier that he’s planning for another Power Summit in 2024. The next Power Brunch will be held, Oct. 14, at Fogo. “The summit was very impactful,” White said. “We had men coming down from all surrounding areas of the Pittsburgh region; different churches, different denominations. Very engaging.”