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Merry Christmas SPIRITMEMPHIS.COM DECEMBER 2016 NO. 159 Bishop DAVID ALLEN HALL STANDING IN TWO WORLDS A t e s t i m o n Y PASTOR SEAN CALHOUN FROM PRISON TO THE PULPIT By age eighteen, Pastor Sean Calhoun, Sr., known as “Calhoun” had made a name for himself in the streets but it came with a cost. He had been shot point blank in the neck with a 9mm during a bad drug deal, had accumulated over18 felonies, dropped out of school, and had fathered two children – by a two different women, with a third child on the way from yet another woman. Deep down inside, he knew that if something didn’t drastically change, he would end up in prison for the rest of his life or worse – dead. �� For years his mother cried out to the Lord to save and deliver her son. However, it seemed the more she prayed, the more trouble he got into; but she never gave up hope that one day her son would run to God instead of away from Him. Then something happened. Her prayers were finally about to be answered – just not the way she had envisioned. One night after attending a rap concert, he was pulled over. He knew he had drugs and guns on him but instead of running (which he normally did), he sat in the back seat of the patrol car and uttered these words, “Lord, I give up! Whatever you do is fine with me.” He was arrested for drug and gun possession, and was eventually sentenced to five years in a federal penitentiary. “I grew up in a Christian home so I knew right from wrong but I ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� was an answer to my mother’s prayers. When the cops pulled us over I didn’t even try to fight it. At that point in my life, I was tired and I knew this was God’s way of getting my attention. Going to prison was not an ideal situation, but it helped save my life and ultimately my soul.” Calhoun stated. While in prison, he rededicated his life to the Lord, got his GED, and became certified in HVAC and residential/commercial wiring. He also helped establish a Christian fellowship that held nightly Bible studies on the prison compound with over 100 men, along with prison officials. �� Upon his release in 1996, he returned to Jacksonville to reunite with the three children he left behind. Later that same year, he married the mother of his oldest son and served as a minister at Titus Harvest Dome under Pastor R.J. Washington. �� In 1999, the Lord pressed upon his heart to relocate to Memphis, TN. Many thought he was crazy to pack up his family and move to a place they had never been. After fasting and praying for nine months and with the blessing of his pastor, he packed up a U-Haul and moved. “People told me I was crazy and that I missed God because we didn’t have jobs or a place to stay, but I knew I heard Him. The Lord told me trust Him and that He would bless me and my family for my obedience.” Calhoun said. �� 20 SPIRIT MEMORIAL Celebrating the Lif e & Legacy of a Legend Adriana Colbert Harrison 36


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