Pastor Hannah still Believes in Holiness
In a recent interview with the LA Times, Montel Jordan discussed his upbringing and the evolution to being a megachurch pastor at a multicultural non-denominational church.
Despite his surroundings, he didn't get involved with gangs. "I was more fearful of my dad than I was the Crips and Bloods," he says. "If we even thought about gangbanging or being around that, he would take us out first."
Instead, Montell's life revolved around the Baptist church. The grandmother of a local Crips leader was a part of the same congregation, which gave Jordan immunity. "That was a Crip neighborhood," he adds. "They knew we were church kids, so it was almost like we had a pass, we had protective covering, we could walk all through the neighborhood."
A deadly accident involving a van carrying a group from a church in southern Illinois.
It happened in Vandalia, which is northeast of St. Louis.
Police say the van flipped over and crashed on the side of the road. The accident backed up Interstate 70 for miles.
At least 14 people have been taken to the hospital, some with serious injuries. There are unconfirmed reports that four people were killed.