The East Texas Union Progressive District Association will be holding a youth night and an annual session Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, respectively, with speakers both nights.

Pastor Kendrick D. Goree will be the keynote speaker for the youth night on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Sequoise Givens, Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, will be the guest speaker at the annual session on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. Both will be speaking at the Midway Baptist Church, 555 County Road 4131 in Henderson.

Kendrick Goree

Pastor Goree is a man who is described as on fire for the Lord. He is a pastor, leader, author, sought out conference speaker, visionary, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, husband, Father and an all-around compassionate man. He has an exceptional gift for deeply touching the hearts and souls of people that God places in his path. He preaches and teaches the Word of God in practical terms, so that all who hear him understands as if it was written in the 21st century.

Goree is the founder of Kendrick Goree’s Ministries; “Empowerment with a Purpose.” He is also the Senior Pastor/Founder of New Life with a Purpose Ministries in Mesquite and Goree’s Enterprises, a multimedia that specializes in professional photography and videography.

Pastor Goree is employed with the Dallas V.A. Medical Center as a Management Analyst and serves on many different boards.

Goree was born Aug. 27, 1977 in Carthage to Kenneth and Brenda Jones. Goree was reared in the Baptist Church. Growing up he always knew that there was a calling on his life, but he ran from that calling for many years. Eventually, he started running the streets, selling drugs, chasing women and buying the finer things of life, the illegal way. Goree remembers the days of meager beginnings. In 1998 at the age of 20, Goree was incarcerated and sentenced to the Federal Bureau of Prison System. It was here that he accepted his calling and prepared to minister the Word of God. Goree was released from prison to fulfill the vision that God had given him.

On May 12, 2004, he held his first Bible Study in the living room of his one bedroom apartment. Within months, the congregation was blessed to move into a small store front. His ministry now stands for people who need a life changing and challenging Word to keep the vision alive.

In 2003, God led Goree to his wife Tamekia. They wed on September 25, 2004. They have two children, Kynleigh and Kendrick Goree II.

Goree has seen and experienced the hand of God in his life. He continues to remain focused on the Ministry, his personal and professional life and the life of others.

Eva Chadwick, ETUPDA Youth Director encourages everyone (students, parents, grandparents and educators) to attend. The Rev. Johnny Johnson Pastor of the East Holley Spring Baptist Church, Mount Enterprise will serve as moderator.

Sequoise Burns-Givens

Burns-Givens is board certified by American Academy of Nurse Practitioner. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems in the comfort of her patients’ home. She has the opportunity to help patients from many different backgrounds and cultures and help them overcome health related barriers.

She is also an author and owner of Above Average Health and House Calls Company. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, cooking and spending time with her husband, two children and her grandchild.

Burns-Givens is a graduate of Carthage High School. She graduated from Panola College in August 1998 as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Givens received an Associate Degree in Nursing in December 2007 from Kilgore Collegeand a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, December 2012 for the University of Texas at Arlington. She graduated in May 2015 from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Master of Science of Nursing, Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program.

She is a member of the American Nurse Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Texas Nurse Practitioners.

Burns-Givens will focus on “Managing what belongs to God.” Wanda Gaines, who serves as President of the ETUPDA Woman’s Auxiliary cordially invites everyone to come. The Rev. Johnnie Johnson Pastor of the East Holley Spring Baptist Church, Mount Enterprise will serve as moderator.