GOSPEL GIANT—First Lady Denise and Pastor Timothy Caldwell of New Life Deliverance Ministries strive to restore hope to their City of Duquesne by bringing Gospel giant Donnie McClurkin, center, to the area. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)
Pastor Timothy Caldwell is on a mission to uplift the residents of the city of Duquesne and other towns in the Mon Valley.
“It seems like people here in the Mon Valley are losing hope,” said Pastor Caldwell, president of Miracle Temple Evangelistic Ministries in Duquesne. “I’m trying to encourage people that they can do better.”
The City of Duquesne was founded in 1789. It is about two square miles and has a population of approximately 5,500 residents.
To help alleviate the hopelessness, Pastor Caldwell has come up with several ideas to “put Jesus in the street” and get the people of the region to realize how special they are and how much they are loved by God.
Some of those ideas include hosting a clothing drive and raising money to help needy Mon Valley residents with Thanksgiving and Christmas.
To help further his mission, Pastor Caldwell and his wife, Denise, brought gospel powerhouse singer Donnie McClurkin to Miracle Temple.
Pastor Caldwell sent a request to McClurkin last October, but wasn’t sure he would accept it. But he did. Pastor Caldwell saw it as divine intervention.
“Donnie is a big name in gospel and the event was standing room only,” said Pastor Caldwell, who inherited Miracle Temple Evangelistic Ministries from his father R.I. Caldwell. “He spoke about how we as a people need to put the focus back on God and do what’s right.
“We had about 700 people from all across the Mon Valley. It was standing room only,” Pastor Caldwell continued. “Pastors from other churches came to support us and that’s great because it helps us build relationships and we can all work together. The event was definitely a success. People have been calling since the event asking about CDs and DVDs. We are looking to bringing other artists to the Mon Valley.”