Area churches join efforts to stop crime

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Ministers from several churches across Wilmington are working together to prevent crime and violence from happening on area streets.

Saturday, nearly 20 church congregations will gather at Union Baptist Church to address the increase in crime and what they can do to stop it.

"This is an event that we are not self promoting," said Pastor William Johnson.  "We didn't want one church to get the credit.  We are all coming together to address the problems."

Drug exchanges in broad daylight, gang violence, and poverty are the problems Johnson says needs to be addressed.

"We can pull through it all if churches pull together and not apart," said Johnson.

There will be several guest speakers at Saturday's event, including District Court Judge James Faison.

Johnson said he hopes the proactive approach will stop crime in its tracks and prevent the community from having to gather together for a crisis.

The event will take place Saturday afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 at Union Baptist Church.

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