In observance of Black History Month, Pastor Eric Rothe of First United Methodist Church of Quinlan invited the Rev. James Gilbert of the Fate Mission African Methodist Episcopal Church to speak from the pulpit Sunday.
Rev. Gilbert invited several members of his outreach mission and retired AME pastor Jim Robbins to join in the services. The guest preacher's children, Joshua, Jaida and Joanna Gilbert, joined Rev. Laura Rothe in singing several specials.
Rev. Robbins served the AME church for 31 years, the last being in Rockwall. In addition to serving the AME Church, Rev. Gilbert is an engineer with L-3 Communications in Rockwall. He first started his ministry with the AME Church in Indianapolis, Ind.
Rev. Rothe and Rev. Robbins first met following the July 2015 shooting incident in Charleston, S.C.