Power Moves: Pastor Delvick McKay Opens New Community Center in Wiregrass, Alabama

As a lifelong resident of Headland, Pastor Delvick McKay has dedicated his life to helping members of his community by setting them up for success and giving everyone the opportunity to thrive.

As a local, McKay understands what it’s like to grow up in Headland and the desire to succeed. He graduated with honors from Pointe High Schoolthen later attended Tuskegee University and Amberton University. His experience in school and his faith eventually led him to ministry, where his desire to help others intensified.

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Now as pastor of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (GSMBC), McKay used his leadership position to connect with his community. These connections and his desire to further help his community prosper led him to begin construction of a Community Family Life Center right next to his church as part of his congregation’s Community Development Corporation.

The GSMBC Community Family Life Center will serve as a community resource and service center that provides educational development to disadvantaged students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It will also provide GED/adult education resources for the wider community as well as rural workforce development for those entering the workforce, as well as personal care services.

“Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all residents of Henry County, regardless of background or background,” McKay said.

Although the physical building is still under construction, McKay’s vision and leadership for the center is already being developed. The center has partnered with Wallace Community College to facilitate the GED/adult education program to assist Headland residents who wish to complete high school.

“The relationship with Wallace College will provide a gateway of opportunity for those in Headland and help bridge the gap between individuals and the opportunities that exist across multiple industries and education,” McKay said.

The center will have a designated computer lab and meeting space where other collaborating entities like the Dothan Region Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Works can host workforce development seminars and job fairs for Henry County residents.

The center will also be a hub of learning and tutoring for school-aged children. It is planned to house a SRA® Reading Lab and on-site teachers and tutors. The K-12 summer enrichment program would also include field trips to local businesses like commercial jet, Dothan Regional Airport, Farley Nuclear Generating Station, historical park, michelin, Wiregrass Public Safety Centerand many others.

Beyond education, McKay and GSMC plan to meet other vital community needs, such as wellness clinics and nutrition programs. It also plans to give residents access to personal care like a hair salon and beauty salon, as well as provide entrepreneurial opportunities for aspiring beauticians and barbers.

As for the center’s overall goal, McKay is optimistic and eager to see what this community center will do for the residents of Headland.

“Imagine having a place within our community that has all of these positive elements in one central location – where there are structured educational programs and recreational activities for children; adults can apply for job opportunities and enroll in the GED program or workforce development seminars; where barbers and beauticians have a work space generating income and providing an essential service to the public. The GSMBC Community Family Life Center does all of these things. »

Jill E. Washington