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Page 2A iRe-13orter January 9, 2019 By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Dr. Glenn Canup is the new pastor of First Baptist Church High Falls. He sees a myriad of opportuni- ties in the area and brings a unique combination of youthful energy and a background in a wide range of ministries to the challenge. He comes to First Baptist High Falls from Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon, where he has worked to develop and execute strategies and worked with the budget, calendar and facilities for over nine years. He also filled in with sermons, was chaplain for Macon-Bibb County Fire Department and, for the last five years, was the volunteer preach- ing pastor at Central State Prison, where he led wor- ship services monthly for over 250 inmates. Canup said he has ministered at small rural churches and large urban ones as he pursued his education at Truett-Mc- Connell, Brewton Parker, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. Glenn McCall served as interim pastor at First Baptist High Falls for the last year-and-a-half as the congregation waited for the right pastor to answer the call to the church full time. Canup feels that he is the right pastor. He said McCall did a great job of getting the church focused and feels it is ready to go forward. "I believe the Lord led me here" said Canup. "There are thousands of people [in theHigh Falls House Washing (Soft Washing) Driveways Commercial Buildings Sidewalks / Walkways Much More! area] but no real evangelis- tic outreach." He has already moved his family from Macon to High Falls and has even begun knocking on doors to meet his neighbors and invite them to worship with him. One good sign was that whereas it took 4 1/2 years to sell his home in Dacula when he moved to Macon, it only to'ok two weeks to sell his house in Macon after he committed to come to High Falls. Canup said he has read that about 10,000 people live within five miles of High Falls Baptist, which is at 4404 High Falls Road, just north of High Falls State Park. Then there are the thousands of people who visit the state park; he has heard that it is the second most visited park in the state from March to July each year. Canup has already had one good experience con- necting with visitors at the state park. A family that was camping called to ask about Christmas services and decided to extend its vacation and stay for the church's New Year's Eve bonfire. It turned out that the family attends the same church in Tampa as Canup's in-laws. Canup likes the mix of people from all walks of life who live and visit in High Falls, and he hopes to see that same mix of people in the church. Dr. Glenn Canup, his wife, Linda, and their daughter and son County as he becomes the pastor of First Baptist High Falls. have lust moved to Monroe "The church is the only accident and his father very good writer, accord- thing that will transform told him that God watched ing to her husband. anything in America, over him for a reason. He "We're excited about the including the prisons" he met his wife, Linda, at First opportunities" said Canup. said. "I see the kids and Baptist Church AtlantaHe said he has worked the homes; the church is while he was in school, for churches with congre- the only way to transform They were married and gations of 50 and of 5,000 them. We are responsible he was ordained at First and has done whatever to engage and transform Baptist Atlanta. They have needed to be done, from the community. We're the two children, a five-year- cleaning to holding leader- seasoning, the light. The old son, who is attending ship positions in the state transforming power is the Hubbard Elementary, and and national Baptist Con- gospel" a two-year-old daughter, ventions. Canup grew up in Henry Linda has worked for "My goal is to get in there County and made acom- In Touch Ministries, the and lead the church to mitment to God and to the worldwide outreach of reach people and impact ministry at Eagles Land- Dr. Charles Stanley, for 15 the community, not just be ing First Baptist when he years. She now handlesspectators" he said. "Ewe was 16, a few months after the digital content for In sit back, others will take an he survived a serious car Touch Ministries and is a active role." A 5-year-old girl at Hub- bard Elementary School is no longer riding the school Navicent Health + Atrium Health: Teaming up for you When the brightest minds in medicine come together, you get the /ery best care in your community. We're joining to bring you the latest expert treatments, the easiest options for everyday convenience, and more of the exceptional care centered around you that helps you live your best. bus after she was apparent- ly assaulted by a 12-year- old girl last month. When Monroe County students returned to school on Monday, Aubrey Codey decided her family would be taking her little girl Briellea to and from school after she suffered an attack on her Monroe County school bus on Dec. 4. The attack made the Macon TV news last week and went viral. The suspect, whose Hubbard Elementary kin- name is not being re- dergartner Briellea Corley leased, has reportedly been shows the welts on her face suspended from school after she got off the bus on after she was accused of Dec. 4. five juvenile counts for her actions. She is slated to go to juvenile court on Jan. 23. The accused's 9-year-old brother was also involved but is autistic and was re- portedly moved to a special ed bus and classroom. Corley, who lives in High Falls, told the Reporter that Briellea got off the bus at home on Dec. 4 with scratches on her face. Codey said the bus driver began to pull away but she ran up to him to ask what happened. The driver told Corley that her daughter was slapped by another student and assured her that he would write up the instigators. Corley said her fianc6 knows the instigators' father, who wrote them an apology letter. She said her child's abusers have had a hard family background, but said that doesn't excuse the behavior and she's glad the school system has ad- dressed it. She said she works at Land Headquarters in Griffin and so her daughter has to ride the bus to get to school. She said she's learned that the instigators had been DELI IOUS A4EXI AN MENU Great variety of dishes to choose from! We Serve all your favorite beverages too! SPECIALS: Margarita Special Small Lime On the Rocks. Two for One Bud- Draft $2 EAT IN or CARRY OUT! 478-993-2266 We are located next door to the Red Roof Inn 480 Holiday Circle, F0rsyth, GA 31029 bullying her daughter to varying degrees for some time, stepping on her book bag and at one time tossing the bag to the back of the bus. Corley said she's waiting to see the bus video of the Dec. 4 incident. She said she thinks the bus driver should be removed because he allowed it to happen. Corley said her daughter is very loving and didn't even fight back against the abuse. The little girl told Monroe County deputy Tyler Rodgers that her as- sailants sat on her, slapped her, scratched her and poked her butt. She said she was scared of them and so didn't tell the driver until she got off the bus. Rodgers reported the little girl had cuts under her right eye, left cheek and chin. Gorley said her daughter has suffered from panic at- tacks and nightmares since the incident. She said she's taking her daughter to the CARE Cottage for counsel- ing. School superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman told the Reporter they are taking the situation seriously. "Once administration was aware of incident, we im- mediately started investiga- tion by reviewing bus tapes, starting student discipline process with principals of schools, reviewed incident per personnel protocols, and due to serious nature of incident, involved law enforcement which result- ed in juvenile charges" said Hickman ' 11 processes are continuing." The school board and sheriff's office also said after viewing the video they didn't think the bus driver did anything wrong. Interim district attorney Elizabeth Bobbitt said she didn't know whether she would be able to release the bus video since there are juveniles on the tape.