Chances are, Bishop Ingo Beard started planning meetings a little earlier than you did. Beard began when he was a junior — in high school. Beard's pastor at the time, O.T. Jones Jr., charged his Church of God in Christ flock with organizing an off-site meeting for its young people. It was 1976 and Beard — age 17 — and a friend went looking for a place to have what Jones called “The Dating Game for Young Christians.” It was an eye-opening experience in more than one regard. “We contracted ...

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