On September 17, 2017, Pastor Aakeem Woodard will launch City Reach Lithonia at Mary Mcleod Bethune Middle School. The time of the launch is 10:30 am.
At fifteen Aakeem fell into the trap of gangs and crime, a road that only has two endings (prison or death). His actions at the age of fifteen led him to prison serving a life sentence. Aakeem stated during that time, “my life had no meaning, no hope, no dreams or aspiration”. During his years of incarceration, he accepted Islam, soon becoming one of the youngest Muslim leaders within the Georgia Prison System. Pushing hard against Christians in any way that he could to convert them to Islam or leave Christianity altogether. He had become a modern day Saul. After serving twenty-five years in prison the doors were open. The seed that was planted during his incarceration by one of his former teachers, Ms. Collins, received the water that it needed to grow. When God took Aakeem on his road to Damascus. God placed Aakeem in the presence of Bishop L. Gibbs who didn’t try to share Christ with him through philosophy but through the power of love. The seeds that God planted in Aakeem’s soul every time that he studied the Bible to discredit it started to grow. God’s love, the most powerful tool that God used touched Aakeem’s soul. For the first time in his life, Aakeem started to have a relationship with the father. The words clearly spoken to Aakeem was “You have fought against Me all your life now fight for Me the rest of your life.” Aakeem was later ordained as a Minister and within the same year ordained as an Elder.
He started working as a consultant for The Barton Juvenile Justice Law Clinic and a Sentencing Consultant for Fulton County Public Defender’s Office. While incarcerated Aakeem created a mentor program for young men in prison called Young Men On the Move that he continued after being released. He led many people to Christ with his life story as he Pastored a Church in Conyers Georgia Called Cultivators of God. A place where he has taught many young and adult people on how to see God in the bible in order to see themselves in the Bible. He is a sought-after motivational speaker who works with several schools in Rockdale County with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has helped with the Governors Re-entry board giving hope to families that had given up on seeing a change in their love ones. Arranged for young men who accepted Christ to be given a safe passage out of gangs.
Known for his charismatic energized style of sharing God’s word Aakeem has given a needed spark in our youth and those who could not see themselves being redeemed and restored by the love of God. Aakeem is married to Pamela Woodard whom he calls his “rock”. Together they brought into this world a gift from God their son named Josiah. Aakeem’s life is a clear example that no matter how far you go into the darkness you can never go beyond God’s healing light.
He has done God's work on the streets and inside the prison system for years and is now being blessed to open up his own facility. Hopefully, you can join us!
Bethune Middle School: 5200 Covington Hwy, Decatur, GA 30035
For more information, visit: www.http://lithonia.cityreachchurch.org/