He was the mayor of Detroit and he’s coming home. Now living in Atlanta, Kilpatrick is scheduled to take the pulpit Sunday at the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. He also plans to remarry and study for the ministry, according to an interview he gave to Deadline Detroit.
Kilpatrick, 51, served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for corruption crimes before being released from federal prison in January by former President Donald Trump, who commuted his sentence.
Kilpatrick will preach during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church at 9000 Woodward. The Rev. James Holley, the senior pastor of Little Rock for past 43 years, said Tuesday that the ex-mayor will deliver a message of hope and second chances.
Kilpatrick isn’t yet ordained but does have a story about redemption, forgiveness and prison reform that he will preach about Sunday. Historic Little Rock is one of two churches where he is expected to preach.
“… it’s going to be my hometown debut,” Kilpatrick told Deadline Detroit for a story published Tuesday. “This is the first time that I’ve done anything public since getting out of prison.”
The church will be open to the public. Its capacity is 1,400 but Holley said he is limiting attendance to 800 for Kilpatrick’s appearance
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