Nevels Temple C.O.G.I.C. is honoring Bishop Emmitt L. Nevels Sr. for his 80th birthday at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mahoning Country Club, 710 E. Liberty St.
For tickets or to send cards call Venice Andrews at 330-272-8739 or Diane Williams at 330-782-3682.
Nevels was born April 5, 1934, in Alabama and graduated from The Rayen School in 1952.
He is celebrating 53 years of marriage to Frances Nevels and has five children: national gospel recording artists the Nevels Sisters and recording artist Emmitt Nevels Jr.
He has 10 grandchildren.
He worked for General Motors for more than 10 years before entering the ministry full time.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in theology and a commendation from the International Seminary in April of 1992. He also studied accounting and religious studies at Youngstown State University.
He served on the administrative staffs of Bishop R.S. Fields and Bishop W.E. Miller.
Nevels founded Nevels Temple in Youngstown in 1974 and New Beginnings Church in Kent in 1990.
As an entrepreneur he started Nevels Temple Hair and Nail Salon, Coney Island Restaurant, Nevels Temple Car Wash, and Nevels Temple Computer Training Center. He also was a partner in housing for YSU students and served as a diversity advisory committee board member at YSU.
Nevels has served as Ohio Central Jurisdiction administrative assistant, superintendent, pastor and jurisdictional auxiliary president.
He is the pastor of two churches and has served the states of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky as tri-state regional evangelistic president.
Some of the commendations he has acquired include: the Ohio House of Representatives 118th General Assembly Service in Ministry, a community service proclamation from Youngstown City Mayor George McKelvey in 1990, a community service proclamation from Columbus Mayor Dana Rinehart in 1990, a Superintendent Emmitt Nevels Day Proclamation from Youngstown Mayor Patrick Ungaro in 1987, and a certificate of appreciation from Cleveland in 1987. He is listed in the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who in the 2007-2008 edition.