Rural Leader Magazine September/October 2015 - Page 41

Risings Stars in Rural America Above and Beyond Shelley, Cont'd from page 39 former President Jimmy Carter, and annually sings with Early Clover of the Legendary group “The Coasters.” She also auditioned for season one of Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Sunday Best in Atlanta. Kourtney was so good that she made the final round with celebrity judges. She ranked among the top 35 out 1500.   Kourtney enjoys employing her gift to draw others to Christ. She is currently, the worship leader at her home place of worship, Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Americus. She is also a youth worship leader, youth choir director, and AWANA (Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed) Teacher.   In 2014, Kourtney became of the founder and chief executive officer MUTT is a reverse evangelism acronym that means “Made Uniquely Through Trials.” is a ministry designed to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a practical and relatable way.   Kourtney is also pursuing her music. In the spring 2015, she debut her album entitled, Discover Jesus.” She is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in Christian Ministry with a focus in Worship from Liberty University. In the future, she aspires to continue the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the nation and abroad. She also desires to create programs that will engage young people and to build programs to provide temporary housing for the homeless, assist in training programs, and job placement assistance through workshops.   Kourtney currently resides in Warner Robins, Georgia with her husband Antonio and son Franklin—. Congratulations 2015 Rural Leader Forty under 40 Honorees from Dr. Kuanita E. Murphy Publisher and Editor What you do matters. Name: Edmund Tramaine Solomon Age: 34 Hometown: Lineville, Alabama Profession: Ministry/Political Activist   Edmund Tramaine Solomon is the son of Edmund and Gwendolyn Johnson Solomon, and he is making a positive impact in and around the rural communities of East Alabama. Edmund is a dynamic minister and preacher who serves as Senior Pastor of the Springhill Baptist Church in Lineville, AL. Many credit Edmund for leading and fostering an environment within the church as a Place of Hope in the community. Service is a way of life for Edmund, for he enjoys serving others and traveling extensively to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.   He is very hands on and believes in collaboration