Bishop Billal Parrish, of Egg Harbor Township, has spent almost 40 years serving the independent Shiloh Temple Apostolic Cathedral of Atlantic City.

The Pentecostal minister has been pastor since 2004, and before that he supervised Sunday School and was assistant pastor.

Earlier this month, church members and church Mother Ethel Waiters presented Parrish for ordination as bishop in a ceremony led by Parrish’s boyhood friend Bishop Curtis Bordley, of Dover, Del.

Parrish and Bordley have come a long way since meeting at age 12 while growing up in Egg Harbor Township. They both fell away from attending church at about age 18, said Parrish, 67.

In his late 20s, after a decade of living outside his religion, Parrish found his way back, along with the woman who would be his wife, Mary Waiters. Both began attending Shiloh Temple, where Waiters’ father, Bishop James A. Waiters, was founder and pastor.

Soon after, Parrish and Bordley met again.

“I saw him walking by the side of the road, picked him up and asked where he was going. He said he’s looking for a church and to be saved,” Parrish said. So he invited Bordley to Shiloh, where he was baptized. Later, Bordley went into the ministry.

“I felt if anyone would be the chief consecrator, it would be him,” Parrish said.

Shiloh will hold a Praise in the Park gospel music event, led by Assistant Pastor Willie Jenkins, from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at McClinton Park, New Hampshire and Melrose avenues in Atlantic City. School supplies will be given to students.

E! alum at Atlantic Cape

Atlantic Cape Community College communication professor Keith Forrest, of Collingswood, worked at the E! Entertainment Television network in its infancy, and recently attended the network’s 20th anniversary reunion in Los Angeles, a spokesperson for Atlantic Cape said.

Forrest, co-creator of Atlantic Cape’s communication degree program, worked on the talk show “The Inside Word,” and served as a writer and producer for “E! News Daily” until February 1995, the college said.

Musical to benefit heart-care fund

The Gabriel Project, a Vineland charity founded by former teacher Mark Melamed to provide travel funds for children in need of heart care, is looking for performers for a fundraising production of “Happy Days: The Musical.”

Auditions for ages 14 and older will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Veterans Memorial School, 424 S. Main Road in Vineland. Performances will be held Nov. 15-17, Public Relations Director Rachel Pinkstone-Marx said.

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