Rev. Cleveland answers call with catch in his voice
GREENSBORO — Odell Cleveland cried Monday.
He walked into the Welfare Reform Liaison Project — the nonprofit he created 16 years ago from a piece of paper — and told his staff he was leaving because he was accepting a big-time job with his longtime church, Mount Zion Baptist. He’s needed there. His retired senior pastor told him as much. The new senior pastor did, too. In six weeks, Cleveland will become the church’s chief administration officer, the No. 2 position. He’s the senior pastor’s right arm. He takes on the daily responsibilities of a church with 5,000 members. It’s the church that gave him his start. Mount Zion is one of the largest on the East Coast. Still, that doesn’t make it any easier for Cleveland.
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