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Marcus Barksdale’s Neighborhood Christian Center Experience

Updated: Mar 23, 2021


We are incredibly grateful to be a part of the work God does in our youth! We want to take a moment to highlight one of our former students that was a part of our after school programs at our Neighborhood Christian Center.


Marcus Barksdale, at the age of 22, is currently a Research Civil Engineer for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center. We had an opportunity to talk to him about the role that the Neighborhood Christian Center played in his life, and where he is at today.




What years were you a part of our programs?


“My name is Marcus Barksdale, and I attended the Neighborhood Christian Center from third through seventh grade when I was a youth. The Neighborhood Christian Center is an educational program built upon the foundation of Christianity and Education.”


What have you been taught spiritually through Mission First?


“I remember clear as day when we would have daily devotions in the morning filled with

multiple songs of praise, scripture reading, and powerful and inspirational messages from

ministers from various places—truly motivational. In my opinion, the morning devotions were