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The Dabney’s – Christians & Scholars


These days more than ever education is a necessity. Rev. Larry Dabney is someone who has gone to school and gotten that necessary education.


He said that he started out 38 years ago going to Community College of Philadelphia. That knowledge was not enough for him. He was determined to further that knowledge and not give up. Recently, he saw the fruition of his eforts when he received a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry at the age of 60 from Chesapeake Bible College Philadelphia Campus.


Dabney said, “I am very happy I graduated.’ The race is not given to the swift or the battle to the strong, but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” he said quoting the Bible. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 and Mark 13:13)


His occupation is building engineer with the School District of Philadelphia. “My big dream is to create The Dabney’s: Christians and Scholars jobs for the unemployed through manufacturing solar panels,” he said.


A deacon for 28 years at Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church, he is chairman of the deacon board. Bishop Barry Connelly is pastor. The Lord called Dabney to preach. He is in the prison ministry.




“The H.E.L.P.S ministry “Helping Enjoying Loving People to Salvation through Jesus Christ, is “My biggest accomplishment ” said Dabney. It is located at 57th and Hazel Streets.




He and his wife Evangelist Carmen Dabney are the organizers. H.E.L.P.S is an asset to the community with generous giveaways, free computer classes, joy night, and fellowship. The phone number for H.E.L.P.S is (215) 476-7700.




Carmen Dabney graduated from Chesapeake Bible College with an associate degree in Christian Ministry two years ago and is a former CNA (certified nursing assistant). She was president of the deaconess at Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church. Her goal is to help the children and seniors.




The Dabneys have been richly blessed with 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.




By: Mary Ann Pinkney


Westside Weekly Newspaper