By Maya Pottiger
Jay Offer received the Leon H. White Clergy Memorial Award at this year’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie on January 21. The breakfast is sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College.
“That’s still sinking in. I’m blown away,” Offer said. “What it’s saying is, in my work as a pastor, I’ve made a difference in Anne Arundel County while embodying the principles and the legacy of Dr. King.”
Offer works in many roles across Anne Arundel County: community ambassador at Chesapeake High School, pastor at Harvest Crusade Ministries, general secretary of Empowering Believers Apostolic International Network, president of the Black Officers’ Association of Maryland Natural Resources Police, and as a member of the county executive’s transition team. In addition to his work in the county, Offer is also a U.S. Army veteran and NAACP subscribing life member.
Recently, Offer organized Souls to the Polls, which transported voters to the polls on Election Day. This school year, he helped establish a food pantry at Chesapeake High School through Caring Cupboard LLC.
“My most proud achievement is just being able to come to the table where issues for Anne Arundel County are being discussed, to be a voice for people that don’t know how to get to the table or otherwise feel like they have no voice,” Offer said.
The Leon H. White Clergy Memorial Award is decided by the United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County. Apostle Larry Thomas Sr., a mentor to Offer and president of UBC, called to give Offer the news.
The two partnered to build an organization called Empowering Believers Apostolic International Network. The organization now reaches the United States, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.
“I’ve told people that I mentor and I’m training, I tell them, ‘When you want to make a difference, you’ve got to put on your servant hat, and don’t look for a reward. Just get up every morning, start your day with a purpose, and your purpose should impact somebody’s life. If you do that, one day, that which you have sown is going to come back to you,’” Offer said.
Offer attended the memorial breakfast with his wife and daughter. “I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve anywhere and anyway I can,” Offer said.
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