Andrew McGee: Grow into your Christian faith

Published 12:00 pm Monday, July 25, 2016

Water Valley resident Andrew McGee, 22, was found outside East Providence Baptist Church at Highway 334 in Oxford Sunday afternoon as church services ended.

McGee was getting into his vehicle, but stopped for a chat. He said the Sunday sermon was about growth and maturity.

“You can be baptized today, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to catch the Holy Spirit right away,” he said. “You have to grow into it. You can’t do the same thing you did years ago that you are still doing now.”

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andrew mcgee 3392McGee grew up playing sports. He fondly recalls summer league baseball and playing football and basketball as a child.

He attended Water Valley High School, where he played basketball, football and baseball.

After graduating, McGee said he’s had a few setbacks, but he continues to move forward in life. He’s now a student at Northwest Community College studying business.

He said he’d like to work in the hotel industry.

In the meantime, he is active in his church and leads youth groups.

“Jesus was doing it, so I want to do it too,” he said. “Being a Christian, He wants you to do the right thing at all times, and whenever you can do the right thing, you should.”

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

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