(Extensions of Remarks - October 13, 2011)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1848-E1849]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                          HON. EDOLPHUS TOWNS-

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                       Thursday, October 13, 2011

  Mr. TOWNS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute and to honor Rev. 
Robert Waterman for his leadership as a pastor, doctor,

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proprietor, and activist in Brooklyn and the greater New York State.
  Rev. Waterman is the fifth Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church located 
in Brooklyn, New York. Reverend Waterman has brought many gifts to 
Antioch--the three most notable being his exuberance, a willingness to 
get the job done and spirituality. Rev. Waterman tries to impress on 
people that God desires our praise and worship, and has been labeled 
``The Preacher of Thunder'' by the late Dr. William A. Jones. He 
encourages his congregation to know God so that hearts, and thereby 
lives, can be changed.
  Being born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Hemingway, South 
Carolina, Rev. Waterman is a very ambitious businessman in his spare 
time when not actively operating the church. He fully embodies the 
notion that he truly can do all things through Christ. In his ninth 
year, Rev. Waterman's focus is on moving the church toward building 
God's Kingdom by restoring people, both spiritually and physically. 
Antioch is concerned about the health and spirituality of the 
community. Building the Church, Building the People, and Building the 
Community. Antioch continues on its path, uniting for fellowship and 
following Christ.
  Rev. Waterman is a premier example of an activist. He is a lifetime 
member of the NAACP and serves on Community Board # 3 as the 
Chairperson of the Transportation Committee. Rev. Waterman is a part of 
the Black Brooklyn Empowerment Convention as the Chair of Securing Our 
Institutions Cluster. He serves as the Ecumenical Chair in Brooklyn for 
BLCA, Black Leadership Commission on Aids and is the President of the 
A.A.C.E.O., African American Clergy and Elected Officials Organization 
of Brooklyn.
  Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize Rev. Robert Waterman for his 
excellent leadership of faith based initiatives in Brooklyn and 
commitment to service.