Tim Tooten

Dr. Tim Tooten is holding his annual spring revival next week at Greater New Bethel AME Church.

LIVE OAK — District 1 councilwoman Robintina Reed will receive the annual “Leading By Example” award from Live Oak native Dr. Tim Tooten Sr. this week.

The award is given each year to a Suwannee Countian who exemplifies leadership and determination.

“As the first female and first African-American female councilmember, Reed is evidence of the progress being made both politically and socially in Live Oak,” Tooten told the Democrat.

Robintina Reed

Councilwoman Robintina Reed

Tooten will present the award on Wednesday at the Greater New Bethel AME Church at 7 p.m. Last year, Dr. Tommy Randolph was the first recipient of the award.

This is the seventh year of the annual spring revival organized by Tooten and his late mother, Doris M. Tooten.

“I always look forward to returning to my hometown to share the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Tooten said.

This year’s revival theme is, “Words to live by.”

Tooten is a 1976 graduate of Suwannee High School and a 1980 graduate of Florida State University.

The Live Oak native has spent the past 33 years as a television reporter for WBAL-TV, an NBC affiliate, in Baltimore, Maryland, where he’s assigned to the education beat. In addition to his reporting duties, the Emmy-Award winning journalist is also the Pastor and Founder of Harvest Christian Ministries.

“I am so grateful for the people who poured into my life, from my church, home and community,” Tooten said. “The Bible is full of words and commandments for each of us to live by.”

The three-day Spring Revival is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, starting at 7 p.m. each day at Greater New Bethel AME, located at 530 West St.

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