Let's Talk Legislation with Representative Christopher R. "Chris" Hart
Tyra is joined by Representative Christopher R. "Chris" Hart a South Carolina Legislator to discuss how we can make a positive impact on our community through legislation. The communities role in lawmaking as well as discussing some of the biggest issues facing state legislators. Tyra and Chris will be joined by Co-Host Pastor Anthony McCallum and LPC Taurus Sanders.
Taurus D. Sanders is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Supervisor Candidate, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and National Certified Counselor. He has experience working in the inpatient, corrections and outpatient (public and private) settings with mental health and addiction issues. Prior to counseling, Taurus began his career in law enforcement as a police officer for over 14 years. Taurus specializes in treating trauma related issues, addiction issues (substance abuse and behavioral), adolescent, male/men’s issues, attachment issues, and anxiety/depression.
Taurus earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Argosy University and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Taurus believes in a holistic approach; mind, body, and spirit that restores and strengthens a being of wholeness. Life’s challenges can create a state of dis-ease where people lose a sense of self thereby creating internal conflict, leading to external issues. Taurus is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization), Havening, and other trauma-informed modalities that can be utilized for a client’s specific needs. He currently works with children 9 and above, adults, couples, and families
Historically, Rev. McCallum was born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul McCallum in Lumberton N.C. and raised in Maxton N.C. At an early age, Rev. McCallum joined the Shallow Baptist Church under the direction of Dr. Edwards, Pastor. As a young person at Shallow Baptist Church Rev. McCallum was an active member of the church. Later he joined the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Laurinburg N.C. under the direction of Pastor, Dr. James C. McClain.
As a family man, Pastor McCallum has been married to the former Angela Holland for 28 years. Under their union, the Lord has blessed them with two children, Tiffany, and Anthony ll and a grandson, Titus.
Academically, Rev. McCallum is a product of the public schools of Maxton, N.C. He graduated from West Pembroke High School.
Upon graduation, higher learning consist of:
Doctor of Divinity ∙ Lake Charles Bible College
Honorary Doctoral ∙ Newburgh Theological Seminary
Master of Ministry ∙ Andersonville Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Ministry ∙ Andersonville Theological Seminary
Divinely, in 1995, Pastor Rev. McCallum was called to the St. John A. Baptist Church, Asheville N.C. During that time he enrolled in the Clinic, Pastoral, and Education (CPE) program at the St. Joseph Hospital there he completed one unit of CPE. At St. John A. Baptist Church, Rev. McCallum started several ministries in addition to church growth. In 1998, he was called to serve as Pastor of the Historic Morris Chapel Baptist Church in Greenwood S.C. At Morris Chapel, Pastor McCallum was instrumental in developing a leadership training and new
membership orientation, orchestrating a professional concert featuring the Georgia Mass Choir, and he is also responsible for overall discipleship growth. On January 1, 2002, Rev. McCallum was elected the Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, College Place in Columbia S.C. At Bethlehem McCallum’s main focus is to manifest Jesus as Lord through the ministry by strengthening, renewing, refreshing and restoring the Body of Christ by developing discipleship by the way of structuring multiple bible study disciplines. As a result, the church body experience substantial growth from 300 – 2,500 members. In both Morris Chapel Baptist Church and Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC) Rev. McCallum established several ministries which consist of but not limited to; annual retreats for singles and couples, ITC program (BBC) , and local and foreign missions. A few of Rev. McCallum’s accomplishments at BBC are as follows:
· Increase discipleship (300 - 2,500 total members to-date)
· Boosted revenue ($900K + within 10 year period)
· Developed twelve (12 ) plus out- reach ministries
· Established five ( 5) bible study ministries
In regards to service beyond the walls of the BBC, Rev. McCallum wholistic ministry includes services rendered in the city, state, and country are as follows;
· City, Columbia Advisory Board of Youth in Richland
· State, South Carolina School of the Deaf and Blind
· Country, United States President Obama Advisory Committee
· Nationally, Preached for the National Baptist Deacons Convention of America Inc.
Philanthropist, affiliations, and awards include and not limited to be as follow:
· Presidential Prayer Advisory Committee
· South Carolina School of Deaf and Blind; Board Member
· Who’s Who of Religion
· Who’s Who of Historical Society
· Gethsemane Association Member
· Advisory Board of Youth First in Richland County
· The Greater United Ministries Board of Directors
· Faith Home Ministry of Directors
· Chairperson of Racial and Ethical Commission
· Lander University Board of Visitors
· Instructor, Interdenominational theological Center (ITC) of Morehouse College Extension
· Richland County Sheriff’s Department Chaplin
· 2005 recipient of the “Living the Legacy” Award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
· 2007 recipient of the S.C. Council of Deliberation Vanguard Community Service Award
· 2007 recipient of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Community Service Award
· 2010 recipient of President’s Volunteer Service Award
· 2019 recipient of the Key to the City from Mayor Steve Benjamin for Outstanding Community Involvement around the City of Columbia
Tyra Little is the Host of Pressure Points Unpacked Podcast, a vision that she received last year on the seventh anniversary of her son’s murder. Upon declaring to the Lord that she would no longer be silent the Lord gave her vision for the podcast.
Tyra has experienced multiple trauma’s in life and she has been determined to see herself as a victor instead of victim. By keeping God first as well as seeking counseling she learned that it’s necessary to examine, and process life issues from a emotional, spiritual, mental and physical level.
On her journey to healing she discovered part of her purpose is to share her continued healing process in hopes to assist others in their process.