BY CHELSEA BURNETTThe Wilson PostBelita McMurry-Fite, founder and pastor of Heaven’s View Baptist Church in Lebanon, was recently honored with being deemed a Bishop at the 2nd Annual Church Empowerment Conference. The consecration ceremony took place on June 8 in Niceville, Fla. McMurry-Fite served as a bishop-elect from Tennessee and journeyed to Florida along with her family to partake in the ceremonial festivities. She was alongside another bishop-elect during the rite of passage which consisted of a consecration message delivered by Archbishop Ruth W. SmithHolmes who presides over Light of the World Christian Tabernacle International. Bishop T.P. Johnson Sr. of New Life Christian Ministries Interdenominational International Association hosted the event.McMurry-Fite has always had a passion for community and serving her fellow man. “I’ve always been a community person,” she said. McMurry-Fite’s family remains steadfastly at her side. Her mother, Elder Rosie Hasting, is an associate minister of Heaven’s View. “She plays a great big part of this ministry,” McMurry-Fite noted. Her daughter Suketta also participates on the church’s Praise Dancers team. Her other two children, Alex and Romel, also play key roles in the ongoing success of the church. Her husband of 13 years, Deacon Edward Fite, serves as one of Heaven’s View’s Leading Gentleman as well. Along with her religious accomplishments, McMurry-Fite holds an impressive list of public service honors. She presently serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Revitalization Task Force Committee which aims to survey the needs of housing in the Wilson County area and to evaluate the necessary improvements. She also serves on the Church Relations Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County. Her goal of working with Habitat for Humanity is to “assess ways in which we can improve and contribute as churches to the community.”She has also been inducted into the Who’s Who of Cambridge Professional and Business Directory. For the past three years she has been serving as the President of the Lebanon Ministerial Alliance. She is the first female to hold this position. She also served as the First Vice President of the NAACP for nine years. McMurry-Fite is recording her next gospel CD in Nashville, which will be dedicated to her daughter Suketta who is battling a rare blood disorder. In March, McMurry-Fite was awarded with the Top Ladies of Distinction award for African American Women in Religion as a Business Professional of the Year. McMurry-Fite’s invites everyone to join her congregation every Sunday at 10 a.m. for Sunday School and at 11 for Morning Worship. Wednesday night’s Bible Study and prayer begin at 6. Heaven’s View Baptist Church is located at 310 Coles Ferry Pike in Lebanon. For further information, contact the church directly at 449-3689. The Annual Pre-Pastoral Anniversary Banquet on Saturday, July 17, will honor her and her husband. Everyone is invited to attend. The event will be held at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds in the Veterans Building at 6 p.m. Ticket cost for adults is $25, children 6-17 is $12.50, and children age 5 and under get in free. For further information regarding the event, call 477-6170. Staff Writer Chelsea Burnett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.