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Marvin Winans: Pastor wants his carjacking to be catalyst for change in city


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 days after he was robbed and carjacked outside a Detroit gas station, the Rev. Marvin Winans stepped to his pulpit 

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 amid cheers and applause.

 

The 54-year-old pastor and renowned gospel musician told the crowd that packed Perfecting Church on Sunday that he was never afraid during the assault.

 

Nor is he bitter.

 

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 said, “I’m sad.”

 

Sad, he said, because young men have lost their direction, and instead prey on their community.

 

Speaking to reporters before the church service — an injured finger still bandaged on his left hand — Winans said he would reach out to his assailants, who later that day were to be charged in court.

 

And he called on the city’s young men, fathers, business owners and others to take personal responsibility. Young men need to see their self-worth and their role in the larger community, he said.

 

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 with the men of the city, in particular the black men,” he told reporters. “And I … want to urge all of you men who hear me to go and get your sons. I’m not bitter. I’m not upset. I’m saddened by what has taken place. But I’m also inspired. We have to make a change in this city.”

 

Winans said he was a random victim — rather than being targeted because of who he is. In February, the prominent pastor offered a eulogy for Whitney Houston. And his newest recording “Let the Church Say Amen,” is a top gospel pick, according to Billboard.com.

 

Montoya Givens and Christopher Moorehead, both 20 and of Detroit, and Brian K. Young, 18, of Clinton Township were arraigned Sunday in Detroit’s 36th District Court on charges of carjacking, conspiracy to carjack, unarmed robbery and conspiracy to rob not armed.

 

Each was ordered held on a $200,000 bond. They face up to life in prison if convicted. A preliminary examination is scheduled for June 1.

 

On his way to meet with a Toledo pastor Wednesday, Winans had pulled into the Citgo station on Davison and Linwood around 3:30 p.m.

 

As he recalled the details Sunday, the congregation was quiet, with parents hushing children. Several shook their heads, frowning.

 

Winans said knew something was wrong as soon as he 

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 walked into the station: “When I opened the door, I said, ‘Uh-oh. This is not good.’ “

 

Inside, 10 to 12 young men loitered and the attendant “look frightened,” the pastor said.

 

“Everything but them (the men) was behind bulletproof glass,” he said.

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