By Kia Croom
More than 200 family, friends and congregation members of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church honored Pastor James Ray Spearman with a surprise party in celebration of his 70th birthday. The party took place Sunday, March 4 in the church hall. Rev. Spearman said he was amazed o many people managed to keep the party a secret. “My actual birth date is February 28, and on my birthday, my wife and I along with my brother and sister-in-law went to breakfast,” he said. “I couldn’t believe my family and the whole church got together and pulled that off.” Pastor Spearman said he was grateful to celebrate the day surrounded by family members and dearest friends, some of whom he has known for as many as 63 years. Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church is located at 831 S. 23rd St. in Richmond.