>Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ridgewood offers free English lessons
FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
BY GLORIA GEANNETTE
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
The Rev. Linda Hart Green, senior pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ridgewood, is feeling very blessed these days, and she is working to spread those blessings to the community at large with the English as a Second Language (ESL) program offered free of charge at the church every Thursday night.
Carmen Payrouton, ‘Miss Pat’ Walden, Aleksandra Todorovich and Napoleon Davila socialize a little before class.
The classes started two years ago when a former pastor, the Rev. Dorcas Diaz Shaner, noticed that many of the people attending the Biblical studies sessions she taught in Spanish were struggling to integrate into the local community. They were being held back from any chance at advancement in work or studies by their inability to speak English. The church decided to help them by offering the language classes.