first_imgRev. Payne’s Starts Petition Calling For THE Resignation of Missy Mosby as President of City CouncilWilliam “Pooh” Payne grew up in Memorial Baptist Church. His father was the Pastor there, and young William planned to follow the path into the ministry. There was, however, to be an unplanned detour on the journey he had planned. He wound up serving time in a federal prison on his way to ministering to his community. He spent much of his young adulthood behind bars contemplating how he would serve the Lord once he gained his freedom. He affiliated with Broken Chainz Ministries and prepared himself to return to Evansville to serve the community.Bill returned here in 2015 and has been busy making life better for young people on the south side. He wasted no time teaming up with his sister Phyllis Reed and friends “ID” Davis and LaKalver Butler to start the B.O.S.S. Prep Academy. B.O.S.S. is an acronym for “Brothers Out Saving Souls.” He offers regular “edu-tainment” events to any young people who want to attend. Family Movie Nights and open gym events, and midnight basketball are held at Zion Church on South Governor. Saturdays offer T-ball and baseball at Bellemeade Park..Rev. Payne’s face lights up when he talks about the vision he has for the future of B.O.S.S. Academy. Tutoring has started at Zion, but he is looking to start a GED program, and working with youth to find employment in order to help them stay out of trouble and in school. A re-entry program to help those who have been in trouble return home and lead productive lives is also planned. A school to prepare children from at-risk homes to achieve and excel educationally is the ultimate goal of B.O.S.S. Prep Academy. He’s still a young man of 42, with great faith, energy, and determination,so we expect to see it happen.With all of this going on in his life, no one could fault Brother Bill for passing up involvement in the recent Free Speech dust-up at City Council. He saw the potentially negative effect on public participation in government that the ordinance had, he did his homework on the subject, and created a petition calling for the resignation of Missy Mosby as President of City Council through on Facebook. Set on being an example of community activism for the youth of B.O.S.S. Prep Academy, he was one of several people who contacted citizens to go and speak to Council, and did so himself. Though he is quick to point out that he is NOT political, Rev. Payne said that this is not a partisan matter, but a matter of right versus wrong.ATTACHED BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE PETITION CALLING FOR THE RESIGNATION OF MISSY MOSBY LinkEmailSharelast_img read more