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Providing a connection for believers of Jesus Christ to learn, teach and grow.

What We Believe

We are a nondenominational, faith-based body of believers who acknowledge, accept, and apply the uncompromised Word of God. We believe God is our covering, Jesus Christ is our Shepherd and our only pastor.  Holy Spirit is our teacher who teaches us all things, guides us, and discerns the hearts of men for us.  We have a kingdom mind-set, therefore we live by letting God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We know that Jesus Christ is the word, therefore we live what we receive from the Father by way of the Spirit and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

The Meeting Place's Vision is to assist in building up believers to follow the word in every area of their lives, removing man’s ways, allowing them to think, act, feel, and believe according to the Holy Spirit’s leading. The atmosphere is created to propel believers to become relational with the Father, Redeemer and Teacher. Thereby releasing liberty in God’s people to lead their lives with totality as the Master is directing; dying to self and living in God.

 
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Meet the Moderators

James J. Young was born May 26, 1969, in New Orleans, La.  His knowledge of systematic religion covers a span of 40 years of his life.  With this knowledge, his pursuit of systematic religion came with great zeal.  Like most people, Young grew content looking like a Christian and not being one.  Something was missing.  He continued to do what he wanted, whenever, and, however.  James started preaching at the age of four.  Obviously, he could move people in such a way that it would gain him friends and foes.

As a youth, James became more and more fascinated with all things God!  At age eight, James would walk several miles just to attend church services.  His craving for church is where he found peace.  Even with the presence of a gift, it seems trouble always followed him.  As life at home got worse James sought more God for more peace.  The attendance of both Catholic and Baptist services began.  Along with this choice came criticism, but he never stops going to church.  While moving away from the Baptist and closer to the Catholics. Upon doing so James would find a lifesaving person; a Catholic priest.  During this time, James would accompany the priest all over town and assist him with religious and civic functions.  As James headed towards puberty, he sought people his own age, but he just couldn’t shake the thought of God.  Young, his mother and siblings would relocate to their hometown of New Orleans after escaping years of abuse at the hands of his stepfather.   What little family structure known is now gone, James began to find his own way.  This attempt is made without him leaving the church, after all, it is what he loved.

A life of promiscuity was soon to follow.  James began drinking and using drugs at the age of fifteen.  As he continued to cling to the familiar, James never left church.  He was broken and sought to be whole.  Life would go from bad to worse, with persuasion and under the influence of friends and family, he began to sell drugs.  Here he was a good guy, in a bad game, which was no place for him.  Thus, his thirty-year addiction to drugs and alcohol would come full circle.  Bad decisions were a way of life and he truly made many.  During which, he would be shot three times and things were now worse.   But twenty-five years later James would meet and marry the most influential person ever in his life.  His wife, your Lead Moderator, Addreine.  But not knowing what love is and how to love, James use and tests the limits of love.  They would separate at least four times.  God would now use James’ unfaithfulness to awake a sleeping giant.  Addreine would become closer to God as James moved closer to the world.  

In the fall of 2012, The Meeting Place at SpringHill was founded by the couple.  James would continue to hit and miss, while Addreine became sure and sound to God.  Her faith and unyielding commitment and obedience would help James to become drug free and drama free with God. Today, as The Moderators of The Meeting Place Ministry, God is using them to impact any that will listen. “I can honestly tell you that she’s no nonsense and she’s not going to waiver for you, me or anybody.  She is truly a God girl!” says James. The Youngs have two children, Octavion, Maiya and Shelby their daughter in law and they love their Meeting Place Family.

Lead Moderator Addreine Sanders Young is the wife of Head Moderator James J. Young, Jr. and the mother of 2. She has been in ministry since before the inception of The Meeting Place. Young has known for most of her life that she was commissioned by God to do a work for Him. Not yielding to the voice of God she ran for several years. In 2002, through a prophesy given to her by the now deceased Pastor Roger Cox. He told her three things: 1) she would marry a minister, 2) she will teach, and 3) she would do great things for God. In the attempt to get closer to God she found herself far from close. Within a couple of years she was at it again, seeking God; 2004 she was faced once again with the prophesy. This time, although she was not looking for God she bumped right into Him. With the struggle between what she willed and what God’s will for her was, there was stil no total surrendering to God.

Young was under good teaching but the anointing of the Holy Spirit was not active in her life. She was still failing at being the type of Christian she read about in the Bible. After meeting her husband and creating an unequally yoked union.  The two married and her ministry began. She realized all that she knew could not help her with the issues she was facing. Her first act in ministry was becoming a Christian, a true Christian, secondly to walk by faith. Due to her bout with her husband’s hidden secrets she quickly established that her relationship with God was essential. She looked to God to give her what was needed to overcome any obstacles. In doing so, she began to tap into the very nature of God. Through dreams, visions, and leadings of Holy Spirit the layout of her life began to unfold. Although, her marriage was barely existing, she held on to hope, faith, and love.  God showed her the ministry she and her husband would birth. Fed up with the back and forth moments with her husband, Young made a choice to leave him. As she began the preparation to do so he came to her and said God told him they were to move back to her hometown, Springhill, La. With no faith in his word she told him if he would do it then she would go; and he did. They made the move in 2011. She felt she had abandoned her career for a word she did not believe.

In the following year by the leading of God Young would go back into her career field as a Cosmetologist. Hope was wailing up in her once again, little did she know that the plan of God was still working. Within 7 months her business was no longer operating as a liability but now a profitable asset. The business out grew the 1000 sq. ft. building, it was time to move to a new location. She not only was about to move her business to a new location 1800 sq. ft. she was about to create a place that God would use to catapult her into position. Her marriage was still shaky, but she had enough proof of God. Now able to stand on Jesus as her solid rock. Instead of focusing on her marriage, Young began ministering to every client she serviced. As she shared her knowledge with others God prompted her to start ministering through a separate venue; closing down the salon for one hour two days a week was the next step. God continued to move and through the influence of Holy Spirit, the couple sought spiritual counseling for what was known as The Meeting Place at Springhill. Young was now in ministry, but unfortunately still not in the place in which God had called her to . Finally in 2015, she became an ordained minister in hopes to be in perfect alignment with God. There was still a void, she sought God, closed down the businesses, and The Meeting Place at Springhill and moved.

While wondering was she running again she allowed God to have full reign over every area of her life without limits. She carried on as people would normally do work, family, and home. The bondage Young felt she was under caused her to seek God's direction; God gave her a word “Now, teach people what I taught you!” In her attempt to do so she found herself continuously hitting a glass ceiling. Now that she was in a place to totally surrender to God it required her to give up everything, job and all He was calling her to trust Him 100%. She began to share what God was giving her with her husband. Young had a vision, it was of her, she saw herself standing in a doorway, she dropped to the floor and died. With great urgency she told her husband she had to quit her job, within approximately two weeks he was doing the same; God had awakened the ministry once again to what is presently The Meeting Place it was reignited and the blaze is still going strong. “We are watching God do amazing things and I wish I would have surrendered totally years ago. God continues to show me that trusting Him is the only way to go,” Young says.

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