Faith in Focus

Turchetti: Pastor’s TV show aims to depart from 700 Club model

May 12, 2014 


Christian television isn’t a talk show advertised with faith at the forefront. Bishop Garland O. Heggie, of Oxford, has put his own broadcast spin on his new television show, The G.O. Heggie Show. He founder and senior pastor at Community Fellowship Christian Church, a nondenominational church serving worshipers in North Carolina, including Raleigh and Louisburg, as well as the host of his new show.

While religion and Christianity is the foundation of the program, the faith focus will be understated to the viewers.

“I think that there is a way to share the gospel without trying to force it on people,” said Heggie. “Our show is aimed at the average person, and we want to help them with their daily life challenges.”

The show’s creators plan to cover topics such as fitness, finance and fashion. Heggie says they will have a fashion show each season highlighting local designers and trends. For the fitness segment, Heggie has partnered with Rapid Fitness.

Heggie says that one of the inspirations for the show was Oprah Winfrey.

“Her show was inspirational, informative and empowering. People from all walks of life used it as a resource,” Heggie said. “It also had the entertainment piece with celebrities and experts that we hope to model as well.”

The G.O. Heggie Show began in late March and airs at 7:30 a.m. each Monday on the CW22. Heggie expects that the show will move from a weekly show to a daily show in the next three months. While it is currently only showing in the Raleigh market, he hopes that more stations will pick up the show in the near future as well.

Heggie is using his experience working with people during his 18 years in the ministry to cover topics that he believes really matter. His experience both as a single man and working with other singles, was the inspiration for an upcoming dating show with nationally recognized matchmaker Paul C. Brunson.

“We want to create a platform where people can come to get information that can help them and inspire them to the best that they can be. I think that’s what ministry is all about,” Heggie said.

Pasta with a Purpose

Spaghetti is on the menu this Sunday night at a dinner fundraiser for youth activities and ministries of Windborne United Methodist Church. The meal begins at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the church office at 919-386-0212. A family of six or fewer eats for as low as $22. Windborne is located at 9121 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

Inclusive service

The SHiNE service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church takes place this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. SHiNE is an inclusive and interactive worship service for children and adults of all needs and abilities. Organizers say SHiNE is perfect for families who feel uncomfortable in a traditional worship setting. Good Shepherd Lutheran is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road. For more information about the worship service please call Cindy Davis at 919-624-0023 or email

Sweet Sounds

The Music Ministry of Saint Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church is presenting a concert Friday night by the Silver Fantasy Flute Ensemble. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the church at 5801 Falls of Neuse Road. The concert is free but donations will be accepted.

Carla Turchetti compiles the Faith in Focus feature. Contact her with news of your faith community’s events at least two weeks prior to the event date via email at carla.turchetti.writer

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