Rev. Jeffrey M. McIlwain

KENNEBUNK — The Rev. Jeffrey M. McIlwain, pastor of the North Star AME Zion Church, Newington, New Hampshire, and chaplain of the Cumberland County Jail, will give the keynote talk at this year’s breakfast honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event will take place on the holiday, Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. The church is located at 114 Main St. in Kennebunk.
During his talk, McIlwain will draw on his 22 years of experience at the jail and his concerns about injustice.
The audience will also hear him play bass and sing with the North Star Gospel Jazz Ensemble.
McIlwain entered the ministry in 1992, when he served as associate minister at Green Memorial AME Zion Church in Portland, his home church. He volunteered at the jail for four years before becoming chaplain in 2001.
As chaplain, he oversees 50 religious volunteers and ministers to the needs of the corrections staff as well as the inmates.
A breakfast including quiche, sausage, blueberry buckle, fruit and coffee will be served in the Parish Hall at 9 a.m.
The program will follow at about 9:45 a.m. in the upstairs sanctuary.
Entrance is through the side door of the church, which will open at 8:30 a.m. A chair lift is available.
Tickets for the breakfast and program are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for just the program are $10 for adults, free for students.
Tickets are available online at To pay by check, call 985-1411.


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