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Former Jeannette restaurant owners open hearts to community through ministry

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

The Rev. Greg Robinson and his wife, the Rev. Cassandra Robinson, of Pearly Gates Ministries are a living testament to their faith and they would like to extend their offers of healing and redemption to their community.

Having been married for almost 20 years, they met after meeting at a non-alcoholic club in Pittsburgh. Cassandra Robinson had grown up in a church environment, but Greg Robinson did not. He'd been delivered overnight according to him, from addictions that included drugs and alcohol in 1992, and they were married in 1994.

In April 1999, Cassandra Robinson was called to the ministry at a revival at Shiloh Baptist Church in Pittsburgh. The decision, she said, was an easy one.

As a result of being called to ministry full time, the couple closed their restaurant, Chef Robinson's in Jeannette, last year.

Greg Robinson was previously the pastor at Zion Hill Church and opened his current ministry four years ago. It focuses on healing and deliverance from both physical and emotional bondage by developing a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Greg and Cassandra Robinson are in the process of cultivating their ministry, Jacob's Ladder, to fruition.

They have utilized its message in the past, as a method of support for those suffering from various addictions, and symbolizes the one-step-at-a-time method of recovery, as well as a ladder to heaven.

It originated after Greg Robinson met a woman whose son, Jacob, died from an overdose.

Having recovered from his own addictions and recognizing the need for family involvement in recovery, he said God put in on his heart, that this is a much-needed ministry not only for person oppressed by addiction, but their family, as well.

It also will encourage fostering healthy boundaries for families, as Greg Robinson recalls is necessary, after his mother refused to provide him access to her home while he struggled with his addictions.

The couple are especially proud of their four children. Kenyata, 32, lives in Georgia and is a stay-at-home mom of her three children. Malika will celebrate her 30th birthday this month and is employed in the nursing field. Krystal lives in California and is involved in musical theater and has traveled in the past with Sesame Street Live.

Greg Robinson Jr., 24, works in Beaver Falls. All in all, the Robinsons have six grandchildren.

Greg Robinson still enjoys cooking. His Roadside Barbecue is set up on the grounds of North Hempfield VFD on Route 66 in Greensburg from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

Cassandra Robinson utilizes her time in full-time service to the church and, in the past, has served in other churches as choir director, Sunday school and Bible study teacher, and treasurer.

The couple's church is located at 509 Mill St. in Jeannette, across from Charles Graham Park on South Sixth Street playground and basketball court. They offer a Bible study every Wednesday at 7 p.m., and Sunday service at 10 a.m.

In addition, they offer outreaches in the community. They are enthusiastic about their faith and are eager to share gifts of healing and deliverance.

Come and see how church can be a place of enjoyment and revival in faith.

Maria Tyger is a contributing writer.