Riley Manning


Hello! I'm Riley Manning, Religion editor here at the Journal. I graduated from Millsaps in 2011 with a degree in English and a bad habit of correcting other people's grammar. My favorite places to be are on the beach with a book or in a hay field at sun down.

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – On Saturday, The Orchard will host its first ever “Mud Stumper” event – a race through several obstacles designed to be as fun as it is dirty. The course will cover 1.25 miles and will include walls, mud mountains, tire fields and technical bridges. The race will begin […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – After 21 months of an empty pulpit, First Baptist Church in Tupelo will welcome a new pastor, the Rev. Matt Powell. Powell, 32, preached at First Baptist April 23, after which the congregation voted on whether to offer Powell the position of senior pastor. First Baptist associate minister […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In just under a year, the Salvation Army has raised the funds and begun construction on its new homeless lodge. Salvation Army Majors Jeffrey and Linda Daniel, along with the rest of the capital campaign steering committee, broke ground on the project Monday morning. “I cannot wait,” said […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The long road into a new home is finally complete for First Christian Church in Tupelo. After a tornado flattened the church in 2014, the congregation gathered Sunday afternoon to dedicate its new facilities. “Happiness doesn’t even begin to describe this feeling,” said First Christian’s pastor the Rev. […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal At the end of the 18th century, Methodist ministers in the American South were not far off from the cowboys of the wild west. By the time the Mississippi Territory became part of the United States in 1798, the Catholic missionaries had returned to France and Spain. The number of […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – On Saturday, members of the community will gear up for a 22-mile “ruck,” or “hike,” through Tupelo to call attention to the epidemic of veteran suicide in the United States. Each day, 22 veterans commit suicide on average, amounting to more than 8,000 lost soldiers each year. The […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Despite the relative newness of the “mega church” phenomenon, congregations numbering more than 2,000 are nothing new. In the 1950’s, worship attendance at the Akron Baptist Temple in Akron, Ohio, regularly numbered more than 4,000. Even earlier, in 1928, First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas, claimed a Sunday school […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – After this Sunday’s service at Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Tupelo, some congregants will stick around not for food, but for possible employment. The church will hold a job fair with managers from local McDonald’s, Wendy’s Walgreens, Toyota, Wilbert Vault Co., and more. “They’ll have booths […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal When Jones County native Richard Clark and his family packed up and left the United States to serve as Southern Baptist missionaries in 2008, they thought they’d spend the rest of their careers in the field. But their plans were cut short when last year the Southern Baptist Convention’s International […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – An event sponsored by the Tupelo branch of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), will seek to “Give Hate a Holiday” on Thursday. Tupelo resident Rex Wilgus said this will be PFLAG’s third year staging the “Give Hate a Holiday” event. “It’s just an […]