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First Coast Connect

12/08/15: Church Of Eleven22; Leadership Jacksonville; Chef Kenny Gilbert

The Church of Eleven22, a popular Jacksonville church in the Intracoastal area, is one of the fastest growing congregations in the country, drawing young worshippers attracted to its positive message and dynamic pastor.

A recent investigation in Folio Weekly finds some former members raising concerns about the church. In particular, there are allegations that members are pressured to deny their sexual orientation after Eleven22 releaseda video earlier this year of a member discussing the church's impact on her homosexuality.

We speak Folio Weekly writer Claire Goforth, former Eleven22 member Laura Stift, and the Reverend Linda Girouex of Riverside United Church of Christ.

Church of Eleven22 pastor Joseph Martin III will join us December 16.

Nominations for the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2017 close December 18. Leadership Jacksonville CEO Jill Langford Dame and nomination chair Broderick Green join us with more.

And we speak with celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert, owner of Gilbert's Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach, about his recent victory on the Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen" and more.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.