© MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Bednarsky Jr. was a high-ranking member of the KKK in South Jersey. After letting go of hate, he’s now a security chief, chaplain, and volunteer at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Millville, Cumberland County. A giant of a man sat quietly on a folding chair by the door of a soup kitchen, trying to go unnoticed, rubbing a small tattoo on his hand.
People filed into the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Millville with a “Hey, Joe” before heading off to the spaghetti and meatballs, and Joe Bednarsky Jr. smiled and said hello with a mastiff’s timbre he couldn’t hide.
Mostly, his blue eyes followed the pastor serving food, but when Bednarsky stood to hug a man struggling with depression, his 6-foot-6-inch, 330-pound frame made him look like a marble pillar.
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