On Friday, Independence Day, July 4, 2014, Bishop Harold Ivory Williams Sr., the beloved husband of Pastor Shirley Caesar went home to be with the Lord. Bishop Williams is the Bishop Emeritus of the Mt Calvary Holy Churches of America. (more…)
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On Sunday, June 29th Pastor Donnie McClurkin will join the New Christ Memorial Church family celebrating the birthday of Gospel Music Legend Pastor Andrae Crouch. Crouch shares a July 1st birthday with his twin sister, Pastor Sandra Crouch. The multiple Grammy award winner has endured several medical challenges over the past couple of months and GOSPELflava joins others across the country praying for his healing and restoration.
I’ve often wondered where anointed people come from. How do great musicians, preachers and singers gain entrance into the earth realm? I’ve come to realize that great people are not made, great people are BORN. Melvin Crispell was not a product of a privileged childhood or pristine educational process; Melvin was just Born (more…)
While remembered for his work with A-list artists such as James Hall, Tye Tribbett and Hezekiah Walker, Melvin Crispell was involved in dozens of independent projects, many of which we have reviewed and listed below:
Friday, May 30th
Visitation: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Celebration Service 7:00 pm
First Church of Love, Faith and Deliverance
3101 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, May 31st
Visitation: 9:00 am – 11:00am
Homegoing Service 11:00am
Deliverance Evangelical Church
2001 Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Once again, GOSPELflava joins others across the country saddened by news of the passing of Pastor Rosie Wallace of Philadelphia, Pa. An outstanding singer, songwriter and evangelist, Pastor Wallace recorded several albums (many with her First Church of Love, Faith and Deliverance Choir) for Savoy Records and made an indelible imprint on Gospel music with her compositions God Cares, Wake Up in Glory, Take it to the Lord in Prayer and several others. Funeral arrangements are pending.
GOSPELflava joins others across the globe mourning the passing of gospel music trailblazer Dr. Helen JH Stephens Amongst her many contributions are the organization of the “The Voices of Christ” of Berkeley, California which recorded for the Savoy record label. Dr. Stephens traveled nationally with the late Rev. James Cleveland, and is most notably known as the organizer and long-serving Chapter Representative of the Northern California Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), officially retiring in 2013. At the time of her passing, Lady Stephens remained an Emeritus member of the GMWA National Board of Directors.
The life and legacy of Dr. Helen JH Stephens will be celebrated in words and music as she lived. Arrangements are as follows:
Visitation – Monday, May 12, 2014-10am-5pm
Visitation – Tuesday, May 13, 2014-10am-3pm
CP Bannon Mortuary-6800 International Blvd, Oakland,CA
Musical Celebration, Tuesday May 13, 2014,Time 6pm-8pm
Love Center Ministries-10440 International Blvd, Oakland,CA
HomeGoing Celebration, Wednesday May 14,2014@ 10am
Beebe Memorial Cathedral 3900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
GOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of noted songwriter, music minister and Houston native Dr. Theola Booker. Dr. Booker served for 45 years as minister of music at the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Houston, where her husband served as pastor, recording several projects including“I’m An Heir” and “God’s Been Good” recorded by the Greater St. Matthew Mass Choir and Theola Booker and Friends with the Greater St. Matthew Choir. Dr Booker was an integral part of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, having served as Assistant Chapter Representative for the Houston Chapter of the GMWA. (more…)
Answering a Divine appointment, Gospel singer/songwriter and traveling evangelist Marvin L Winans gathered 8 members in the basement of his home for what would be the organization and founding of the Perfecting Church. A modest total of 13 people would gather for the first service held on May 27, 1989. Some 25 years later, Perfecting Church stands as a house of worship serving over 5,000 members with its 30 ministries that address the needs of the total man, including the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, the Perfecting Community Care Center, the Amelia Agnes Transitional Home for Women, and the Jenesta McCraw Youth Activity Center. Bishop Winans and the Perfecting Church family are gearing up for a weekend celebration during the month of May. Perfecting Church’s global outreach is felt via its Perfecting Fellowship International with churches in the US as well as in London and South Africa.
And what would a church be without music?????? The music ministry of Perfecting Church was celebrated in two CD’s, Marvin Winans and the Perfected Praise Choir Introducing Perfected Praise (1992) and Marvin Winans and Perfected Praise Choir Friends (2001).
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Visitation 11am to 12noon
Homegoing Celebration Noon to 1pm
Hopewell Baptist Church
280 Windsor Ave, Windsor, CT
GOSPELflava joins those around the country praying for the family during their time of bereavement.