GCMA XChange Magazine June 2021

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The Late Doris Turner was one of the most influential woman in my life and ministry! Doris Turner was a force of nature, born on July 26,1943 in Martinsville, Virginia. As an orphan, she was adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Rutledge who owned a funeral home in Statesville, North Carolina. At the age of 4, she loved the piano, begin to take piano lessons. As A Self-taught organist at the age of 14, Doris began playing for St. John Baptist Church, Statesville, North Carolina. At the age of 17 years old, Doris graduated from Morningside High School in Statesville, North Carolina as the Homecoming Queen in 1960! At the age of 20 Doris graduated from North Carolina Central University with a degree in Music Education in 1963. Then in 1965 Doris Graduated from The New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts with Masters Of Music in Piano Performance. In 1964, Doris Turner started working for the Wilton Public Schools for the next 10 years. While working as a Teacher and Headmaster, for the next 8 years, She obtained three more Masters; one in Music Education and the others in Masters of Music Administration, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia Teachers College & Columbia University in New York, New York! A woman who left the south, alone, to make a way for herself in a time when the concept of blacks and whites living in harmony was nothing more that “a dream.” And yet, she was one of the first black families to integrate into Shelton Ct, and Simsbury, Ct and later became its’ own “Home Town Hero.” Doris earned a total of 4 Masters Degrees and taught thousands of children in the Simsbury School System, as the Director of Music Education, and later did the same at various Montessori schools in Springfield Massachusetts and Hartford, CT. She lived a life of service to her fellow man- as well as her God mainly through her music and in helping so many people. She began playing music as an organist at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church from 1986 to 2021, as well as both Grace SDA Church and Faith SDA Church in Hartford, CT over the course of over 3 decades, every weekend- with almost no exceptions! Doris Turner was married to the late James Thomas Turner and from that union had the Joy of her life, James Turner Jr. She never saw limitations and she taught me that I could be anything I set my mind to. Doris Turner saw no limits. She never did. And her legacy continues on in each heart that she touched. I was the most privileged in being her friend and being a part of her proud legacy. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12 Rest In Peace My Sister/Mother/Friend,

Bro. Paul H. Cameron Sr.

Danae a.k.a "Princess Nae" and Danye a.k.a. "Yae the Gift" are the 10 year-old twins affectionately known as Little DP. They have a fresh, bold, and energetic sound all their own. The pair have been performing on stage with their parents since the age of two and have now been performing by themselves in various arenas since they were five. Little DP is all about having fun while praising GOD through their music. In doing so, Little DP has been honored with several music award nominations and several opportunities to travel, perform, and share their gifts with the world. These two definitely have double the blessings and double the fun. Their new single, "I Got Blessings", is now available on all digital media store outlets for your dancing and praising pleasure. HTTPS://LITTLEDP.HEARNOW.COM/

The Mobile, Alabama gospel-hip hop, R&B soul, songwriting team, Dannie and Danielle, wedded in harmony almost 14 years ago. With so much in common like being born in the same month and the same state, the duo knew from the start that their kindred spirits and harmonious relationship blended. It was so nice, they did it twice – later welcoming now 10 -year old boy and girl twins Danae (industrious one) and Danye (given by God) to their blissful union. The twins now serve as a dynamic extension of the Divine Purpose Music Group, known affectionately to followers as Little DP. Well-versed in songwriting and prolific in lyrical content, Dannie and Danielle recognized that they shared a common interest that would soon move them in a direction to use their gift of talents beyond marriage. They set their hearts on a mission to live out their "Divine Purpose" through marriage, music, and ministry. Divine Purpose has released a brand new single called "Child of the King". A song to influence the culture. A song purposed to encourage the hearts of fellow believers to gladly proclaim their victory in Christ Jesus! WWW.ITSDIVINEPURPOSEMUSIC.COM

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The Music and Art Annex was established on July 1st 2019. It was founded by Edison Liburd and Joel George. The annex was birthed through a concern shared with the lack of the creative aspect in the education system. Academic institutions pushed critical thinking but the importance of creative thinking did not receive the same attention. Creative thinking encourages students to use their imagination. Blending the two encourages innovation. At the annex we seek to shine the light on the value of creative thinking in order to enhance the whole person. The music and art annex is a music and art school that was established to train and empower musicians and artisans to impact their communities for the greater good. I'm an artist. Art is my passion. I paint for a living as well as to inspire people and it is my belief that art provides balance and therapy for the mind. Our vision for musical instruction is to train musicians for service to enhance our worship services as well as other social functions in their communities. We have observed that the pool of professionals in this area is limited. We took a very innovative approach to teaching music by creating musical scores by using simple melody lines and structures which students could learn in a short time. We offer lessons for piano, violin, and guitar. Painting and drawing is also offered. Aspiring artists are provided with opportunities to use waste materials and turn them into valuable pieces of art. Through these measures we seek to encourage them to find satisfaction in showcasing their work which will inspire one to keep improving and developing. Despite the pandemic we are still here to: "Inspire a generation," which is our slogan. We seek to put life back into our community by encouraging the youth to shine a light on the path so all may desire to keep working towards excellence and ultimately find their purpose in life.

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Apostle Zerlina Webb was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Claremont, Ca. and then moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where she received the gift of the Holy Ghost which has been her inspiration for “CHANGE”. She began her ministry at Calvary Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church, under E. V. Hill the second, that’s where the ministry of outreach began. Apostle Webb has been a team leader of over twenty ministries, but one that became close to her heart was outreach (Matthew 25:40). Working under her younger brother, Apostle Jason Nicholson, she began a life’s journey that has changed her whole view on life. Apostle Webb has traveled internationally to Nigeria, London, and Mexico, in addition to various United States to proclaim the victory for the lost and to encourage those having a difficult time with life. Always sharing that YESHUA is still on the throne and that His love is real. Apostle Webb holds an Associate’s in Science, a Bachelors in Theology, and she is currently working on her Master’s in Theology after having recently graduated from the USC Business program. She has two beautiful sons, Darian and Cordarol, and a wonderful grandson Demetri, who she is hoping will take up the duty of helping those who are in need. Eric Reverence: based in the United Kingdom is a recording artist, worship leader, evangelist, multiple award winning singer, song writer, event organizer and a pioneer of Kingdom works and Networking. He is the co-founder of The Music and Media Platform Awards (TMMP), UK President of Gospel Industry Network (GIN UK), founder of Spontaneous Worship, founder of Pakistan Project and is a Youth Ambassador in the UK. Eric's heart and passion is to spread the Gospel and love of God through his music, produce songs for everyone’s needs, charitable works, create platforms for upcoming artists and musicians, empower and build others especially young people with creative gifts. His career started in 2010 with a first single ‘I Give You My All’ which touched many lives and aired on national and international radio stations and TV networks. In 2014 he released his EP 'I Will Carry On' followed by an international tour in Ghana and the Netherlands. In 2017, His rise to success landed him a record label deal with Nine Fruits Record where he released his single 'I Believe' and received major recognition. Mr. Reverence became a Partner and Patron of Country Style Community Tourism Network/Villages where he worked with Diana McIntyre-Pike (President/Founder & Community Tourism Consultant) to develop the Christian Tourism Market in the Caribbean. In 2018, Eric was appointed the Media and Communications director of Great Commission Society (GCS) and now holds the role as Membership Director. In 2019, Eric and his Copartner hosted one of the biggest events in the UK 'Gospel Explosion Summit- UK meets USA' which received global exposure. In early 2020, Eric organized a successful global charity project called 'The Believe Song' which involved over 60 musical artists across the globe and raised funds for countries who were affected heavily by Covid 19. In May 2020, Eric and co-founders Andrew & Shireen Morrison founded TMMP Awards with the aim to become the biggest Christian award in the UK. Eric has shared stages with international Christian/Gospel artists and global icons including Hillsong, Tim Hughes and Sonnie Badu. He’s toured in the UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Ghana and Latvia. Eric has just released his latest hit single ‘Miracles’ and plans to complete and release his album later this year.

ANDRE ARCHER: Singer/ Songwriter/ Radio & Television Producer, Andre Archer was born and raised in Detroit, MI into a musical family, where everyone sang or played an instrument. Andre grew up singing with his siblings, traveling from church to church. He sang with The Allegros under the Late Rev. Charles Nicks, Jr. and has shared the stage with such gospel giants as James Cleveland, Walter & Edwin Hawkins, Marvin & Vickie Winans. Yet, Andre remains humble and serves as Minister of Music at First United Church. Andre started in radio in1980 at KBYR in Anchorage, AK. Andre can be heard every Sunday afternoon as the host of “Strictly Gospel” on 89.3FM, WHFR. He is the founder of City on Fire Ministries, a nonprofit that reaches out to at-risk youths through the performing arts.

Lady Voncile Belcher: recording artist, songwriter, and radio personality bridging the Traditional Gospel Music genre with her industry expertise and over 40 years and decades of music; she has proven over and over-again, her love for an industry that she serves ever so faithful. Lady Voncile continues to bring her refreshing music and industry knowledge to the forefront of Gospel Music. Holding awards and recognition for her music and her Gospel industry leadership qualities, this multi-award winning artist and radio show host has served the GMWA (Gospel Music Workshop of America) as summit leader, the Georgia Alliance Leader and the Georgia State Representative for “The Movement”. Some of her other Music Awards and accomplishments include her memorable Lead Vocals on the Billboard Charted 1988 recording with the Georgia Mass Choir’s song “Look Where He Brought Me From”, additionally; the Team Unity Leadership Award, Midday Praise Radio Leadership Award, SCM Awards, The Mahalia Jackson Award, Humanitarian Impact Award, Several Rhythm Of Gospel Awards: Traditional Artist for her Christmas Single, Traditional Female Vocalist of the year, Gospel Radio Show of the year, 2016 Rhythm of Gospel Queen, the Queen Forever Club and Most Photogenic Award and is a twice winner of the S&M Awards as the Female Artist Song of the year for the single "Alright", and many many more notable awards. Over the years Lady Voncile has released several albums under her own record label (Glory Bound Records) which consist of her original written songs. Her 2019 album release entitled “From Then To Now” includes some of her greatest recorded songs and currently in 2021, she’s does it yet again, releasing a new single “No Weapon” from the new album “From Then To Now ~ Volume Two” while commemorating her music career of over 40 years as a gospel recording artist, songwriter, radio personality and industry influencer. Lady Voncile’s music is available on all major digital music outlets CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/la dyvoncilebelcher7 iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/alb um/from-then-to-now-best-colle ction-vol-1-remix/1480458759 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y 2WD51D/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_apa_i_oi nHDbDAPPST5 Contact Lady Voncile: Phone: (678) 516-1644 Email: singvoncile@yahoo.com Follow Lady Voncile on Social Media : Facebook: Voncile Belcher Twitter & IG: @LadyVon777

Paul H. Cameron Sr. a 4 th generation Seventh Day Adventist, is a native of Brooklyn, NY and moved to Hartford, CT in 1977. He is a graduate of Rochville University where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Music Education. Bro. Paul has taught vocal/general music since 1998. He has presented his choruses and choirs at various churches and events in the metropolitan area as well as NY, Canada, and Maryland. Bro. Paul taught the accredited gospel choir course at Eastern CT State University from 1998-2013. During his tenure he created United Voices of Praise and Power, a Christian club which is still in existence today. He also taught voice and the Kodaly Method for grades 9 – 12 at The Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts from 2007 to 2015. He previously served as music, physical education, bible, and Pre-K instructor as well as food service manager for Hartford Area SDA School from 2003 – 2016. Bro. Paul currently teaches music and physical education for grades K-8 at Fairfield County SDA School. He is also instructor of music, bible, and health for grades 9-12 at the Christian Academy of Arts, Science, and Technology. In addition to Bro. Paul’s private school duties, he brings with him a rich resume of experience which includes 41 years in Music Ministry. He served in the capacity of Music Teacher, Pianist, Organist, Choral Director, and Minister of Music for several Churches and Ministries. He is currently Min. of Music/ Pianist/Organist at Faith SDA Church in Hartford CT, Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Hartford CT, and Cross Street AME Zion Church in Middletown, CT. Bro. Paul has presented numerous seminars and workshops on Music/Hymn history across several denominations with a focus on the ministry of healing, worship service enhancement, and understanding your purpose. He is happily married to the former Superina White. He is also the father of 6 children and 4 grandchildren. His favorite bible verse is Phil 4:13. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

DR. ARCHIE HARRISON SR: is founder and CEO of BGNTV Networks reaching 125 million viewers worldwide. He is the CEO of Archafella Records in which in a short period of time reached a distribution deal with Universal Music Group and is now branded as Archafella Records/UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP. He is CEO of MEGA-X Products Chemical Company, the first black owned liquid laundry detergent soap company in Raleigh, NC. The company also manufactures hand sanitizers, fabric softeners, bleach, disinfectant sprays and more. He is also co-owner of the Raleigh Blaze Jr Olympic Volleyball Team in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Archie received his Doctorate Degree in Media and Communications from the College of Divinity Studies. He was granted an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanitarianism from Global International Alliance. Dr. Archie is winner of the 2021 Newsome Award “Record Label of The Year” for Archafella Records. He is also recipient to S & M Gospel Indie Awards 2021 “Honorary Network Award” for BGNTV Networks. Dr. Archie is a business consultant, mentor, and coach with over 40 years of experience in the music industry on both the secular and gospel side. In the fall of 2021, he and his team will be launching the Archafella Records Workshop tour to share his expertise with independent artist and those that desire a career in the music industry.

OVERSEER DR. BRADFORD HOWARD JR: a humble man of God, a lover of people and recently a Florida Senior Citizen & 1970 St. Aug. Falcon. As a Songwriter, Artist, Promoter, Media Consultant, Radio Personality, Internet Radio Owner, Writer, and Producer, he has been recognized and received many awards, plaques, and certificates on various award platforms across the country. Doc Howard as he is affectionately known, has received two Legend awards and four Extraordinary Person Awards. He has also received three Lifetime Awards in Ministry, three Media Awards, two Lifetime Music Awards, one TV Award, and a Silver Award in Music. He has also had a Day named after Him in Hartford Ct., Springfield Mass. & one in California. He has also received Awards as a Humanitarian & Advocate, Who assisted many from Our very Diverse Communities from the City of Hartford Ct. & the State of Ct. For more info., He can be reached at e-mail bradgreatgospel@yahoo.com . Doc Lewis born in Gonzales Louisiana, got started in radio at the age of 8 years old with KkXX 104.9FM with Lyall B... in 1975-1985He was a special kid because he was also born brain dead at 5 months only 8 ounce at birth... Doc have Cerebral Palsy and Polio, he spent his childhood life in an out of the Hospital, body Case , and braces on his left leg . Doc Thanks his Mother Sara Joy Banks , Grandmother Albertha Thompson his brothers Vincent, Darrin, Barrie, Jovin , his sisters Chris, Karen, and Mel . BUT GOD He worked with Gospel Connection Radio KHIS 103.9FM 1985-1997 as a Radio Air Personalily, and Account Sales Executive In 1998-2005 TV Personalty with Seattle’s Public Access TV Channel 59 ... 2007-2012 On Air Radio Personality with KIRV 1590 AM & 1212-2021- present On Radio Personalily with KFSR 90.7FM @ Fresno State University California Doc Lewis as travel around the world with his Wife Demetris with the Special Olympics and as a Author, and a Motivational Speaker.. Catch Doc on The radio every Sunday Morning from 6-9am PST KFSR 90.7FM and Facebook Live Show Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Throwback Saturday 7:45-10am PST ! Doc Would Say! I’m Just Glad My Name Is Written In The Book Of Life. www.Facebook.com/ Doc Lewis www.doclewis.mystrikingly.com

Carlton McConnell: founder and CEO of Round The Clock Entertainment, has been actively engaged in promoting the Gospel since(1979) age 14. Promoting events, concerts, stage plays, artists, Christian comedians, comedy shows, red carpet events, producing radio & TV spots for individuals, faith-based organizations & Churches alike. In addition to producing multiple television and radio programs , Mr. McConnell does whatever he can to take the Gospel to all nations. He has been an advocate, strong supporter, and mentor to independent gospel recording artist and other creatives since excepting this calling on his life. Roundtheclock.cm@gmail.com

1. Tell us a little about how you became the Pastor of The Covenant Church? In September 2012, I was ordained by my father and named Pastor of The Covenant Church. I had just graduated earlier that year from Luther Rice Seminary and University in Lithonia, Georgia. My father always believed for to whom much is given, much shall be required, and now that I had completed my education, had a desire to work in ministry, and wanted to help my Dad, I was tasked with the responsibility of ensure that my father’s vision for Covenant and our community became a reality. For the next 8 years until his untimely transition, I served by my father’s side in ministry, listening, watching, and using the opportunities given to me to develop myself into a polished preacher and servant of God’s people. In February of this year, I was officially installed as the Lead Pastor of The Covenant Church by my spiritual father, Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr., Senior Pastor of the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church. On September 12, 2021, I will celebrate 17 Years in Ministry. 2. After experiencing the loss of your father, mentor and Pastor, how do you continue to keep his memory alive? The memory of Bishop Quincy Lavelle Carswell will never die. From a personal aspect, I am named after my father, Quincy Lavelle Carswell, II. My first-born son, Quincy Lavelle Carswell, III, who we affectionately call “Trey” is named after his father and grandfather. The name Quincy Lavelle Carswell will always live on! On the ministerial side, his legacy lives on through the life and ministry of Covenant. My father built the edifice where we gather for worship from the ground up. And though we have made many improvements since his demise, the building is still standing. We have, since his transition, reconstructed our lower suite into a Memorial Library which will be officially dedicated on Sunday, July 4, 2021 after our morning service. Also, in 2024 we will break ground on a brand new building for our community named after our founder and my father, The Bishop Quincy Lavelle Carswell Community Center. Lastly, earlier this year we introduced a scholarship fund in honor of my father. The Eagle Scholarship fund is geared towards providing two collegebound students financial assistance for their first year of college education. 3. Over the past 15 months, this world has seen a new normal due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Churches have had to adopt new ways of thinking when it comes to ministry and reaching people. What innovative ways have you introduced and what has had the most impact on ministry? It is my belief that if you do not pivot, you will be left in the past. In this fast-paced society, I have discovered that the implementation of technology into the church structure is necessary. Though the effects of COVID caught us by surprise, it caused us to switch gears with our presentation of ministry. We had never conducted an online service in the history of Covenant, nor did we know what we needed. After countless meetings and research into what technologies would work for our culture, we immediately began to identify key problem areas to get our services onto the World Wide Web. The purchase of cameras, computers, software, and lighting was just the beginning. Now that we are back into our sanctuary space weekly, we have various of connecting with our congregation that proven to be both effective and essential parts of our ministry. I may get in trouble for saying this, but I am excited about the soon-to-be launch of our very first church app toward the end of this year! 4. What are you reading right now? And what authors live on your bookshelf? I am currently reading several books right now. However, my top three favorites are Just Pray: How A Life of Prayer Grows Unshakable Faith by Pastor John F. Hannah, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy, and the latest from Bishop T. D. Jakes, Don’t Drop The Mic. 5. As a millennial pastor, how do you ensure your “seasoned” members [over 50] are engaged, while still reaching the Generation X, Millennials and GenZ groups? About 45% of our church congregation is over the age of 50. It is my desire to bring them to the awareness that their season has not passed! Many of our seasoned members don’t look, nor act like you would expect a person who is retired, has multiple grandchildren, or receives a Social Security check every month to act or look. They are stylish, full of life, vigorous, and have ideas that are innovative for ministry. Their input regarding our service structure, community involvement, and event planning is strongly valued and utilized. I am excited about our newly formed SALT (Seniors Adults Living Triumphantly) Ministry, where our senior saints will be able to socialize and enjoy various leisure activities. Listen, getting old doesn’t have to be boring!

6. We all need to be held accountable for being a better spouse, a better parent, a better friend, and even a better Pastor. Iron sharpens iron! Who are your accountability partners and why? My chief accountability partner is my wife, Dr. April Carswell. She is always there to remind me that I am made for this. She has made me a better man. My perspective on life has changed because of her. She’s taught me how to use my heart, and not just my head when making decisions. Another accountability partner, who’s referred to more as my boss is my sister, Quinae’. She has always been my protector and biggest supporter, but now she is one of my most valued partners in ministry. Her business acumen and professional prowess has enhanced our church’s organizational arm. Her administrative skills have made pastoring less chaotic. I am blessed to have a spiritual leader in my Pastor, Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr. I have always admired his demand for excellence and ability to execute vision in ministry. His wisdom is definitely otherworldly. Even before my father transitioned, he was a trusted, key influencer in my life and ministry. Lastly, one of my most valued accountability partners is Pastor Vincent Campbell, Senior Pastor of the Faith Center in Tucker, Georgia, who I’ve known since before we both were pastoring. He has been the “big brother” that I’ve never had, but always wanted. His perspective on life has sharpened and reshaped my thinking for the better. I admire what he has allowed God to do in his family and ministry. Plus, this dude is low-key a comedian for real! I am truly grateful for them all. 7. Just like your father, Bishop Quincy Lavelle Carswell, you, Pastor Quin, are known for your fashion sense, so it’s on all our readers minds, who are your favorite designers and brands? You know, Atlanta has some of the best men’s clothing stores in the country. My friends at D&K Suit City have been my source of style for decades. Recently, I’ve been into Tiglio and RossiMan Italian suits. They have a custom feel and quality fabric. My go-to shoes are Mezlan, Saint Laurent and Carrucci. I love classic monochromatic designs that resemble styles from the 1950’s. I love to push the boundaries with bold colors and patterns that exude my confidence and swagger. As far as designers, I really don’t have a favorite, but I’ve always looked to celebrities like Steve Harvey, Cam Newton and Sean Combs for inspiration in style. 8. What does Pastor Q2 love to do in his free time? Pastor Q enjoys being a dad to my two beautiful boys, Quincy Lavelle, III and Wesley Elijah. Whether it’s binge-watching Sesame Street, PJ Masks, building Lego Skyscrapers, or rocking a 1-month-old to sleep, I just love being a dad. I’m also a big car guy. I love automobiles. Whenever I am free, I’ll try to make it to a car show or cruise-in to enjoy the company of other auto enthusiasts and just talk about cars. 9. A pastor is almost always in “on” mode for his congregation and the community. What is your current ministry focus? And what’s next for The Covenant Church? I am currently working on developing and strengthening our presence in our community. I realize that a church apart from the community is not a church, it’s a cult. So, we’ve begun monthly impact initiatives on Glenwood Rd. to make ourselves more visible. We have begun having conversations with community leaders and business owners of the Glenwood/ Belvedere area to address concerns and offer assistance through our network of partnerships with county officials and politicians. As far as what’s next for Covenant, we have so much ahead of us! Our church will be celebrating 28 Years of Growth, Gratitude, and Grace in July. We are currently in the midst of financial thrust to raise funds to secure the start of the first phase of our Community Project that will target Community Enrichment and Philanthropy, Student Scholarships and Youth Programs, as well as strengthening our Church’s Infrastructure. 10. Well, Pastor Quin thank you for taking the time out to talk to us today! Before we leave please give us a word of motivation and encouragement for our readers. In Exodus 13, God sends a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to guide the children of Israel through the desert. In verse 22, it reads, “He did not withdraw the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from going before the people.” In other words, God’s presence never left the people. His appearance may have changed, but his attributes were still the same. His provision and His promises were still intact. Many times, we get caught up on the method, and we miss the move! As your days turn into nights, and your nights turn into days, God would have me remind you that His presence has not abandoned you. He has simply made adjustments to suit your surroundings. He’s still the same Deliverer, He’s still the same Waymaker, He’s still the same God!

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NOT JUST A GIG It’s not a PERFORMANCE but a MINISTRY APPEARANCE When I started my company, Progressive Ministry Management (PMM), in March 2017, I knew that eventually my artists and I would have to engage in that hard conversation of booking fees and charging persons for ministry appearances. Note I did not say performances but rather ministry appearances. I’ll address that in a second. The British Virgin Islands is a small population of about 30,000 people and within that population, the gospel community is even smaller. God has blessed our little nation with talented individuals who are passionate in spreading the word of God through song, dance, music production, poetry, and more. As my personal ministry, God birthed in me, PMM, whose aim is to transform lives into ministry by helping artists develop their ministry and fulfil the purpose God has placed on their gift. As the company took off and our artist register started to build, I started to feel some spiritual discomfort whenever someone wanted to book an artist for an event. The discomfort was solely because I disliked hearing the word “performance”. Using that word felt as if it was just a gig when it was in fact the complete opposite. I felt and observed that when one of my artists were in front of an audience, their aim was to minister and reach a lost soul; not to entertain. You were not there to be a spectator but you were there to participate in worship and praise. In those moments, healing happened, deliverance happened, victory was reassured, and a fresh anointing overflowed. This is why it was referred to as a ministry appearance: it was a worship experience for God to appear. Of course, as I’ve said before, the conversation of pricing and booking these appearances were always difficult. Because our community was so small, everyone knew everyone and my artists found it challenging to charge persons to minister at an event. The mentality of the community didn’t make this any easier. We would often here the comment, “oh, it’s for the Kingdom,” or “it’s just a little fundraiser,” in addition to persons making artists feel like they should do it just because they were friends or associates. While, there are some events where a ‘love offering’ was appreciated or there was no charge indeed, what persons failed to understand is that ministry needs funding. A payment for a gig is usually a “thank you for your time” whereas payment for a ministry appearance is you sowing a seed into the ministry so that the artist can fulfil God’s purpose. It is a blessing that will return unto you with good measure because you have done your part and joined the artist’s ministry to spread the Gospel. Darryl Flanders

No Longer A Gig I had no clue!!!!! As I look back over the many years of ministry, that is my response. Starting out as the student director for my high school choir, I enjoyed singing and “performing” with my classmates. After I graduated, I wanted to continue that feeling. So I reached out to some of the old singers from the school choir and they reached out to some of their friends and before you know it, David Walker and The High Praise Community Choir was formed. We were a bunch of young people, who just wanted to sing. There were times that we had engagements on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. Those were definitely the “good ole days”. However, with all of the good times and comradery, we were still lacking something….”Ministry” Ministry was the farthest thing from our minds at that time. I really can’t place my finger on when exactly things started to shift, but I do recall one instance, where a friend of mine came out to hear the choir sing and God really showed up. After the service was over, she approached me and told me how she enjoyed the service and that she had come to church for the last time because afterwards, she was going home to commit suicide. From that point on, it was no longer a “gig” for me (which I’ve always hated that word as it relates to church). I think one has to question themselves and ask, “Why am I doing this?” What are your motives and intentions? We have to be concerned about the souls that are attached to our ministry. There are people around the world waiting on what God has placed on the inside of you. It could be that one time that you cavalierly approach an engagement, that you miss the opportunity to truly minister to the needs of an individual in the audience. There was a time when I looked for the audience’s response to gauge if they received us or not. I quickly found out that it would be those one or two people that would pull me to the side and express how much they were blessed and encourage me to keep going. The world is hurting and we as ministers of music have a responsibility to bring hope, encouragement and salvation to those that are in need of it. We have to be super sensitive to the leading of the spirit, so that what we do is no longer as a “gig”, but it becomes Ministry!! David Walker

Yo’s Cajun Stuffed Peppers Yolanda Wright Ingredients: 8 - Large poblano peppers 3 - Tablespoons of olive oil 1 - Onion diced 2 - Cloves of garlic, minced ½ - Tablespoon Louisiana Cajun Seasoning (adjust it to your taste) 16 oz - Small shrimp (peeled & deveined 1 - Link of andouille sausage diced or smoked andouille chicken sausage by Alfresco 1 - Cup uncooked long-grain white rice 2 ½ - Cups chicken broth (add more if necessary) 3 - 8 oz cans of tomato sauce 1 - Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 - Chopped parsley, oregano or scallions for garnish Directions:  Roast the poblano peppers in an oven on BROIL at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until the skins puff up and char. Flip them halfway through to get both sides charred. Remove from heat, cool slightly then

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peel off the skins. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise (leaving the stem on) and scoop out the insides. Set onto a large baking dish sprayed with PAM Drop oven temperature to 350 degrees Heat olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until it’s translucent. Stir in garlic & Cajun seasoning. Stir in shrimp & sausage, cook until shrimp turns pink Stir in rice and cook for about 1 minute Pour in chicken broth, worcestershire and tomato sauce. Cover and cook (stirring frequently) until it thickens(20 to 25 mins) Fill peppers with stuffing mixture and place on baking dish Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (depending on your oven) Top with parsley, scallions, or oregano (whatever your taste buds desire) Serve lemon wedges BON APPETIT!

Vegan Fried Chicken (vegetarian) Paul H. Cameron Prep time 25 mins - Cook time 2 hours No reason to head out for fried chicken, when you can make this amazing vegan recipe at home. Ingredients “Chicken” 2 cups vital wheat gluten 5 tbsp nutritional yeast 2 tsp onion powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp poultry seasoning 1½ cup Franks hot sauce (for a less spicy version sub ¾ with vegetable broth instead) 5 tbsp tahini 6 cups of vegetable broth Dredging 2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp white pepper ½ tsp onion powder ½ teaspoon paprika 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp sugar ¼ chipotle powder Sauce ⅓ Frank’s Original Red Hot Pepper Sauce 1 tbsp mustard

3 eggs worth of prepared egg replacer (I like The Vegg) Oil for frying Instructions : "Chicken" In a mixing bowl, mix together gluten, yeast, onion powder and poultry seasoning. In a larger bowl, combine Franks and tahini and whisk until smooth. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet and stir until well combined. Knead the dough until it is elastic but not dry. Sprinkle some additional gluten flour if your dough is too sticky. Divide the dough into chicken size pieces, they will grow to about twice the size. Place the nuggets in a pot filled with boiling broth, ensure they are totally covered. Cook nuggets in broth for 1 hour at a low boil, stirring every 15 mins. Remove from broth and place on a wire baking rack to dry. Coating: Combine the hot sauce, egg r eplacer and mustar d in a small bowl. Combine the flour and all spices in another shallow bowl, and whisk until well combined. Working with one piece of seitan at a time, coat each piece with the flour, then dredge it in the hot sauce mixture, and coat again in the flour mixture. Set aside until the rest of the seitan is breaded. Heat up plenty of oil in a skillet, or heat up your deep fryer. When hot (350 degrees) fry the filets for 8-12 minutes or until they are light brown and crispy. Remove the seitan and place on paper towels to drain


Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients  1 large onion, finely chopped  6 garlic cloves, minced  1 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil  2 large bell peppers, finely chopped  2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” cubes  1 1/2 tsp salt  Ground black pepper, to taste  1 cup quinoa, uncooked  1 1/2 cups water  2 bay leaves  2 medium zucchini, quartered  1 bunch broccoli, coarsely chopped

Quinoa Skillet with Chicken and Garden Veggies Submitted by: Chef Carlton A. Brown (www.occasionaloccasionscatering.com)

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10 oz grape tomatoes, halved 1 bunch parsley, dill or basil finely chopped

Instructions 1. Preheat large deep skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil, onion, garlic and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add bell peppers and saute for 3 more minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, add quinoa, water, bay leaves and stir. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid, reduce heat to lower medium and cook for 12 minutes. Now it’s time to add vegetables. At this point quinoa should be cooked al dente. Add zucchini and broccoli. Stir, cover with a lid and cook on low-medium for 15 more minutes. Add grape tomatoes and parsley, stir and remove from heat. Serve hot.

Miss Victoria is an ordained minister who teaches, preaches and spins for the Kingdom of God. She (also known as Attorney Karmika V. Rubin) is the founder and president of The Law Offices of K. V. Rubin, PA with offices in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is licensed to practice in Florida, as well as the Federal U.S. Tax Court. In 2004, God gave Karmika Victoria Rubin a vision to share His word on international platforms. In 2012, God gave direct instructions for Truth Speaking Ministries, now known as Truth of Life Ministries, Inc., to spread the Gospel throughout the world and thus, “Miss Victoria” was introduced. In 2017, after ministering locally, God said it is time to launch globally and to begin the radio segment. In February 2018, the radio segment of Truth of Life Ministries, Inc., International Internet Radio Show with Miss Victoria, was started. The radio show began as a platform to teach and spread a message from God. It has since transformed into a platform to promote and share music from Gospel Recording Artists. In 2019, Miss Victoria was a Nominee for the Spin Awards as Internet Radio Announcer of the Year, Internet Radio Host of the Year and Internet Radio Personality of the Year and Truth of Life Ministries was nominated for Best Internet Radio Show. In April 2020, Miss Victoria became a finalist for the Gospel Choice Music Awards Radio Announcer of the Year. In June 2020, My Music, My Story, with Miss Victoria was introduced to highlight the inspiring journeys and current music of Gospel Music Artists. How to follow Miss Victoria: Vibing with Miss Victoria International Radio Show, airs on Undignified Praise Radio, www.UPRadio.org on Sundays at 3:30 pm & 6:00 pm EST and Cross Over Radio, www.MauriceSabastian.org. Thursday’s at 7:00 pm EST. Study of the Word Bible Study, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, FaceBook Live @Victoria Rubin, YouTube Videos: Truth of Life Ministries, Instagram: Missvictoriarubin or Email: Truthoflifeministries@gmail.com

Jay Williams is CEO of Multiple Radio Stations and Show. He is CEO of the new Indie One Network which consist of 40 plus Internet stations. He owns 7 stations of his own which are TAP Radio, Indie One Radio, The CCM Radio Station, Jay`s Jamz, The Word Channel Radio, Jay`s Pop Station (JPS), Jay`s Country Station and also The Jay Williams Show which is currently on over 300 stations world wide. Jays station Indie One Radio is a BDS, Digital Radio Tracking, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC reporting Charting Station. His newest station, TAP Radio is also a BMI, ASCAP, SESAC Reporting station & DRT monitoring station along with Jay`s Jamz Radio, all based out of Atlanta Ga. Mr. Williams has a TV Show entitled The Jay Williams Show TV which airs every Friday on The NOW TV Network and 4 other TV outlets. He is proud of the progress of his new digital magazine called Indie 1 Magazine. Jay will be appearing on many more outlets to be announced soon. He is responsible for major events like The After Party Showcase which goes down in Las Vegas after the Stellar Awards and has the Radio Mixer where radio stations from all around the world come together and meet one another and network with one another and artists. Jay has launched The Gospel Hip Hop Awards and The Choir & Quartet Award Show. He has been nominated for several awards on numerous award platforms including the Stellars. His goal is to be able to give indie artists the biggest platform around. To make them feel like major artists. Indie One Network has over 40 stations in it and is growing world wide in 4 different time zones. Twenty of the stations are BDS, 5 of them are DRT, All of them are BMI. ASCAP, SESAC, Reporting stations. For more info visit http://www.thejaywilliamsshow1.com Elder Joseph Wilson, aka “the Digital Butler” a native of Atlanta Georgia, grew up listening to radio, albums, cassettes, 8-track and even reel to reel recordings of many different types of music. One of his best inspirations was listening to WAOK while growing up in Atlanta. His Grandfather, the Late Willie Batten was a huge connection and development of his love for Gospel and Quartet music. The joy of spending time in south Georgia with his grandparents the Late Catherine & Richard Wilson Sr. was a pivotal reason to his character and love for family and people. Hearing various DJ’s over the years always intrigued Rev. Wilson and his love for radio and the arts. Becoming a licensed and ordained Minister continued to fuel his passion for radio. Moving to the Midwest opened his opportunity to the radio industry. Mrs. Dorothy (Sims) Mitchell gave Elder Wilson his mark in community radio that has now blossomed into a 38 year tenure where he is now HOST/Programmer/Visionary of the Serenade of Love Gospel Music show. Airing Saturday mornings from 6-9am on KOPN. The Digital Butler also holds esteem of being the first Chairman of the Columbia Area Gospel Announcers Guild under Charles “Chuck” Spearman of St. Louis MO. This affiliation with Mr. Spearman was a springboard to putting KOPN on the Gospel radar. Elder Wilson was the first announcer from the mid-Missouri area to be listed in the 1st Gospel Music Workshop of America National Directory. Lady Merdean Gales (talent scout) of the Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel show presented him as the “Platinum Announcer”. Becoming a co-host of one of their local events was a big highlight! Having various co-host or MC opportunities over the years has aided Elder Wilson in being a viable presence to the community and his listening audience. His current co-host is Riccardo (RickeyRighteous) Montgomery, coming up now on a 4 year tenure since 2018 at KOPN. Elder Wilson has a smooth baritone presentation and continues to be a vital presence over the airways streaming live every Saturday morning. Given the opportunity to travel abroad on missions, Elder Wilson has made international connections in Guatemala, Honduras, and has now added Japan to his captured base. He has interviewed many Gospel greats such as Richard Smallwood, Daryl Coley, Angela Kristie, Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Key Notes and a host of other A-List and Independent Artists. Elder Wilson has brought much success to the KOPN library and community, serving Gospel music at its best. You can email him at *radioman2.jw@gmail.com or by following the show on www.kopn.org, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

HEALTHY WELL & WISE “Secrets To Growing A Healthy Relationship: No Growing Pains, No GAIN!” by Darryl and P’Angela Jones

Everyone loves a good secret. You don’t have to be ashamed! The Bible has much to say about secrets and the hidden things of God. Our favorite reference is Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” God created secrets and he also created the desire in us to uncover them and discover wisdom for our time of need. If you're reading this article on relationship secrets, it simply means you have or plan to have a healthy relationship and you want help revealing the truth of how one sows good seeds, plants with a purpose, water with love and expect a beautiful blossoming relationship. The power of the seed, what you sow you and what you will reap in the area of love, is important. However, there are some key components to how growing pains that occur after seeding can actually help you gain a great marriage. If you forfeit the pain you lose access to the gain. Some benefits to growing through painful moments and circumstances are: 

You learn to look at things from a different perspective.

Optimism is important

The most beautiful things in life are sandwiched between a rock and a hard place

Every good thing requires hard work

Failure is the necessary stepping stone to success

Let’s explore how we can overcome obstacles and it helps them grow the beautiful garden they desire. When a garden is blossoming you learn to look at things from a different perspective. You may think about how the weeds are going to rise, how such a beautiful garden grew from just a seed. You can even wonder how the plants feel surrounded by other flowers. In a marriage, understanding how your spouse could be uncomfortable with growth is important. How they are being stretched, how there are things in life they are struggling to uproot and how with some patience they will blossom with the right watering. Understanding their growth curve allows you to drop demands, understand they are human when expectations aren't met and acceptance of humanity can bring you closer if you let it. Optimism is needed when you are growing a garden. After all there will be the heat of the summer, that hinders your garden from growing. Overcrowding hinders the plant to grow correctly as well. There are obstacles, but an optimist sees the vision with hope and works hard and expects a beautiful garden. We need optimism in your marriage and especially towards your spouse. We must not let negative thoughts overcrowd our mind. We Are human so we can over promise and definitely not deliver at times unintentionally. But if there are no growing pains, how can we gain? 

Growing pains create fortitude in our marriage, we learn to understand each other, we learn our strengths, we sympathize with our weaknesses.

Overcoming obstacles brings you closer when you work as a team and not criticize each other harshly.

Failing individually can bring empathy, understanding, trust and true love when your partner realizes you can forgive, assist, and embrace their vulnerability at the same time. Failing together brings problem solving, agreement and critical thinking as a team which leads to teamwork. When you see each other as an asset and not a liability; you are growing.

If you do fail, underpromise and over deliver. Forgive each other and accept the other’s humanity and that you both have limitations.

In spite of college degrees, money, physical ability, background or career; we are all human. Accepting our strengths and weaknesses and our need to constantly develop even through difficult seasons is essential relationship growth. This is a secret to having a healthy and whole relationship!

HEALTHY WELL & WISE Protect your Mental Health by Setting Personal and Professional Boundaries Do you need to protect your mental health? Do lots of people invade your personal space and leave you wondering how best to tackle the issue? This article will help you understand how best to protect your mental health by setting personal and professional boundaries. Your mental health is an active contributor to your existence, and its protection is one thing that you should always wish to accomplish, primarily because of the stress that could arise otherwise. Boundaries are an essential part of effective communication both in personal and professional capacities. Limits are used in many cases to ensure balance remains the order of the day while interacting and communicating with others. If you can hold on to these boundaries while dealing with others, the better it is for all the parties involved. Why is Setting Boundaries Important? Whether you have a personal or professional relationship, setting the necessary boundaries is one of the things that you should consider to avoid unpleasent and unwanted occurrences. Usually, it is vital to draw a line when dealing with other people to prevent them from making you uncomfortable, whether they're aware of it or not. Personal boundaries as guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave towards them and how they will respond when someone passes those boundaries. Personal boundaries help you to define and control the perspective that other people view you from, taking into account your physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual interaction with them. You can set personal boundaries with people that you have close interaction or relationships with to prevent them from invading your space or to prevent them from crossing the limits of close friends if you also have to work with them. You can set boundaries within your home, between your family, close friends, neighbors, and other close relations that you have to interact with frequently. Tips for Setting Personal Boundaries Your home should be a place you consider a place of peace. It houses some of the closest relationships that anybody may have. But even inside the home, there are limits that everyone can go-to when it comes to interaction or intimate relationships with someone else. Asserting your boundaries in a calm, friendly way within your home will go a long way in helping you to protect your mental health. Once this is done reasonably, everyone will know to recognize those boundaries and respect them. Family can be a very complicated affair, one that sometimes also requires that we set ground rules that even our closest confidants cannot ignore. Different people make up a family unit, and the difference between each person makes it so that everyone within a family carries an individual personality that separates them from others. Each person in the family deserves their space. When you're a part of the family, you must respect the boundaries that they set for the benefit of the mental health of all parties involved. Usually, people make friends with primarily other people within their age range. This is because they grow up within the frameworks of the society, which automatically matches them with children who are in the same age bracket. To maintain a healthy relationship with your friends, it is vital to put the necessary boundaries in place to prevent them from invading your privacy. While friendships are ideal, when they set off negative mental energies within you, it's best to address it quickly. Tell them you understand what they want from you, however, your needs are different. With the necessary boundaries, you’ll be able to avoid unnecessary altercations. When it comes to close relationships, whether, of the sexual nature or platonic kind between adults, it is equally necessary to set healthy boundaries that help protect the mental health of all parties involved. This encourages fair dealings and responsible interaction when both parties understand fully well the limits of their actions toward the other person. Whether it is a casual or sexual relationship, you need to let the other party understand where you stand early on in the relation.

Protect your Mental Health (cont’d) Professional Boundaries Professional boundaries, on the other hand, refer to organizational, legal, medical, ethical, and other limits that guide the interaction with and within businesses, employees, and employers to prevent mental and physical inconveniencies between one another. Often, there can be occurrences of people crossing professional and ethical lines while dealing with other people in a professional capacity, whether it is between co-workers, employer, and employee, or client-doctor, counsel-client relationships, among others. Professional boundaries help to curb the occurrence of problematic interactions between adults who operate across various industries. It is vital to set the necessary professional boundaries in some situations. Putting the required frameworks in place will help to guide your interaction with people and their reactions to your personality. With these boundaries, you can quickly establish your presence to an expectant audience. Here are some tips on setting professional boundaries in the following endeavors:

While forging a career, it is essential to Set Straight Expectations with your colleagues and clients about what to expect from you and what not to expect within the guidelines of your profession. You should equally try to be clear about your role in the organization or on a project to ensure that everybody else understands as much as you do about the limits of your relationship to respect and protect the mental boundaries of the other party. You should always be honest with people and let them know how they make you feel. Be realistic about how their actions affect you positively or negatively. Let them understand that their behavior is a negative influence on you and try as much as possible to cut down all possible interactions with them unless there is room for fruitful mediation for the sake of your mental health. As an entrepreneur, if you do not set the necessary boundaries, you will get all caught up in the designs of other people for a very long time. Given your drive as an entrepreneur to change the world in one way or the other, it is very likely that you’re exposed to lots of close relationships throughout your entrepreneurial journey. One of the ways to harness these little advantages is to separate your personal and entrepreneurial life. By drawing a definitive line between your private and entrepreneurial experience, everyone takes a cue into how you want them to behave when they get the privilege of a close relationship. You should also try as much as possible to set specific goals and smash them. By setting specific goals and crushing them, your self-confidence increases by a great deal, and you will be able to control your environment much better, including setting the proper boundaries to protect your mental health. Client relation is one of the most delicate parts of b2b ties in the world today. Learning how to understand the need of clients and interpret them successfully as fast as possible is an industry on its own. If you can genuinely understand how to set the necessary boundaries that allow for a smooth relationship between you and your clients, then the sky is just the beginning. With the appropriate frameworks put in place, you and your clients can comfortably interact without any party experiencing a violation of their psychological, emotional, or spiritual peace. Why is your Mental Health so Important? You must be wondering what's so essential about your mental health that you're setting boundaries to protect them in various aspects of your life. Your mental health includes all your psychological, emotional, and social behavior. It is an aggregation of the various activities of the body, which influences how we feel, think, act, react, relate with other people, and make decisions, among others. Your mental state is deeply connected to how you truly feel from the inside and the manifestations of those feelings in real life. There is a powerful connection between mental health and the success of huge companies. Over the years, events have shown that, to a considerable extent, the mental condition of employees has a powerful impact on their performances at work. Those who are always mentally stressed cannot perform optimally, while employees who are mentally rested enough are usually at their best. You should consider your mental health as a fragile egg that deserves to be cared for to prevent it from cracking open. By setting boundaries that help to protect your mental health, you can truly protect your health and happiness.

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