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hat is ministry? Wikipedia defines it as the Ivory Payne activity by Christians Publisher to spread or express their faith. Ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. Jesus provided a great example for Christian ministry; He came, not to be served, but to give service (Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17). I have been told on several occasions that the Praise Reporter is a business and that it cannot be compared to a Ministry or even the work of the Kingdom. However, as we approach the seventh year anniversary of this publication I must take a stand. After all, when the work of the church is referred to as business we are offended. But I must ask, why? When in fact Jesus referred to his work or ministry as “His Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). The Praise Reporter has been and is dedicated to spreading, expressing our faith and serving our communities. Each product that Global Impact Media produces is devoted to doing just that. The Praise Reporter ministers to over 70,000 readers, sharing information that is not only vital to their spiritual well-being but vital to their physical needs as well. The Praise Reporter preaches the gospel of salvation, faith, healing, healthy living, financial fitness, education, strong families, churches, communities, businesses and government. The Praise Reporter has afforded a venue to a diverse group of faith leaders and denominations to share their faith, their views and concerns with the community and with each other. With the launching of 247praiseradio.com in December 2010, millions have been added to the number of people we already serve and the message is being spread to a worldwide audience. We are sharing good news and great gospel

music and impacting the globe with praise. Please note that our religious leaders have come and continue to come together in the pages of the Praise Reporter each time we are published to share the Gospel (The Good News) with each other and their communities whether they realized it or not dispite their diffrent denominational and personal beliefs. The Praise Reporter has been a common ground where we all can express and share our faith not only within the walls of our prospective churches but with each other as well. I make no apologies that I have chosen to serve the community in this manner or that I am in the business of spreading (publishing) the Gospel of Jesus Christ and providing a medium for others to do the same. After all that is my ministry, this is what I was called to do, share the Good News of Jesus Christ to Great Communities even the world. (Act 1:8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of Praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3) As the Praise Reporter celebrate the anniver-

Gospel Radio returns to Columbus, Ohio. I say that because just a year and a half Columbus gospel radio station Joy 106.3 left the air. Thank God for the vision of Bishop Mel Griffin and Pastor Mike Reeves to purchase AM 1580 WVKO and bring to Columbus quality gospel programming. The Praise Reporter is proud to be a supporting partner. Tune in and listen! I urge businesses to advertise and support this great venture. Staff Ivory D. Payne Publisher ivory@emailpraise.com Celeste M. Payne Operations Manager Director of Sales & Marketing celeste@emailpraise.com Rebecca Ayson Administrative Assistant admin@emailpraise.com Leticia Cunningham Marketing & Promotions Contributing Writers Cecelia M. Bean-Kane, RN, MSN, APN-C Jesse Todd

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What Is Black Music Month Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music. Created by music business insiders, the group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music. Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a commemoration to national proportions with extravaganza across the country. [In 2011 President Obama welcomed rapper Common to the White House as part of the kickoff <br>to his announcement of African American Music Appreciation Month (formerly Black Music Month). (AP/Charles Dharapak)] In 2000, US-Representative Chaka Fattah sponsored

House Resolution 509, which formally recognized the importance of Black music on culture and the economy during President Bill Clinton’s administration. In 2009, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month who declared the start of summer as a celebration for all the black “musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters [who] have made enormous contributions to our culture.” “The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union. African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a community and reminding us of our shared values.”

The Praise Reporter Celebrates Black Gospel Music Rev. James Cleveland 1932-1991

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JAMES CLEVELAND was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1931 to Rosie Lee and Benjamin Cleveland during the height of the greatest depression. James’ grandmother attended Pilgrim Baptist Church, where she was a member of the choir. James had no choice but to attend these rehearsals with his grandmother and found himself sitting through these choir rehearsals – bored stiff!! Eventually James decided he would conquer the boredom through attempting to sing along with the choir. It was in one of these rehearsal that James’ singing was noticed and he was made choir mascot. The choir director, Thomas A. Dorsey wrote a song for him which launched the career of what was the be a long line of performances. Through Dorsey’s teaching and directing young James was influenced in a great way. Playing the piano was a skill that James developed through trial and error. His keen ear and ability to quickly grasp musical style helped him develop a command of the keyboard. But it was Roberta Martin who was the inspiration for his piano style. At a young age, James patterned his playing after Mrs. Martin, and it was Roberta Martin who published James Cleveland’s first composition, “I Want to See Jesus”. After developing his musical skills, James went to New York where he became Minister of Music at Faith Temple COGIC. where Bishop A. A. Childs was pastor. There he worked with organist Herman Stevens. From New York, James went to Philadelphia, where along with Bessie Folk and Narcellus McKissick (former members of the Martin Singers) the Gospel group “The Gospelaires” was formed. After much success with the Gospelaires, James went on to move to Detroit, Michigan where he became Minister of Music for Dr. C. L. Franklin. In the course of the next few years, James moved from Detroit to Chicago, and then back to Detroit. It was then that he became Second Assistant Pastor to Rev. Chas A. Craig Sr., at Prayer Tabernacle and through this fellowship the famous “Voices of Tabernacle” was born. Eventually Rev. Cleveland relocated

to Los Angeles, California, where he founded the Cornerstone Baptist Church. Even though the church started with less than 100 members, the membership grew to over 7,000 people. Before moving to California, James Cleveland enjoyed a great deal of success as a Savoy Recording artist. However, after moving West, he found himself without the usual polished background singers, and nearing the end of the recording contract, James needed to complete one more recording session. He decided to call his friend Reverend Lawrence Roberts, pastor of First Baptist Church of Nutley, New Jersey, and solicit the use of Roberts Angelic Choir to background this final session. Roberts responded positively and James along with friends Thurston Frazier and JUNE 2013 | praisereporter.com | (888) 963-7186 | 3


celebrating black gospel music Billy Preston drove from California to Nutley, New Jersey. The album was recorded in 1962 and titled “This Sunday In Person” featuring James Cleveland with the Angelic Gospel choir, under the direction of Thurston Frazier and Rev. Lawrence Roberts, featuring Billy Preston at the organ. The LP was the first live gospel recording session ever. It was an overwhelming success. Savoy Records hurried to re-sign Cleveland and quickly produced Volume 2. This LP was even greater success featuring the hit selection “How Great Thou Art”. Volume 3 of James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir was titled “Peace Be Still”. This 1963 LP became the first gospel LP to sell over 50,000 albums (unheard of back then). From then on James Cleveland had the “Midas” touch on any LP which he was associated. He spoke of his musical style … “I’ve always maintained my own style of music, it has changed slightly over the years because I’ve tried to stay up with the times. I prefer traditional messages and stylings because people in the church choirs can sing it. I try to make my music a source of material for churches and choirs. I play simple enough so that even storefront musician can pick it up”. As a musician, performer and producer, James maintained a level of excellence over an incredibly long period of time. Reverend Cleveland stated once, “I want to stay in the music business through promoting gospel music and upgrading the quality and performance of gospel music. I am pleased that Gospel Music Workshop of America has grown to the largest gospel music organization in the world, with over 20,000 members”. The stage presence of Rev. James Cleveland is an experience that’s almost unexplainable, he mesmerizes audiences, not only with the presentation of singing material, but this unique way of addressing musicians with a single “ssshh”. Cleveland had a charisma on stage that was inimitable. He said, “Nobody taught me about stage presence, I just try to be with people on their level. I feel like people like folk who talk about everyday problems and shared experiences, rather than trying to be glamorous. I try to talk to them (audiences) and give them hope that things are going to get better. I think I can talk to people on their level because people are just people”. Through his lifetime James Cleveland has won numerous awards and accolades that are too numerous to list. However it is noteworthy to remember James Cleveland won five (5) Grammy Awards. The last was February 21, 1991, awarded posthumous

with The Southern California Community Choir on the Savoy Records LP entitled, “Having Church”. It should also be mentioned that Rev. Cleveland was awarded an honorary Doctrine degree from the Trinity Bible College and was the first gospel artist to be awarded a “STAR” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Reverend Cleveland will never be forgotten as one of the world’s foremost leaders and pioneers of gospel music and his gospel music ministry will live on. Literally every black gospel artist today has been influenced by James Cleveland.

Thomas A. Dorsey 1899 – 1993

Dorsey’s father was a minister and his mother a piano teacher. He learned to play blues piano as a young man. After studying music formally in Chicago, he became an agent for Paramount Records. He put together a band for Ma Rainey called the “Wild Cats Jazz Band” in 1924. He started out playing at rent parties with the names Barrelhouse Tom and Texas Tommy, but he was most famous as Georgia Tom. As Georgia Tom, he teamed up with Tampa Red (Hudson Whittaker) with whom he recorded the raunchy 1928 hit record “Tight Like That”, a sensation, eventually selling seven million copies.[3] In all, he is credited with more than 400 blues and jazz songs. Dorsey began recording gospel music alongside blues in the mid-1920s. This led to his performing at the National Baptist Convention in 1930, and becoming the bandleader of two churches in the early 1930s.[4] His first wife, Nettie, who had been Rainey’s wardrobe mistress, died in childbirth in 1932. Two days later the child, a son, also died. In his grief, he wrote his most famous song, one of the most famous of all gospel songs, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”.[5] Unhappy with the treatment received at the hands of established publishers, Dorsey opened the first black gospel music publishing company, Dorsey House of Music. He also founded his own gospel choir and was a founder and first president of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses. His influence was not limited to Afri-

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can American music, as white musicians also followed his lead. “Precious Lord” has been recorded by Albertina Walker, Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Clara Ward, Dorothy Norwood, Jim Reeves, Roy Rogers, and Tennessee Ernie Ford, among hundreds of others. It was a favorite gospel song of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and was sung at the rally the night before his assassination, and, per his request, at his funeral by Mahalia Jackson. It was also a favorite of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who requested it to be sung at his funeral. Dorsey was also a great influence on other Chicago-based gospel artists such as Albertina Walker and The Caravans and Little Joey McClork. Dorsey wrote “Peace in the Valley” for Mahalia Jackson in 1937, which also became a gospel standard. He was the first African American elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and also the first in the Gospel Music Association’s Living Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted as a charter member of the Gennett Records Walk of Fame in Richmond, Indiana. His papers are preserved at Fisk University, along with those of W.C. Handy, George Gershwin, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Dorsey’s works have proliferated beyond performance, into the hymnals of virtually all American churches and of English-speaking churches worldwide. Thomas was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He died in Chicago, Illinois, and was interred there in the Oak Woods Cemetery.

Mahalia Jackson 1911-1972

Mahalia Jackson reigned as a pioneer interpreter of gospel music whose fervent contralto was one of the great voices of this century. Both gospel and rhythm & blues had their roots in the Sanctified church, but whereas blues and R&B departed on secular paths that led to rock and roll, gospel stayed the spiritual course. Nonetheless, the influence of gospel on R&B and rock and roll, especially through such force-of-nature voices as Jackson’s, is inescapable. Little Richard has cited Jackson as an inspiration, calling her “the true queen of spiritual singers.” In Jackson’s own words, “Rock and roll was stolen out of the sanctified church!”

Certainly, in the unleashed frenzy of the “spirit feel” style of gospel epitomized by such singers as Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one can hear the rousing roots of rock and roll. One of Jackson’s accompanists was keyboardist Billy Preston, who went on to great fame as a rock and R&B star. But religious passion was paramount in Jackson’s life, and no sacred-to-secular transformation would mark her career as it did so many others. “Her voice is a heartfelt express of all that is most human about us—our fears, our faith, our hope for salvation,” David Ritz wrote in his liner notes for Mahalia Jackson: 16 Most Requested Songs. “Hope is the hallmark of Mahalia Jackson and the gospel tradition she embodies.” Jackson was born in New Orleans in 1911. A debut Baptist, she was nonetheless influenced by Bessie Smith and the rhythm & blues she heard all around her. She carried the rich musical heritage of her native city with her when she moved to Chicago in 1927. Jackson labored as a domestic but soon found abundant work as a soloist at churches and funerals throughout Chicago. After performing with the Prince Johnson singers, she first recorded as a soloist in the mid-Thirties. She spent five years touring with composer Thomas A. Dorsey, singing at gospel tents and churches. Jackson recorded for Decca in 1937 and for Apollo from 1946-1954. She then moved to Columbia Records, where she achieved broad recognition as a singer of spirituals. She also lent her powerful voice and imprimatur to the Civil Rights movement of the Fifties and Sixties. Singing in a grainy, full-throated soprano that employed slurs and blue notes, Jackson brought a heightened drama and syncopated bounce to her readings of such gospel classics as “Move On Up a Little Higher,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (a Top 100 pop single) and “How I Got Over.” She sang for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, performing at the latter’s inaugural. A favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jackson sang at his request immediately before his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in August 1963. Jackson recorded for Columbia from 1954 until 1967. She died of heart failure outside Chicago in 1972.

Albertina Walker 1929-2010

Albertina Walker Hailed as the “Queen of Gospel”, Albertina Walker was born in 1929 in Chicago, IL. At the age of four, Albertina began singing in the Children’s Choir


celebrating black gospel music of the West Point Baptist Church under the direction of Professor Pete Williams. It was during this time that America had undergone a major economic collapse and the country was experiencing a great social and political upheaval. The black church was at the heart of this cultural awakening and gospel music was slowly gaining acceptance in the black churches, thanks to the efforts of Gospel greats such as Professor Thomas A. Dorsey, Sallie Martin, Kenneth Morris, Rosetta Thorpe, and Albertina’s personal friend, Mahalia Jackson. Albertina was singing with the Williams Singers touring with Willie Webb and The Robert Anderson Singers. In 1951 at just twenty two years of age Ms. Walker organized her own group, the world famous CARAVANS. The Caravans The original group the Caravans consisted of Elyse Yancy, Nellie Grace Daniels, and OraLee Hopkins Samson. Albertina discovery of new talent, the legendary Caravans launched the careers of Pastor Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Delores Washington, Cassietta George, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood and the “King of Gospel” the Reverend James Cleveland. This rightfully earned Albertina the title “The Star Maker”. The Caravans achieved great success acclaimed household name with hits like Sweeping Through The City, Mary Don’t You Weep, Walk Around Heaven, and Lord Keep Me Day By Day. After a stellar career with the Caravans, Albertina went on to phenomenal success as a solo artist, recording her first project Put A Little Love In Your Heart in 1975. To date, she has recorded over 60 albums, including gold selling hits Please Be Patient With Me, I Can Go To God In Prayer, The Best Is Yet To Come, Impossible Dream, and Joy Will Come. Albertina still enjoys an active recording career, often lending her talents to the projects of other artists in addition to her own. Albertina is committed to the preservation of gospel music and the enhancement of the human experience. To this end, she has lent her support to many charitable organizations such as The United Negro College Fund, The American Cancer Society, The National Council of Negro Women, The Nation of Islam’s “Million Family” March, One Voice “A Fight Against AIDS”, The NAACP and Operation Push. Year of 1988

Albertina founded The Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation for the Creative and Performing Arts. The foundation offers financial assistance to college students in the form of scholarships to further their education in the field of music. Ms. Walker’s personal and television appearances worldwide are too numerous to mention. However, she has sung for United States President George Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and The President of South Africa, President Nelson Mandela. Albertina has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Good Morning America”, and “The Travis Smiley Show”. Albertina is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated BET and Word television show, “Bobby Jones Gospel”, “Testify” and “Singsation”. Her fans have also enjoyed her in the motion picture “Leap of Faith” starring Steve Martin, “Going Home to Gospel with Patti Labelle”, the Off Broadway play “The Gospel Truth”, and “The Evolution of Gospel”. Albertina’s unselfish devotion, contributions and love for gospel music has truly earned her the historical rank as the “Queen of Gospel”. Exuberating her message of faith in God, Albertina sings “I’m Still Here”.

Walter Hawkins 1949 – 2010

Walter Hawkins was an American gospel music singer, and a pastor. Hawkins was consecrated to the bishopic in 1992. He died at his home in Ripon, California, from pancreatic cancer. Walter Hawkins was the brother of Edwin Hawkins, Daniel Hawkins (Marcia), Feddie Hawkins Smith, Carol Hawkins and Lynette Hawkins-Stephens. Bishop Hawkins was married to Tramaine Hawkins, they had two children, a son Walter “Jamie” Hawkins, Jr., who is married to Myiia “Sunny” Davis-Hawkins, and a daughter Trystan Hawkins. Bishop Hawkins also had a granddaughter, Jahve Hawkins, and a grandson, Jamie Daniel Hawkins. Bishop Hawkins started his career in one of his brother’s chorales, “The Northern California State Youth Choir” of the Church of God in Christ. Later, he accompanied his brother Edwin and founded The Edwin Hawkins Singers. This collaborative effort produced the hit song “Oh Happy Day”,

which became one of the first gospel songs to cross over onto mainstream music charts. Walter Hawkins left The Edwin Hawkins Singers in the early 1970s to establish the Love Center Church in Oakland, California. He and his Love Center Choir had considerable success with their “Love Alive” series of recordings, which sold well over a million copies from the 1970s through the 1990s. “Love Alive IV”, released in 1990, was #1 on the Billboard Gospel Album charts, where it stayed for 33 weeks. In all, Walter Hawkins produced and/or collaborated on 116 hit songs which were listed on the Billboard Gospel Music charts. Walter Hawkins and his groups were frequent musical collaborators, and recorded with Van Morrison, Diahann Carroll, Sylvester (singer), Jeffrey Osborne, among many others.

Dr. Mattie Moss Clark 1925 - 1994

Dr. Mattie Juliet Moss Clark remains one of the most influential and important figures in the history and progression of gospel music as well as in the history of the Church of God in Christ. Her legacy has created and helped to shape some of the most successful gospel artists including Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Donald Vails, Commissioned, Esther Smith, Keith Pringle, Rev. Rance Allen, the late Rev. James Moore and her own daughters, The Clark Sisters. She taught that one should never try to sing, preach, teach, or reach without prayer and that Christ must always be the center of attraction and the center of one’s life. Born the seventh of nine children to Fred J. Moss and Mattie J. Walker in Selma, AL, she began playing the piano at age six. By 12, she became the musician for mother’s services at the Church of Christ and Prayer. After high school, she attended Selma University and received training in classical music and choral singing. In addition, she continued to travel with her mother and play at her mission services. She moved to Detroit in 1947 to be with her sister Sybil Burke and became a member of Greater Love Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. There, under the leadership of Bishop W. Rimson, she was baptized in the Holy Ghost and subsequently became

the Minister of Music. She served an historic tenure as Minister of Music for both Southwest Michigan Jurisdiction and Bailey Temple Church of God in Christ, under Bishop John Seth Bailey. Soon she was in demand to train choirs at churches throughout the brotherhood of COGIC. She married her first husband, Mr. Cullum and that union produced two children Leo and Jacqueline. Her next marriage was to Elder Elbert Clark and unto their union four daughters were born, Denise, Twinkie, Dorinda, and Karen. In 1958, she recorded “Going to Heaven to Meet the King,” with the Southwest Michigan State Choir, becoming the first person to commit the sounds of a choir to record. She was also the first person to separate vocal parts into soprano, alto and tenor. She received three gold albums with the Southwest Michigan State Choir, and went on to write and arrange hundreds of songs and record over 50 albums. She directed Cadillac Motor Company’s Christmas choir for eleven years and also conducted community wide mass choirs for the prestigious NAACP Freedom Fund Dinners. In 1979, she founded the Clark Conservatory of Music in Detroit, which established itself as one of the most prestigious schools of its kind in the country. In 1981, Trinity College in Pennsylvania conferred upon her one of their highest honors, the degree of Doctor of Humanity. After the death of Bishop Bailey in 1985, she continued as State Minister of Music for Southwest Michigan Jurisdiction #1, attending Greater Mitchell Church of God in Christ, under Bishop J.H. Sheard. She was also one of the editors and contributors to the hymnal published by the Church of God In Christ entitled “Yes, Lord.” When the late Bishop J. O. Patterson appointed her the International President of The Music Department in 1968, she worked to instill within musicians and choirs a responsibility to Christ as well as capability for Christ. Throughout her efforts, young people especially received her and many were saved, and uplifted by her music and message. She completely revolutionized the music departments. She gave definition to the rold of State Minister of Music, traveled year-round to every state in the country conducting workshop, rehearsals and musicals to prepare choirs for service on the National Church level and organized the structure of the National Music Convention of the Church of God in Christ. Dr. Clark introduced the workshop and seminar concept to the convention, and along with her staff, structured classes for the convention and created “A Song Is Born,” the program

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celebrating black gospel music

Gospel composer, musician, singer and producer. Referred to by gospel music fans as “The Maestro” because of his reputation

as a consummate composer, musician, singer and producer. He is best known for organizing one of the most popular contemporary gospel choirs of all time, the Thomas Whitfield Company, and for producing bestselling recordings for gospel artist Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Douglas Miller, Keith Pringle, Bishop Paul Morton and for Aretha Franklin. Whitfield has been recognized by many as being the catalyst for helping mold the very character of contemporary gospel music with his intricate choral arrangements and merging of musical styles ranging from Jazz to classical into existing gospel music traditions.

Thomas Anthony Whitfield, Jr. was the eldest of five boys born to the late Thomas and Jacqueline Whitfield. His Great-Grandmother inspired him to play the piano and he began taking lessons at the age of five. By age ten he was mastering the organ and playing at church. Soon he was playing all over the city. After graduating from Central High School, he attended the Detroit Conservatory of Music to enhance his musical gifts through the study of music theory and composition. He not only challenged himself, but he shared his gifts by instructing, and mentoring other musicians and singers. After his studies he eventually joined the Detroit Board of Education as a music instructor. During this time Whitfield began to write, compose, arrange and play for various churches, soloists, and groups including for Rev. James Cleveland. He and a friend founded the Thomas Whitfield Company in 1977. The choir was comprised of 40 of the most renowned singers, soloists, and

musicians in the city of Detroit. All were hand picked by Whitfield. Initially, some listeners declared his music too contemporary. However, by the mid-1980’s, Whitfield had produced, arranged, and or written some of gospel’s most enduring recordings. In 1984 he received the first of three Grammy nominations. Minister Thomas Whitfield departed this life at only 38 years of age from heart complications. Among the more than 200 songs Whitfield wrote and or recorded are “Hallelujah, Anyhow,” “I’m Encouraged,” “God Wants Our Praises,” and “We Need A Word from the Lord.” Thomas Whitfield was inducted into The International Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. He also was honored posthumously with the 1999 James Cleveland Award at the 14th Annual Stellar Music Awards. The Thomas Whitfield Company and Whitfield’s brothers (through The Whitfield Music Group) continue “The Maestro’s” music legacy.

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The Clark Sisters

where new talent was introduced before thousands. As her health declined, Dr. Clark never lost the fire and passion for her mission, and she learned to give all she had with whatever God gave her and believed He would do the rest. An accomplished musician, singer, arranger, composer, leader, director, teacher, and exemplary woman of God, Dr. Clark died on September 22, 1994. The legacy of Dr. Mattie Moss Clark is one that will stand as a testament to the anointing of God and his gifts, what she accomplished is matched by only a handful of anointed vessels, cementing her standing as the true “First Lady” of gospel music

Thomas Anthony Whitfield 1954-1992

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5 Things That KILL a Strong Leadership Finish

by Ed Stetzer

I was recently in a meeting discussing the future of an evangelical movement. The person I was with shared a great challenge — one of the most prominent leaders of their movement was not finishing well, making it hard for the movement to envision a successful future. That conversation soon turned to why this happened — and how it happens elsewhere. Within a few minutes, we had identified four others who showed similar patterns. They were all older leaders, were immensely respected, yet who were finishing poorly, griping, complaining and often undercutting those who will likely become their successors. My guess is that you would not be surprised with some of the names, and you could probably quickly identify others in your own movement who have done the same, but that is not really the point. After our meeting concluded, I continued to ponder the situation even more. Why do some leaders end so well — Calvin Miller, Jack Hayford, Bob Russell, Roy Fish and so many more- — while others go out not in a blaze of glory, but in a blaze of gory? They finish poorly and leave a mess in their wake. In some cases, they even undo some of the tremendous progress God used them to create in the years prior. They have all been key leaders — and some still are — though many of those who have followed in their stead are ready for the former leaders to move on to greener pastures, other ministries or just down the road. That grieves me and makes me wonder why some leaders don’t finish well, as the Bible often reminds us to do. I think there are some common factors shared by those who don’t end well. Here are my five observations: 1. They did not trust the very people they developed for succession. In all the cases (there were no exceptions in the leaders considered), they had obvious successors with whom they were disappointed. In some cases, the outgoing leader actively tried to get yet another successor to replace their original successor (without, it appears, considering they might also be

disappointed in the replacement successor). Those who are not finishing well seem to always be dissatisfied with who succeeds them, almost as if they are looking for, but unable to find, a clone of themselves. 2. They fought over things which were just not that important. These leaders were not arguing over big things like the virgin birth or nature of the Godhead. Instead, they entangled themselves in perceived offenses, worship styles, minor theological nuances and more. They majored on the minors, and those who were the objects of that constant attention knew another “concern” was just around the corner. 3. Their identities were too connected to their movement. These “faltering-at-the-finish” leaders could not perceive a time when other leaders would be in place, or that they might do things differently. As a result, they continued to try to control everything until they marginalized themselves. Ironically, they now have less influence in movements that see them as heroes. 4. They grew angrier as they grew older. In every case, their tone became louder,

angrier and more belligerent. Openly blurting complaints was common. The people who loved them opined of the many angry voicemails or emails they had received. In all the cases, the next generation of leaders would “take one for the team.” But, after a while, even the most wellconditioned team will get tired. 5. They could not hand over what they helped create. Perhaps this was the clearest of all. All of these leaders were used of God to create great things, movements, ministries and change. In the end, they just couldn’t trust the movement’s members — even the ones they had personally trained — to continue what they started. Yet, there is a better way. I remember watching Jack Hayford at a meeting conducted with the Foursquare national cabinet — about 70 of their key national leaders. I facilitated the meeting from the stage, helping them to find a new president and look to the future. Pastor Jack (that’s what we all call him) was retiring and they needed (and had) an honest conversation about where things were, are, and needed to go. A minor portion of that conversation included

criticism of some of Jack’s decisions — as he sat on the front row! After the discussion was done, he asked to speak, and I gulped. He got up, thanked me, and then praised the forthright conversation that had just taken place. The humility it took to do that is only one quality that made him one who is finishing well. I want to be careful here: This post is not intended to incite gossip or bitterness toward those who have gone before us. If we aren’t careful, our conversation can spiral into unguarded accusations and frustrations. That’s not helpful, nor is it biblical. I won’t post any derogatory comments or attempts to guess identities, but I think this moment is worth considering — particularly since there seems to be a pattern. And this is a clear and repeated pattern in many movements. Yet, if we don’t examine unhealthy patterns, we — and by that I mean ME — can fall prey to repeating the same mistakes. To be honest, I do find some of those tendencies in my own heart at times — and I don’t want that to grow and take root in me (or you). We ought to be sharpening one another as iron sharpens iron. We ought to look at the examples of those who have gone on before us (1 Cor. 10:1-13), both the good and the bad. Then we need to take a look in the mirror and examine ourselves. I want to ask two questions for your consideration: How should we handle it when those we respect are in the position of not finishing well? And how should we prepare ourselves for our own eventual transitions from leadership? Ed Stetzer is President of LifeWay Research and LifeWay’s Missiologist in Residence. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine and Catalyst Monthly, serves on the advisory council of Sermon Central and Christianity Today’s Building Church Leaders, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. Visit Ed Stetzer at www.edstetzer.com/

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columbus oh ministry spotlight

New Covenant Believers’ Church

“Bringing Lives Into Focus with the Word to Serve.” With Biblical principles as our foundation, our purpose is to serve others and wholistically minister the Gospel of Christ in contemporary and creative expressions. We are an educated, healthy, and passionate community that models the life of Christ in our relationships. We are a center of worship, outreach, education, recreation and social service. Each element gives people various avenues to discover the totality of the Word of God and the Christian faith. ment of NCBC Human Services Corporation and its programs New Covenant Believers’ Church is a vibrant, dynamic and growing congregation with effective leadership that is determined to impact this generation and change history!

Bishop Howard Tillman

Bishop Howard and First Lady Glenneth Tillman

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In the fall of 1989, Bishop Howard Tillman received a vision; he was in a room standing beside a door and in his hand was a key. God said to him, “Place the key in the door”. He obeyed the voice of the Lord and he did so. The Lord said, “Turn the knob” and he obeyed. When the door opened, water came rushing into the room. The water symbolized the Holy Ghost. It was then that Bishop knew that it was time to start a church. It was during this vision that New Covenant Believers’ Church (NCBC) was birthed. On January 28, 1990, NCBC distributed its first membership cards and 65 people immediately joined the New Covenant family. Since that memorable day, the New Covenant Believers’ Church currently counts a membership of more than 750 individuals, with weekly attendance of more than 900. Now in our next phase of ministry, New Covenant counts among God’s victories: • Purchasing and developing our current site and building • Building the Focus Center, our 52,000 square foot education, recreation and administrative facility • Further development of the 40+ acre Holistic Life Campus • More than 30 operating ministries, programs and services • Continued promotion and develop-

Bishop Howard Tillman has traveled the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has served in several local, state and national leadership capacities, shared the stage with some of the nation’s renowned ministers and shattered conventional styles of worship, preaching and leadership. Yet with all he has accomplished, Bishop Howard Tillman has remained unassuming and humble. As a native of Springfield, Ohio, Bishop Tillman was raised with a firm foundation in the power of prayer, the application of the Word and serving others. These roots proved particularly powerful as they influenced his decision as a teen to formally accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior; three months later, in January 1967, he was endued with power from the baptism of the Holy Spirit. By 1969, Bishop Tillman had accepted his call to minister the Gospel, moved to Columbus and married Glenneth M. Newman. He attended Wittenberg and Franklin Universities, and graduated from Aenon Bible College in 1975 where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education. During this time, Bishop Tillman was an active member of the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, where he excelled in leadership roles and served as the church’s youth ministry leader. In 1973, he founded the “United Apostolic Christian Fellowship” and also became the Vice-President of the Ohio District Council Young People’s Union of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., where he continued in this role See NCBC, Page 9


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NCBC from page 8 until 1975, when he was ordained as a minister. Bishop Tillman’s life journey is bursting with numerous faith steps. One of his first (and perhaps most significant) faith step occurred in 1978 when God directed him to leave his managerial position at a local financial institution and forge ahead as founder, president and chief evangelist of The End-Time Revival Evangelistic Crusade (TETREC). The crusades, led by Bishop Tillman, and the choir that was birthed from the organization became nationally known; the choir recorded three live albums during its tenure. Bishop Tillman traveled on cru-

sades throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean and helped establish new churches in Montgomery, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Albany, New York; Greenwood, Mississippi; and Wilmington, Delaware. During this period he served in several capacities as a prominent and influential leader in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. They are namely, Youth President of the Southern Ohio District Council Young People’s Union (1972 – 1974); Coordinator for the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union Convention (1974 - 1976); Vice President and President of the Ohio District Council Youth Department (1973 – 1975 and 1975 – 1977, respectively); Vice President and President of the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union (1976 – 1982 and 1982 – 1988, respectively).

Another faith step prompted the birth of New Covenant Believers’ Church, Inc. Bishop Tillman was preparing to minister in Birmingham, AL in 1989 when he saw a vision. Upon his return home that same evening, Bishop Tillman accepted the call to the pastorate. New Covenant Believers’ Church (NCBC) held its first service on Nov. 5, 1989 at the King Arts Complex. Within five years, the ministry had outgrown the facility, purchased more than 40 acres of prime real estate and built its current sanctuary -- phase one of an ongoing building project. In 1999, the ministry completed phase two by erecting the Focus Center, a 52,000 square foot building that houses an early childhood learning center, fitness center, fully equipped kitchen, classrooms and expansive administrative offices. The Focus

Center further cultivates Bishop Tillman’s vision to reach outside the church walls to impact the lives of individuals in all walks of life in the surrounding community. The New Covenant Believers’ Church mission is “Bringing Live Into Focus with the Word to Serve.” ™ The ministry’s vision is to create disciples who understand that serving others through acts of kindness and love will compel others to Christ. NCBC is a ministry that believes strongly in ministering to the entire person – body, soul and spirit. As a result the ministry continually creates and promotes programs and events like its annual Healing a Generation Conference that educate, empower and inform in arenas like health, finances and family wellness. In 2001, See NCBC, Page 16

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Be a Witness for Change: Healing a Generation 2013 A generation is on trial, and it’s almost time for closing arguments. Will the prosecution convince the judge that today’s generation of youth and young adults are guilty of familial negligence, community violence, and educational irresponsibility? Or will the defense persuade the judge to show leniency while arguing that ‘the village’ let them down and are just as responsible. You are invited to participate as a witness for change at Healing a Generation 2013: The Case of Generational Theft at New Covenant Believers’ Church, June 23 & June 28 – June 30. This year’s conference is all about empowering people to become the change that is needed in our communities. Change only happens when each person determines that old methods won’t work anymore. We determine what will happen to our children’s

futures. To kick off the week’s events Bishop Clifford and Sis. Pamela Frazier present the case for why healthy families are crucial to our community’s health on Sunday, June 23 during NCBC’s 10 am worship service. The Frazier’s belief in healthy families is a core value of their non-profit organization, Battle for the Family. The couple’s extensive counseling and training experience extend to youth, families, and marriages. Their wealth of knowledge, sprinkled with humor and wit, breathes hope into those struggling with life’s challenges. The conference goes into full swing on Friday, June 28 with Dr. Steve Perry, whose pull-no-punches style and intensity have

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host of TVOne’s Save My Son docudrama, where he exposes at-risk boys and young men to a world beyond violence, drugs, gangs, and reckless behavior. Perry is also the principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet

given him a national platform. Perry is the

School in Hartford, CT, which boasts a 100 percent graduation rate. “We’re excited to welcome Dr. Steve Perry to NCBC,” said Bishop Howard Tillman, conference host and NCBC pastor

and founder. “I believe he has an important perspective to share with parents, their children, and our community. He is on the See HAG 2013, Page 33

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Fatherhood Expo Returns to City of Columbus

Michael Hargrove

Columbus, OH - D.A.D.D.S., Inc. will host the second Fatherhood Expo on June 14-16, 2013 at COSI located at 333 W. Broad St. in downtown Columbus. The Fatherhood Expo is a one-of-akind, weekend celebration that encourages and equips fathers and father figures to empower themselves and their families. The event will kick off with a Parents Night Out event on Friday evening followed by a series of activities on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend features “The State of the Family Union” Town Hall Meeting, a trade show of resources and activities for fathers and

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families alike, educational workshops, the D.A.D.D.S. Sports League Launch and an All Pro Dads® Banquet. The D.A.D.D.S. Sports League Launch on Saturday night will introduce a new health and wellness initiative that keeps fathers active and engaged with their children through a variety of sports including basketball, baseball, flag football, golf, tennis and more. Throughout the weekend, health providers including the Central Ohio Diabetes Association will be on-site providing health screenings for attendees. The celebration ends with a banquet on Sunday afternoon

where guests can nominate fathers for the “D.A.D.D.S. of the Year” Awards. The award categories are: Father, Grandfather, FatherFigure and Fatherhood Ambassador. “It is necessary to realize that the future of society begins and ends with family, with fathers laying the foundation. Our goal with the Fatherhood Expo is to provide a platform to celebrate and equip fathers who love being Dads! While ties, house shoes and socks are cool for Father’s Day, we thought a gift of an entire weekend that focuses on Dad See FATHERHOOD 2013, Page 13


FATHERHOOD from page 12 would be awesome! I look forward to recognizing and celebrating my fellow fathers. We are endeavoring to provide an amazing experience for them and their families at COSI!â&#x20AC;? says Michael Hargrove, Founder and C.E.O. of D.A.D.D.S., Inc. Admission to the various Fatherhood Expo activities range from $10 to $50 and includes discounted tickets to COSI. For more information about the weekend celebration, to purchase tickets, or for sponsorship and promotional opportunities, visit www.fatherhoodexpo.com or contact a Fatherhood Expo representative at (866) 873-2337 ext. 102.

Dads Actualizing Divine Destinies Simultaneously Inc. (D.A.D.D.S., Inc.) is a parent-consulting firm that began as a support group in July 2004. It has grown into an organization that focuses on empowering fathers to become pillars of their families and communities. D.A.D.D.S., Inc. provides information, education, advocacy, and training that equips fathers, communities, and organizations by addressing common family issues, building strategic alliances and developing work-life balance solutions that create the best possible parenting environment.

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The Battle For the Family Fighting For Families, One Family At A Time

The Battle For the Family’s vision was born out of a troubling observation Pamela Frazier made early in the Fraziers’ ministry. She said “Honey, it looks like all we’re doing is putting out fires. There must be a better way to deal with the family issues we’re handling.” The Fraziers interpreted her observation as a divine call to them to focus attention on helping people realize the true value and worth of successful family living. The result of their prayer, planning and commitment was The Battle For The Family vision. Its beginnings were small to be sure, but always focused in the monumental task of helping broken families, angry and disillusioned couples, abused and stunted children emerge from their pain through teaching, counseling and compassionate involvement in their lives to enjoy the blessings of wholesome family life. From the start, the Battle for the Family concept was enthusiastically received. At first, The Battle for the Family vision was confined to a series of seminars and training sessions conducted each year in the month of February. With Valentine’s Day being the weekend in February recognized as the weekend of love, and coincidently the same weekend of Clifford Frazier’s birthday, it seemed that dedicating the month of February was an ideal way of promoting The Battle For The Family concept. However, not even a whole month of intensive, focused and family specific events were sufficient remedies for the problems. People needed perpetual and long-term help. The Battle For The Family concept was expanded to a weekly series of classes designed to offer life-changing information to people in all categories of family living. The Fraziers designed programs for Married people that covered not only relationship issues but also money management, extended family management, and other strategies for helping people discover that wholesome family life was not the impossible dream. Thinking that they had effectively responded to the mandate to help families, the Fraziers were satisfied that they were doing what needed to be done. Once again, though, Pamela was troubled. She observed, “Honey, do you realize that we have more singles than married people? And yet all of

gle well into their forties, child siblings have to deal with understanding why they don’t call the same man father. Indeed this is not just a battle we are in a WAR! The Battle for the Family vision broadened its horizons beyond the church house to go to the community at large. We started a daily, live radio broadcast titled “Straight From The Heart.” This outreach was a combination of teaching and live phone callins where real life issues were ministered to right then and there. The response was overwhelming. The program began as a 15-minute show. The station manager convinced us to expand it to 30 minutes. Within months the show aired for an hour each day. The next step was obvious – television. The Battle For the Family vision launched the “Straight From The Heart” telecast on the DayStar Network. But the vision could not be contained by our local area, soon the Battle For the Family vision started serving ministries, corporations and organizations around the country and the world. It is the expansion of the Internet, though, that has ushered in a new era in the Battle For The Family vision. Now, via the battleblog, Battle For the Family webisodes and webinars, life-changing teaching is available to people around the world

Meet The Team Bishop Clifford L. Frazier

Bishop Clifford L. Frazier and Pamela J. Frazier our emphasis is on married life. If we’re not careful, we’re going to alienate the largest population we serve.” It was out of that observation that Battle For the Family vision fleshed out its total purpose. For if the battle was for the family, all members of the family must be served. The Battle For The Family vision en-

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compasses the realities of contemporary life. People are dealing with profound challenges. Gone are the picket fence 2.5 children traditional styled families. In its place are the realities of a new kind of family life. Single parent homes will soon out number dual parent homes, divorce recovery is a growth industry, people are remaining sin-

Bishop Clifford L. Frazier was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his education at Ohio University, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications with a minor in English in 1973 and earning a Masters of Theology from Tyndale Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX June 1992. He is presently working towards his Sac.Th.D., Doctor of Systematic Theology degree. In 1975, he began pursuing a career in the television industry working as on-air talent, producer-director and in production. See family, Page 15


Family from page 14 Beginning working at WVIZ-TV Cleveland, he then worked with the NBC Network in engineering and subsequently with the 3M Company in its Public Relations Department and as an eight state regional salesman in the Video Products Department. In March 1975 he married Pamela J. Parks, also a Cleveland native. After they received the call to the ministry, the Fraziers abandoned their professional careers and concentrated on God’s work. Bishop Frazier was ordained in August 1980. In 1981, one year after moving to Dallas, Texas, they started Calvary Temple Church, later renamed Heartline Ministries Worship Center. In 1997, he accepted the invitation to pastor The City of Life Christian Church in St. Louis, MO, a thriving, multi-cultural church with an ever-expanding vision for bringing families together through a comprehensive approach including teaching and specialized counseling services. Pamela J. Frazier Pamela J. Frazier was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in the Cleveland Public School system. She enrolled in BaldwinWallace College majoring in music. She completed her education at Southern Methodist University, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 1975, she married Clifford L. Frazier, also a Cleveland native. She is the mother of two lovely daughters, Leah and Janelle and is the proud grandmother of four beautiful children Khemberlyn, Nylah, Jayden, and Landon. Early on, Pamela Frazier distinguished herself as a consummate musician with the woodwind instruments, playing the Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Contrabass Clarinet, ultimately specializing in the Bassoon. She attended the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC and had several guest appearances with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. In 1981, Pamela Frazier answered the call of God on her life and partnered together with her husband to establish Calvary Temple Church later renamed HeartLine Ministries in Dallas, TX. There was always a fresh anointing on her life as she immersed herself in all areas of the work of the Lord. While she became a profound teacher, counselor, administrator and friend to the congregation, she never lost sight of her first love - music. As a result she brought her considerable musical skills to the minis-

try operating as Minister of Music. In this capacity, she was the founder and musical director for the “Breakthrough Choir.” That choir soon became known in Dallas as an awesome music ministry. This choir was featured at numerous Christian Theatrical presentations including Michael Matthew’s “Mama I want to sing,” “Mama Don’t” and “Fake Friends.” The Breakthrough Choir also performed at the Black Expo, The Texas State Fair and other prominent events. Everyone knew that “Mama’s” passion was her music. Leah A. McCoy Leah A. McCoy was born in St. Paul, MN on December 15, 1975 to Bishop Clifford L. and Co-Pastor Pamela J. Frazier, founders of the Battle for the Family Organization. She spent most of her life in Dallas, TX. Early on she developed a reputation for leadership. Leah was known as a good friend and confidant to all signaling then her developing gift as a counselor. As a Psychology major at Baylor University she was involved in various activities both social and professional in nature. She also spent countless hours in Play Therapy Research focusing on Child Psychology. In the spring of 1999, just before graduation, Leah received her certification in Rape & Incest Crisis Counseling from the Texas Association Against Sexual Abuse. Shortly after her graduation she joined the rest of her family in St. Louis, MO. Leah received her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Webster University – October 2004, graduating with honors distinction. She currently works as a Marriage and Family Counselor. Leah is known for her counseling focus in Sexual Health and Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse, Human Sexuality and Couples Therapy. Janelle E. Frazier Janelle E. Frazier was born in Dallas, TX to Bishop Clifford L. and Co-Pastor Pamela J. Frazier, founders of The Battle for the Family Organization. In 1999, Janelle graduated from Pattonville High School, after moving to St. Louis, MO with her parents. During her time at Pattonville, she participated in a variety of activities and clubs. See family, Page 16 JUNE 2013 | praisereporter.com | (888) 963-7186 | 15


NCBC from page 9 NCBC Human Services Corporation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was created as a subsidiary company of NCBC to provide mentoring, fitness programming, early childhood education, and other community outreach avenues to the greater Columbus area. Bishop Tillman’s dreams, visions, and plans continue to unfold as he leads the growing ministry of New Covenant Believers’ Church with enthusiasm and steadfast dedication. His desire to see other ministries and pastors reach their maximum potential led him to establish and conduct City Wide Crusades 2001-2003. As a continuation of that desire, he co-founded the Advancing the Kingdom Conference, a pastoral/leadership conference with a mission to “leave no church behind”. Bishop Tillman exemplifies a passion for the success of marriages, family and youth. He continues to create training and developmental programs for these critical areas that profoundly affect today’s society. In 2004, his first book was published, “Deliverance from Denial”; his first CD was also released that year, entitled, “Inspiration for the Time”. In 2006, an Episcopal Consecration and Ordination service was held, elevating Tillman to the office of Bishop. In 2008, Bishop Tillman selfpublished his second book “I Need a Ride”. Bishop Tillman and his wife and life partner in ministry, the former Glenneth M. Newman, have been blessed with three sons, and are proud and active grandparents.

Family from page 15 She was a member of the Minority Achievement Club (MAC), Parrot Pep Squad, and the Choir. While diverse in her interests, she focused much of her attention on her journalistic passion influencing students and community members alike as a student writer for the Pattonville school paper. After working for several years in accounting as a night auditor, Janelle realized that she was very much interested in business administration and management. Janelle enrolled in Fontbonne University where she majors in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resource Management. She is a full-time student, and BFTF team member specializing in issues related to young adults and single young adult mothers. Janelle is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters, Khemberlyn and Nylah. Being a single mother and full-time student, while actively engaged in her career, Janelle is no stranger to the pressures of life. She has experienced her share of dating and relationship disappointments and financial hardships as well. However, Janelle remains steadfast in her belief that “With God All Things are Possible.” See family, Page 37

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The 5th Annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards & Partners Announce A Music Health and Wellness Festival

Dorothy Norwood

Dr. Charles G. Hayes

Dwayne Woods

Shirley Murdock

All roads leads to Jacksonville Florida, July 24-28, 2013 for the 5th Annual Rhythm Of Gospel Awards. (www.therhythmofgospelawards.com (http://www.therhythmofgospelawards.com/)) This televised awards show is an annual event filled with a variety of innovative and exciting showcases, and achievement galas, bringing in over 6,500 excited, tourists, church, social and civic groups, families and business professionals throughout the entire USA, Canada, and Bahamas. This awards show is the “Official & The Largest” Independent Gospel Show, giving independent gospel artist both a national platform, and a positive collaboration which supports artist of all ethnicities in various genres of gospel music. This

years’ event will spotlight 54 categories of recognition and will honor 16 Distinguished Pastors, National & Independent Gospel Artists and Radio Personalities, giving them the opportunity to network formally while congratulating trailblazers from various sectors of the community and music industry. Contributions to the Independent Gospel Music industry have been the best-kept secret in America. This award show is an ongoing project and has been in existence for 5 years, and already has acclaimed excellence being rated #3 amongst some of the more prestigious awards shows in the nation. This newly acclaimed show is constantly growing and is said to become one of the nation’s best premiered gospel

events in the country for unfound gospel talent. In collaboration with this year’s awards celebration, we are also proud to announce that The National & Independent Gospel Music Association (N.I.G.M.A.) one of this years’ hosting and sponsoring organizations will hosts a “Music Health & Wellness Festival” on Friday July 26th 2013 for Families Of Slain Children Inc. This outdoor festival will feature over 15 different local, regional and national musical acts from Alternative Christian Rock, Southern Gospel, Traditional, Contemporary, Gospel Hip Hop, Urban, and Folk music. Special Guest Appearances will be made by national recording artists and stellar award winning Mrs. Dorothy Nor-

wood, Dr. Charles G. Hayes, B Chase Williams & Shabach, Dwayne Woods, Lemmie Battles, Wes Morgan, Tonya Baker, Shirley Murdock, Michelle Prather, and BET Sunday’s Bests Finalist Maurice Griffin. The Rhythm Of Gospel is Proud To Be Sponsored By: AT& T, Gospel USA Magazine, Wyndham Downtown Riverwalk, Omni Hotel Resorts, JBV “Let’s Talk About It”, MyFaith Network, National & Independent Gospel Music Association, New Day Distribution & SunTrust Bank Sponsorship & Vending opportunities are still available. More detailed information can be found at www.therhythmofgospelawards. com or by calling us at 210-745-5858 ext. 109.

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live recording Award-Winning Gospel Superstar Donald Lawrence to Host a Star-Studded Live Recording Recording Will Mark 20 Years In Music For Much-Anticipated Celebration Album: Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration Volumes I & II

Natalie Grant

Karen Clark Sheard

Donald Lawrence

Kierra Sheard

Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Coko (of SWV)

Rudy Currence

NASHVILLE, TN (May 15, 2013) – Grammy® Award-winning Gospel superstar, songwriter and producer Donald Lawrence will kick off a star-studded live recording from his home base in Chicago on Tuesday, June 18th for the first part in his much-anticipated two-volume 20th Year Anniversary album, Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration Volumes I & II. Celebrat-

ing 20 years for the musical trailblazer since releasing his first album with the Tri-City Singers, a host of diverse performers will join Lawrence for this milestone live album recording of Volume I, including CCM star Natalie Grant, the legendary Karen ClarkSheard, Kierra Sheard, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Coko (of SWV), DTP Records’ soul singer Rudy Currence, Faith Evans, Lalah

Hathaway, Kelly Price, Ted & Sheri, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Lawrence’s backing ensemble The Co., and dancing to Lawrence’s tune “Beautiful Feet” superstar director/ choreographer/dancer Laurieann Gibson. Taking place at Lawrence’s longtime Chicago-area home church – Dr. Bill Winston’s Living Word Christian Center – the prolific artist and his special guests will fill

the stage with an inspiring evening of fresh, rousing performances on beloved hits such as “Say A Prayer for Me,” “Mighty God” and more, in this free live recording. Marking the first collaboration between Lawrence’s production company Quiet Water Entertainment and eOne Music in their

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Faith Evans

Lalah Hathaway

Kelly Price

Bishop Hezekiah Walker

Dancer Laurieann Gibson

Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration, Volume I Live Recording: Chicago Tuesday, June 18, 2013 – 7 PM CST Living Word Christian Center 7600 W. Roosevelt Rd. Forest Park, IL 60130

To connect with Donald Lawrence, visit: Website: www.donaldlawrence.com Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DonaldLawrence Facebook: www.Facebook.com/dlawrencemusic Instagram: www.instagram.com/donaldlawrence About Entertainment One As the #1 independent music brand in North America, Entertainment One Music produces, distributes, licenses and promotes some of the world’s top music. Its integrated platform encompasses all aspects of the music business including record labels, music publishing, distribution, sales, and digital content services, with a comprehensive music licensing catalog representing virtually every music genre. Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

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partnership, the long-awaited 20-year celebration album will mix new music and fan favorites, with Lawrence’s live recording for Volume II to take place back in Charlotte, NC with the Tri-City Singers and other guests at a later date. Says Lawrence, “Join me in Chicago for what will be an unforgettable evening of special performances with my friends; I am excited they can join me here on stage and we have an incredible celebration in store. The past 20 years have been filled with so many blessings that would not have been possible without God and your amazing support, and I look forward to celebrating in this live recording with you and sharing many more experiences in the years to come.” An in-demand artist, composer and producer whose talents cross genres from Gospel to R&B, jazz and more, Donald Lawrence’s music ministry continues to inspire and lead the way with fans around the world and his peers in the music industry. A multiple Stellar Award-winner, Lawrence’s impact in music since the 1993 release of A Songwriter’s Point of View with the Tri-City Singers includes numerous hits including the #1 singles “The Blessing of Abraham,” “Back II Eden,” and countless arrangements and production work.

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Clarence McClendon, Deitrick Haddon Among Cast for “Pastors of L.A.” Show to Premiere Fall 2013 on Oxygen

Bishop Noel Jones

Deitrick Haddon

Bishop Clarence McClendon

Pastor Wayne Chaney

NEW YORK, NY – Oxygen Media has teamed up with Lemuel Plummer, the creator and executive producer of “Vindicated” and producer of “The Sheards,” and Holly Carter, creator and executive producer of “106 & Gospel” and executive producer of “The Sheards,” for the network’s latest series greenlight, “Pastors of L.A.” (working title), an authentic new docu-series set to premiere in the fall of 2013. “Pastors of

L.A.” will give viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the COMMUNITY and with their parishioners to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit. ‘Pastors of L.A.’ documents these larger than life characters who are rock stars in

their communities, with a fresh, unique perspective that will resonate with our young audience,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “By teaming up with Lemuel and Holly who are some of the best creative minds in the business and heavily respected within this COMMUNITY, we can deliver this authentic series with integrity, while also staying right on brand

with Oxygen.” “We are delighted to work with Oxygen to develop this groundbreaking series on the extraordinary lives of some of the most prominent pastors in America,” said Lemuel Plummer. “I come to this project with a respect and understanding of their world, having grown up as the son of a pas-

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PASTORS from page 22 tor and religious broadcasters. We intend to portray the human side of these pastors and the real world in which they live and work.” “This show documents a journey of transparency from one man to the next as they endeavor to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery,” adds Holly Carter who holds a doctorate of divinity with an emphasis on marketplace ministry and is the daughter of a pastor and an industry veteran in faith and inspirational development and programming. “It’s a dose of reality and a pound of redemption coming from a creative team reared in the church.”

MEET THE CAST OF “PASTORS OF L.A.”: Bishop Noel Jones (@BishopNoelJones) A Jamaican born into poverty, Bishop Noel Jones has made his way to the other extreme, now living on a hilltop with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu at his feet, and across the street from the former home of the late L.A. Lakers owner, Jerry Buss. The pastor of a church full of celebrities, and the brother of Grace Jones, Bishop Jones is headed towards retirement and looking for a successor who he can entrust his life’s work. But finding the right man is harder than it sounds. Deitrick Haddon (@DeitrickHaddon) The son of a bishop and an evangelist, Deitrick was preaching at the age of eleven and conducting the church choir at thirteen. At twentythree he married the woman he was expected to marry – the lead soprano of the church choir. However, everything didn’t continue as perfectly as the church had hoped. Deitrick and his wife got a divorce and the members of the church shunned him. Aside from the call on his life, the one thing that helped him from hitting rock bottom was his music. A dynamic personality, singer, songwriter, and preacher, Deitrick finds himself at animpasse in life. Which road will he choose? Bishop Clarence McClendon (@BishopMcClendon) Bishop Clarence McClendon appears throughout the world on his weekly international broadcast, which is available in 250 million homes worldwide. This charismatic and ubiquitous bishop has been noted for his contemporary and relevant approach to the Gospel. He believes the Gospel is not only for the down and out but for the up and out. His ministry spans from skid row to the estates of Bel Air. When challenged about what many have called his prosperity Gospel, Bishop replies, “there is no other kind of Gospel.” See pastors, Page 32

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lifestyle

Bring Your Personal

Design Style to Life (Family Features) You’ve made the decision to remodel your home. The budget range and project scope have been set, but now you aren’t sure how to begin this new adventure. Following a few simple guidelines and tips can simplify the process of turning your vision into a ravishing remodel. Set the Style Scene Many homeowners know exactly where their preferences fall on the style spectrum, while others have no idea. As a first step, identify your personal style before moving forward with any steps of the remodel. There are even websites that offer a style quiz to help you deter-

mine where your style falls. Even if you think you know what you want for a space, develop a mood board to help you visualize your design style. A mood board will ensure that others, such as professionals or family members, understand your vision. Gather items on your board such as colors, patterns and images that make you feel good. You (and a designer) can make sense and draw meaning from it later. There are some great resources online for developing these boards. Pinterest, a tool that enables users to “pin” their favorite items, is extremely useful for finding ideas and forming a vision. Start by following leading home products companies, such as KraftMaid Cabi-

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netry, on Pinterest to help collect inspirational images. Turn Dreams into Design Once you are in tune with your style, engage a designer. The remodeling process is overwhelming and designers are a great resource. “One of the biggest advantages to working with a designer on a home project is that they really understand functionality, while accomplishing your desired style,” says Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. “By telling a designer the details of your lifestyle and gripes about your current layout, they can turn out a well-de-

signed space that will fit all of your needs.” Working with professionals doesn’t have to break the bank and can actually save you time, money and provide peace of mind in the long run. Avoid costly mistakes and ensure that the professionals you hire are fully certified and qualified for the task. Great kitchens and baths start with great design. At the end of the day, you’ll be thankful for the time spent during the dreaming and designing phases of your remodel. These steps will help bring your dream to life, just the way you imagined it. For more design inspiration and to take the Explore Your Style Quiz, visit www.kraftmaid.com.


lifestyle

Fatherly Tips for Raising

Healthy, Successful Kids Children Benefit From Involved Fathers (Family Features) Everyone knows the classic love story. Man and woman fall in love, get married, have a baby and live happily ever after. However, real life isn’t always the fairy tale. While today’s version of the modern family has changed over time, the importance of parental involvement in children’s lives has not. However, one out of every three American children (about 24 million) lives in a home without their biological father. According to research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (or CASA), these children are more likely use drugs and experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems. “Having both biological parents active in a child’s life has proven to have a positive effect on both the child’s social development and academic achievement,” says Dr. Janet Taylor, an author and community psychiatrist in the New York City area who frequently counsels families. For kids, growing up in an environment where both parents are involved is important to their long-term development, health and well-being. Dr. Taylor provides the following advice for dads on how they can stay active in their child’s life, even if they are not the primary caregiver. Share meals together: According research by CASA, children who share regular meals with their parents earn better grades in school than those who do not. Set a goal to share a meal with your child at least two days per week. Dinner doesn’t have to be elaborate. The focus should be on “Having both biological parents active in a child’s life has proven to have a positive effect on both the child’s social development and academic achievement,” says Dr. Janet Taylor, an

Photo courtesy of Getty Images author and community psychiatrist in the New “Having both biological parents active in a child’s life has York City area who freproven to have a positive effect on both the child’s social dequently counsels famivelopment and academic achievement,” says Dr. Janet Taylor, lies. communication. Plan fun activities: an author and community psychiatrist in the New York City No matter where you area who frequently counsels families. go or how much money you spend, every ter for Education Statistics, when fathers moment spent with your child is a chance to create positive memo- get involved in their child’s education, the ries. Set aside time to celebrate your kids’ child is more likely to get good grades, enaccomplishments and special occasions. joy school and participate in extracurricuThis will increase the child’s confidence lar activities. The absence of some men may be due and encourage them to keep trying. Get involved at school: Fathers are a to not fully knowing the paternity of the positive force in their children’s education. child. “Paternity questions are actually more According to a study by the National Cen-

common than you think. In fact, a recent survey found that one in five Americans said that they, or a close friend or family member, have questioned paternity,” adds Dr. Taylor. In these cases, the mother may choose to take on full responsibility, or the man may be reluctant to be a father to a child that he’s not sure is his. Regardless, addressing paternity questions is the most responsible and caring decision for the child involved. Test kits like the Identigene DNA Paternity Test are available at drug stores and supercenters, and offer 100 percent accurate and confidential results within a matter of days. Learn more about Identigene at www. DNAtesting.com.

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business & finance

Getting Your Financial House In Order If you’re thinking—or just dreaming—about becoming a homeowner, before even setting foot on potential properties, it’s critical to make sure your financial house is in order.

Here are tips that can help: • Ensure that you can truly afford your home. Take into account your entire financial picture. A number of online tools can help you estimate the price of a home you can afford based on your income, debts and other obligations. For example, there’s Front Door’s affordability calculator at www.frontdoor.com. There are also mortgage calculators that can show you how a larger down payment can lower your monthly mortgage payment. • Consider the positives—and the negatives—of homeownership. Homeowners can reap considerable benefits including tax breaks, home appreciation and the opportunity to build personal wealth. Today, home equity—the value of the house minus the balance owed—represents a large portion of a typical family’s wealth. However, it’s important to remember that owning a home comes with a number of financial obligations. Having to replace a roof, an appliance or something larger can

cause considerable hardship if not properly planned for. • Start building equity from day one. If you have a down payment of less than 20 percent, mortgage insurance is often necessary. This is typically obtained through either the government-backed Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or a private mortgage insurer. Private mortgage insurance is commonly used when putting at least 5 percent down, while FHA loans can require as little as 3.5 percent. While many firsttime borrowers believe 3.5 percent is the better option, the added costs layered on top of the mortgage—in addition to recently increased FHA insurance premiums-are significantly more expensive than with a 5 percent down payment on a privately insured loan. By putting the 5 percent down, you can enter a home with more equity and build equity faster. • Remember the additional costs of homeownership. These can include closing costs; homeowner’s insurance; city and county property taxes; utilities; and, if you buy in a planned subdivision or a condominium, homeowner’s association fees. Before you buy a home, it’s important to understand the full cost of ownership. When you do, you can have a home you love and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re prepared. To learn more, visit www.SmarterMI.com.

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business & finance Claim all of your Credits and Deductions this Tax Season

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist

When W-2 forms begin arriving in the mail, it’s a sure sign that tax season has again returned. This year, however, there will be a slight delay for tax filers. Due to the lateness of tax law changes made by Congress, IRS will begin processing returns on January 30. This date will apply regardless of whether tax returns are e-filed or on paper. The consumer benefit from this brief delay means tax filers have more time to identify and include every available credit. Depending upon family income, size and filing status, several tax credits can boost refunds – especially among low- and moderate- income households. Applying every eligible tax credit will maximize refunds. For example, although four out of five workers are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), IRS advises that one out of four fails to claim the credit for one of two reasons. Either they failed to file a tax return at all, or filed one, but failed to claim what they were due. In 2011, 27 million eligible workers received a total of $62 billion in EITCs, making it the largest tax program for working families, according to the Office of the Controller of the Currency (OCC). This year, workers earning $50,270 or less can apply for EITC. The exact amount of EITC eligibility will vary by income, family size and filing status. Even so, last year the average EITC credit was $2,200, according to IRS. This year, IRS expects that workers, the self-employed and farmers that qualify for this credit could receive even higher refunds. Another key tax credit is the American Opportunity Credit, designed to financially assist parents and students to pay for college expenses. Either individual filers with modified adjusted gross income of $80,000 or less, or married filers with a joint return earning $160,000 or less are eligible to apply. The maximum amount of the annual credit is $2,500 per student, not per family. Eligibility for this tax credit can cover up

to four years of post-secondary education. For consumers of any age pursuing post-secondary education, a Lifetime Learning Credit can help for that cost. Up to $2,000 in qualified, paid educational expenses can be claimed when enrolled in an eligible educational institution. There is an important caveat to claiming this credit: filers can claim either the Lifetime Learning Credit or the American Opportunity Credit; but never both. Additionally, the Lifetime Learning Credit has no limit on the number of years it can be claimed for each student. With so many consumers struggling with student loan debt, tax season also offers a tax deduction on paid student loan interest. If a filer’s modified adjusted gross income is less than $75,000 or less than $150,000 for joint returns, a special deduction is allowed for voluntary and required interest payments. IRS advises that this tax deduction can reduce the amount of income subject to taxation by as much as $2,500. Here’s one last cost-saving tip for tax season: Utilize the free tax assistance services in your area. In many instances, there is no reason for consumers to pay the highcost fees charged by tax services. . IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) available to any worker making $51,000 or less. These IRS-certified volunteers can help filers to determine all eligible credits and/or deductions. Interested consumers are asked to phone 1-800-906-9887 to determine the closest local assistance center. AARP Foundation Tax Aid offers free assistance through more than 6,000 locations nationwide to consumers aged 60 or over. To locate a nearby service center, visit: http://www.aarp.org/applications/ VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at: Charlene.crowell@ responsiblelending.org JUNE 2013 | praisereporter.com | (888) 963-7186 | 27


health & wellness JUNE is Men’s Health Month!

This Men’s Health Month, Encourage Healthy Living

Goal of Men’s Health Month The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among

men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice

Want some interesting and fun things to do during Men’s Health Month? Here are some options. For a more information about putting on a health fair or a screening, visit the MHN HealthZoneTMplanner. Wear Blue Day Plan a “Wear Blue Day” to help spread the knowledge of Men’s Health Month. • Choose your day. Choose any day that works for your group of team. • Choose a goal amount. Set a goal amount to raise, that way you have something to strive for. • Choose BLUE. From blue accessories, to head-to-toe blue work attire, to an excuse to go casual, choose what works best for your group. • Pick and choose. Your group can simply wear blue and have your group and anyone else who wants to participate, donate any amount for wearing blue. • Sell blue prostate cancer pins to wear in support of the fight against prostate cancer. Or, you could include an educational event, such as a men’s health presentation. Or, make it FUN! Put together a contest for the best BLUE attire or host a bake sale to raise additional donations. Be creative, and remember to have fun! Use the following resources to help you run the event: • Wear Blue Donations and Sign up Form (pdf) • Wear Blue Submission form (pdf) Plan a Health Fair We offer a free event planner at www.mhnhealthzone. com . Coordinate with health groups (nonprofits, wellness centers, hospitals, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, etc) to have health information booths. Health fairs can be held in the workplace, community centers, churches, libraries, hospitals, etc. Health fairs can include health screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, PSA (prostate specific antigen), and body fat. Fitness demonstrations from local gyms, yoga centers, karate centers, etc can also be a fun addition. Healthy cooking demonstrations are always a hit. See if a local dietician would want to demonstrate some healthy recipes.

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Plan a mini Health Fair If you don’t have the time to recruit a lot of interactive vendors, you can just put together some tables with information on heart health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, blood pressure, etc. Contact us at 202-543-6461 x 101 for brochures! Presentation on Men’s Health Ask a local nurse, doctor, or health educator to give a lecture on men’s health at your workplace, church, community group, senior center, health department, etc. Fundraisers for Prostate Cancer Plan a fundraiser for Men’s Health Network (MHN) prostate cancer outreach efforts. Plan a 5K Walk in your town. Put out donation jars at local restaurants and stores as well as in your office. Create awareness for men’s health Set up a table at a store, restaurant, hallway at work, gym, library, community center, etc with brochures and information on men’s health and Men’s Health Month. Hold a town hall meeting on a major women’s health issue and broadcast it via satellite to communities across the nation. Ask local churches and other faith-based organizations to talk about Men’s Health Month and to include information about it in the church flyers/newsletters. Distribute health brochures that focus on the health of men and their families. Contact mhw@menshealthweek. org for brochures or download them at www.menshealthlibrary.com . Ask your City Council to issue a resolution regarding National Men’s Health Week, alert the media, and invite

and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

community members to the signing. Send a copy of the proclamation to mhw@menshealthweek.org for display on the web site. Take your dad/brother/uncle/grandfather/significant other to the doctor. Give him a Father’s Day care with a doctor’s appointment as a gift. Plan some fitness activities at lunch time or after work: Bring your coworkers or neighbors together to be healthy and active. Some activities could include: • Walking • Golfing • Tennis • Bowling • Pick up basketball • Softball/baseball • Pick up soccer • Flag football • Frisbee • Bicycling • Hiking Ask local newspapers or media to sponsor writing or poetry contests on the topic of men’s health. You can ask young people to write about the importance of being healthy and how it affects the family. Write an opinion article about men’s health and how it affects the entire family and submit it to your local newspaper. Write an article or letter to the editor explaining how a member of your family worked through his/her health problems and suggesting that the readers get their health checked. Finally: Let us know what your plans are and we can put those on the men’s health calendar perhaps feature it in our national media releases. Send those plans to mhw@menshealthweek.org or call 202-543-6461 x 101. For a sampling of Men’s Health Month activities developed and implemented with our partners, click here. 3 Responses to Things to Do • Pingback: Men’s Health Month « College and University Health Education • Pingback: June: Men’s Health Month « The Vine Events • Pingback: GoHealth Celebrates Men’s Health Month | Insurance Cars Online


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food & dining

Spring Stir-Fry

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about any­thing I plant, so every­t hing gets harvested on time — if not a little earlier.” “When I bring those veggies into my kitchen, nothing shows off their fresh flavor like a little bit of butter — or, even better, Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt. I love this product because it comes in pre-measured, one-quarter cup sticks of butter. That makes prep easier, because so many of my recipes, like my Pasta Primavera, call for just 2 to 4 table­spoons of butter.” If you don’t have a vegetable garden or can’t always get fresh produce, don’t despair. Flash-frozen vegetables retain much of their flavor and nutrient value. Thaw vegetables before using them in these recipes, or just heat them through and toss with high-quality butter for an easy side dish. When they taste this good, kids will be saying, “More veggies, please!”

Family Features

hether you grow your own vegetables or shop the produce aisle in your grocery store, garden-fresh vegetables add beautiful color and great taste to the table. Ree Drummond, known to her fans as The Pioneer Woman, is raising four active kids on a working cattle ranch in Okla­homa and has written two best-selling cookbooks. She says she loves to find new ways to put more delicious veggies on her family’s table. “I get so excited about my garden — maybe a little too excited!” Drummond says. “Sometimes I literally have vege­tables coming out my ears. Fortunately, I’ve got four kids who love to pick just

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Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond has partnered with Land O’Lakes and blogs at www.ThePioneerWoman. com. Find more garden-fresh recipes at www.LandOLakes.com.


Margherita Pasta

Pasta Primavera

Spring Stir-Fry

Yield: 4 servings 1 half stick (4 tablespoons) Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, divided 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound whole jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed 3 carrots, peeled and chopped 1/2 pound asparagus, ends trimmed off, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen green peas Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 lemon 1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley Fresh Parmesan shavings, as desired Heat 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and stir to cook for 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes, or until opaque. Remove shrimp and garlic to a plate. Do not clean skillet. Add rest of the butter and melt. Add carrots and asparagus in a single layer and cook, stirring occa­sionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender but still slightly crisp. Scoot carrots and asparagus to edges of pan, then add peas to middle of pan. Cook for one to two minutes, stirring gently, until peas are heated through and tender. Add shrimp back to pan, stir to toss, then add salt and pepper. Squeeze juice of one lemon all over contents of pan and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Sprinkle parsley over top. Serve stir fry immediately over cooked rice, or on its own. Top with Parmesan shavings and squeeze on extra lemon juice if needed.

Margherita Pasta

Yield: 4 servings 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) uncooked dried penne pasta 1 half stick (4 tablespoons) Land O

Lakes Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic 2 medium (2 cups) tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; return to sauce­pan. Keep warm. Meanwhile, melt butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds or until softened. Add tomatoes and basil; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until heated through (1 to 2 min­utes). Add pasta and Parmesan cheese, stir until combined. Serve immediately.

Oven-Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Yield: 4 servings 1 pound asparagus, trimmed 1 (8-ounce) package mushrooms, quartered 1/4 cup red onion, sliced 3 large cloves garlic, sliced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 half stick (4 tablespoons) Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, melted 1 teaspoon lemon juice Heat oven to 425°F. Arrange asparagus, mushrooms and onions on aluminum foillined 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle melted butter and lemon juice over top. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until aspara­gus are tender and lightly browned.

Pasta Primavera

Yield: 6 servings For the pasta 1 half stick (4 tablespoons) Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, divided 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally 1 cup bite-sized broccoli pieces 2 medium zucchini, sliced diagonally 1 medium summer squash, sliced diagonally 4 ounces white mushrooms, washed and sliced 1/2 large onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup frozen peas 1 cup diced cooked ham 8 whole basil leaves, chopped (set aside extra chopped basil, for garnish) 1 pound pasta (penne, fusilli or linguini), cooked according to package directions and drained For the sauce 1/4 cup dry white wine (up to 1/2 cup), optional (replace with additional broth if not using) 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth 3/4 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup half-and-half Black pepper to taste 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (set aside extra grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish) Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and cook for 1 minute, then add broccoli and cook for an addi­tional minute. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Add 1 additional tablespoon butter to skillet and allow it to melt. Add zucchini, squash, and mushrooms, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until vegetables are starting to soften. Remove from skillet and add to other vegetables. Set aside. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet and allow it to melt. Add onions and garlic to skillet and cook for 2 min­utes, or until starting to turn translucent. Pour in wine and chicken broth and stir, scraping bottom of pan to loosen flavorful bits. Cook liquid for 3 to 4 minutes, allow­ing it to reduce by about half. Stir in cream and half-and-half, then add Parmesan and allow cheese to melt. Add black pepper to taste. Let sauce thicken for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add all vegetables to sauce, then add frozen peas, diced ham and chopped basil. Stir to com­bine everything. If sauce needs a little more liquid, splash in a small amount of broth as needed. Place cooked pasta in a large serving bowl. Pour all contents of skillet over pasta and toss to combine. Sprinkle with extra chopped basil and serve with extra Parmesan.

Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt was awarded a 2013 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award in the butter category.

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PASTORS from page 23 Pastor Wayne Chaney At the age of twenty he got the call from God and has grown to become a prominent pastor of the church his grandfather built. Fast-forward 10 years later, Antioch is the leading church in its COMMUNITY. With an ability to communicate complex truths in a simple way, Pastor Chaney has helped remarkably grow the church, along with the help of his secret weapon, his wife, gospel artist Myeshia Chaney. While Antioch is poised to become the next mega-church with the ability to reach millions worldwide, there’s an obstacle in the way and it comes from within Pastor Wayne’s own family. Bishop Ron Gibson Born in Compton, addicted to drugs before he was a teenager, a leader of the Crips by the time he was sixteen, a robber and a pimp, Bishop Ron Gibson was the least likely person to end up a preacher. He now changes the lives of 4,500 people each week at the Life Church of God in Christ, which he started with only nine people in the congregation. Through it all he’s accumulated great wealth, power and purpose. However, there’s one thing he and his wife would give it all away for – a child. Pastor Jay Haizlip (@jayhaizlip) One of the pioneering greats of competitive skateboarding, Pastor Jay Haizlip, originally from Gadsden, Alabama, collected big trophies, bigger paychecks and highend sponsors, but fell deep into drugs, and into the crack houses of Huntington Beach and Long Beach, California. Back in the crack houses again, this time he’s not there for drugs – he’s helping rescue souls for the Kingdom. Serving as Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach, Pastor Jay Haizlip reaches out to troubled youth, finding them in prisons, skate parks and the same crack houses he once shot dope in. “Pastors of L.A.” (working title) is produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment, with Lemuel Plummer, Holly Carter and Chris Costine serving as Executive Producers. 32 April2013 2013| |praisereporter.com praisereporter.com| |(888) 888.963.7186 32 JUNE 963-7186 ||


HAG 2013 from page 11 front lines with our children and will tell us the truth about what we need to do to become the change.” While the Friday session, which begins at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm) is open to the community, Perry targets his message to the men on Saturday, June 29, at a special “Man Up!” session, co-sponsored by New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, during the Urban Healing Festival (UHF). Saturday morning opens with a series of Community Empowerment Workshops at 10 am. Perry’s session begins at 10 am, but there’s something for everyone. CareSource, a key sponsor of this year’s UHF, will present ‘Understanding the new Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”)’. The session, which begins at 11:30 am, cuts through the rhetoric and explains the new healthcare law, and what it will mean for families. In addition, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will provide a series of health-related workshops for men and women. Doctors who are accepting new patients will also be on site for attendees looking for quality primary care. And as usual, important healthcare screenings for diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol will be available. Families won’t be disappointed by the afternoon festival and concert: games for the kids, food with an international flair, and information and services from local organizations. The outdoor portion of the day begins at 3 pm, when the video game truck, children’s activities, food vendors, community organizations, and concert stage open for the community. The day will be a full one – Molina Healthcare will be on hand, Mercy & Grace on Wheels will show off tricked out cars and motorcycles, and local musical guests like Schuyler Johnson, Darryl Wicker and the Potter’s House Choir, and the Iglesia Puerta De Bendición Worship Ensemble will take the stage. In addition to local acts, this year’s national artists include: Canton Jones and Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy. Jones’ brings a hip hop/urban sound to the concert stage, and Brown and his group recent selfnamed freshman project have been lighting up the charts with their single “Testimony.” The conference closes on Sunday, June 30 with Pastor Kenneth Moales, Jr., who although a staple of the annual conference, is always fresh! Changing is never an easy task, but when it comes to our children and youth, we must change or risk their demise. Pack up the family, and bring them down to HAG 2013: The Case of Generational Theft, where everyone can participate as a witness to be the change!

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events Anniversary Celebrations (listed by state, date) Louisianna * October 21st, 2013: WXOK-AM 1460 in Baton Rouge, Louisianna will host their 60th Year Anniversary Celebration in Baton Rouge. This is the station’s biggest annual event. For information about performance slots, sponsorships, vendor opportunities and more, call J’Michael Francois, PD, at 225-929-5129. Texas * November 21st - 23rd, 2013: The Texas Gospel Announcers Guild GMWA presents their 24th Anniversary Celebration in Texas. For more details as they become available, visit www.texasgag.com. (Photo: Bill Martin, State President). Virginia * September 2013: The Virginia Gospel Announcers Guild – GMWA presents their 11th Anniversary Celebration. For more details as they become available, visit www.vagag.info or call Ed Stephens, State President, at 804347-0747. (Photo: Ed Stephens). Award Presentations (by major organizations) Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards * October 15th, 2013: The 44th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. For details as they become available, visit www.doveawards.com. Grammy Awards * February 2014: The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. This popular annual event covers all genres of music, including Gospel and Christian. For details as they become available, visit www.grammy.com. Stellar Awards * January 2014: The 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be held. Tickets will be available exclusively from TicketMaster (1-800-733-6779 or www.TicketMaster.com). For more details as they become available, visit www.thestellarawards.com. Award Presentations by others in the USA (listed by state, date) Florida * February 2014: The 8th Annual South Florida Gospel Music Awards 34 JUNE 2013 | praisereporter.com | (888) 963-7186 |

2014 will be held. The event will feature networking, showcases, vendors, an awards presentation and much more. For more details as they become available, visit www.sfgma.com or call Peppi Hendrix at 561-853-8300. July 25th - 28th, 2013: The 5th Annual Rhythm Of Gospel Awards 2013 will be held at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207. The event recognizes churches, pastors, choirs and independent gospel artists nationwide for their outstanding contributions to Gospel. For the 2013 nominees and more information, visit www.therhythmofgospelawards.com or call Mark Rogers at 210-745-5858 ext. 109. South Carolina * March 2014: The 34th Annual Blockbuster Showdown Gold Cup Awards will be held. Many nationally-known Gospel artists and guests will appear. For details as they become available, visit www. blockbustergospelconcert.com or call Bishop Calvin Norton at 910-840-1352. Texas * February 2014: The 16th Annual Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards will be held in Houston, TX. For details as they become available, call Pastor Larry Davies at 281-9353573. Concerts (listed by state, date) California * June 8th, 2013: Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s and others will be featured in concert at North Park Apostolic Church, 2515 Lemon Grove Avenue, Lemon Grove, CA 91945. Guest artists include The Men Of Assurance, The Anointed Ones and The Full Gospel Ensemble. 6 p.m.. $30 advance / $35 door. For more information and tickets, call 619-229-2800 or 619-8653339. (Photo: Lee Williams & SQC). South Carolina * July 7th, 2013: Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites will celebrate their 48th Anniversary at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC. Guest groups will include The Canton Spirituals, The Swanee Quintet, Blest By 4, Roy & Revelation and Darrell McFadden & The Disciples. Admission $20 advance / $25 door. For details, call 843-536-0212 or visit www.DocMcKenzieandtheHiLites.com. view flyer


events Conferences (listed by state, date) California * March 2014: The 2014 Board Meeting of the Gospel Music Workshop of America will be held. For more details as they become available, visit www.gmwanational.org. (Photo: Bishop Albert L. Jamison, Board Chairman). Georgia * February 2014: The Gospel Heritage Praise and Worship Conference 2014 will be held. For details as they become available, visit www.gospelheritage. org or call Dr. Teresa Hairston, President, at 770-8662427. (Photo: Dr. Teresa Hairston). Kentucky * July 3rd - 5th, 2013: The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International presents their 20th Anniversary Conference in Louisville, KY. Ministers include Neil C. Ellis, Clarence McClendon, Tasha Cobbs, Jamal Bryant, Rudolph Kissick, Jr., Irishea Hilliard, David Evans, Kevin Cosby and many others. Paul S. Morton, Sr. is the Presiding Bishop. For more details, visit www.fullgospelconference.org. (Photo: Bishop Paul S. Morton). view flyer Louisiana * February 2014: Ms. Esther Wooten... in memory of the late Roy “Mr. Malaco” Wooten, presents Exclesisa Enterprises 13th Annual Showcase Extravaganza. The event features workshops, showcases and more. For information as it becomes available information, call Exclesisa at 601-366-0220 or 601-316-1405. Tennessee * July 2013: CeCe Winans presents her 8th Annual Always Sisters Forever Brothers Youth Conference at Belmont University Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information as it becomes available, visit www.alwayssistersforeverbrothers. com or call 615-601-2732. (Photo: CeCe Winans). Texas * June 2013: The 2013 Gospel Quartet “Meet And Greet” Network Showcase & Conference will be held in Houston, Texas. For more information as it becomes available, call Darrell Jay Jones, CEO, at 936222-4006. (Photo: GQMG logo). Virginia * July 11th - 13th, 2013: The 4th Annual Independent Gospel Artist Alliance Conference will be held at The Mount, 215 Las Gaviotas Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23322. This event is designed for independent artists desiring to learn the business of Gospel Music. For more information, visit www.indiegospelalliance. com or call Phillip Carter, Founder, at 301-509-3459. (Photo: Phillip Carter). Conventions Alabama * January 2014: The 22nd Annual American Gospel Quartet National Convention will be held in Birmingham, AL. For vendor, showcase, registration and hotel information as it becomes available, visit www.agqconvention.ning.com or call Rev. George JUNE 2013 | praisereporter.com | (888) 963-7186 | 35


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Stewart at 205-798-4093 or 205-602-7792 (cell). (Photo: Rev. George & Dr. Jacqueline Stewart, hosts).

FAMILY from page 16 Lester McCoy, Jr Lester McCoy, Jr., the second oldest child in a family of four siblings, was born April 15, 1979. He is a native of Wichita,

Florida * June 27th - 29th, 2013: The 2013 Florida Gospel Announcer â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild GMWA State Convention will take place at Pilgrim Universal Christian Church, 1100 NW 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. The event features musical showcases, evening & morning worship services, daily workshops & seminars

and an Honors Awards Breakfast. Attendance is free (except Honors Awards Breakfast). For more information, visit www.FloridaGAG.org or call Peppi Hendrix, State President, at 561-8538300.

Kansas. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 8, and received special permission to join the band while only in the 3rd grade. His musical talent consistently ranked him in 1st chair and he was named All City Performer. An honor graduate of Southeast High School, he gained a reputation for

being an exceptional two-sport athlete playing Football and Basketball. While there, he received numerous awards, including being named All City and All State Wide Receiver and Defensive Back, City League Conference Single Season Reception and Receiving Yardage Records Holder and All City Guard

Convention of the Gospel Music Workshop of America will be held at the Duke Energy Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information as it becomes available, visit www.gmwanational. org.

Tennessee * July 20th - 26th, 2013: The 2013 National

in Basketball. He was a State Champion 4x100 Relay member and in 1997 he was invited to participate in the Kansas Shrine Bowl, the state high school All Star game. These athletic accomplishments led to his induction as a member of the High School Sports Hall of Fame for Scholar Athletes.

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Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International The birth of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International is in essence the story of a tremendous move of God beginning in the last decade of the twentieth century. Since 1994, when over twenty-five thousand people attended the first Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Conference in the Louisiana Superdome, the spiritual religious freedom that makes Full Gospel Baptist unique has impacted Christian men and women across the world. Captured by the phrase “The Right to Choose”, that freedom is based on the belief that the Gospel of Jesus Christ must be promoted by recognizing the free expression of the gifts of the Spirit as a viable part of the Body of Christ. The Fellowship is convinced that the choice to exercise these spiritual gifts is imperative for the local New Testament Church to fully function as the dynamic organism God has intended. Presiding Prelate Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. was born in Windsor Ontario, Canada but was destined to move to the United States. God had a special calling on his life that extended far beyond the Canadian borders. In 1972, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. Not long after, he became the Senior Pastor of the Greater Saint Stephen Missionary Baptist Church. He served faithfully there for thirty-three years. Under his leadership, it became a “Full Gospel” Baptist Church, expanding to three areas of the city, maximizing at seven services per Sunday. However, after the devastating storm, Katrina, God repositioned him. At God’s command, he passed the mantle to his wife, Debra B. Morton, who now serves as Senior Pastor of the mother church in New Orleans. Bishop Morton now serves as Senior Pastor of the “baby” church, G.S.S. Changing A Generation, in Atlanta, Georgia which was birthed out of the mother church. Bishop Paul S. Morton and Pastor Debra Morton now serve as each other’s Co-Pastor. Now “One Church in Two States”, their slogan is “Changing The Way We Do Church!” Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. is the founding Presiding Bishop of one of the fastest growing movements in America – The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. As an apostle, he has birthed many churches out of Greater Saint Stephen, New Orleans. Bishop Morton is also an international television preacher who, for over twenty-five years, reaches thousands of souls for the Lord on a weekly basis. Morton is also a gifted author and an anointed singer, having received many Stellar Awards. His life in Christ is evidenced by his love and compassion for his family, the brethren and those who are lost. Many esteem him as a Pastor’s Pastor; a Leader’s Leader; His wife and children revere him as a loving husband and role model father.

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The Soulfunny Radio Show The Soulfunny Radio Show is a radio show that airs on Rejoice Musical Soul Food to approximately a half million listeners weekly through approximately 50 radio stations around the country. With nationally recognized Comedian Steffon Vann hosting and Spoken Word Artist Vicky Clark and Pastor Sharon Riley as co-hosts, The Soulfunny Radio Show enlightens, encourages and entertains its listeners through music, shared testimonies, guest interviews and listener interaction all done with a twist of comedy to keep it fun, fresh and exciting. www.soulfunnyradio.com

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Hezekiah Walker Releases ‘Azusa Next Generation’ Album On June 11

Hezekiah Walker

HZImageGrammy Award-winning artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker, one of the pioneers of contemporary choir music, is slated to release his 14th album on June 11th, titled Azusa Next Generation. The album is tied to the work of the Azusa Next Generation conference, an event created by Walker that brings together the nation’s most prominent pastors, speakers and worship leaders, ultimately revitalizing a defining moment in the Christian faith. The next conference will be held May 19 at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York. Of the new album, Walker says: “This project honors the legacy of hand-clapping, foot-stomping Gospel music, and also provides a next-generation swag that creates a foundation for where Gospel music can go. The album’s lead single, “Every Praise,” is already gaining momentum as a must-hear tune at radio. Bishop Walker’s famed Love Fellowship Choir is prominently featured on the project, but is also expanded to comprise the 500-voice Azusa Mass Choir. Collabos on the project include Donnie McClurkin, John P. Kee, Brian Courtney Wilson, Timiney Figueroa-Caton and Deitrick Haddon. The incomparable Donald Lawrence heads up production on the project. Azusa Next Generation is available ow at Amazon.com! And check out the lyric video for the new single, “Every Praise,” below! 42 JUNE 2013 | praisereporter.com | (888) 963-7186 |


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