An evening of no competition, and God at the forefront was a welcomed treat this weekend.
The Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) has a motto: “Where Everybody Is Somebody”. This proved true once again Saturday, February 25, 2012 – as the Northern California Chapter of the GMWA honored 4 local church choirs for their longevity, consistency, and standard bearing of Northern California church choirs.
Hosted by Overseer Renee Winston, the Oakland congregations of Bethel Baptist Church, Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, and Allen Temple Baptist Church, along with Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Fairfield were honored in the First Annual Crystal Choir Awards. Each selection from the evenings award recipients quickly reminded the capacity crowd exactly why they were chosen. Their robes, directors, and musicians didn’t disappoint either – each contributing to the anointing that was felt throughout the room.
Longtime Gospel Announcer, and Gospel Artist Emmit Powell presented Dr. Dorothy Stanton with the Dr. Helen J.H. Stephens Legendary Award for her years of contribution towards gospel, news, and ministry.
Make no mistake – the ministry of Gospel was felt all over the building as Dr. Helen Stephens shared closing remarks. Her faith in God is a testament to her strength and resilience.