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dixonGeremy Dixon Named Senior Pastor of First Church of God…Center of Hope

First Church of  God… Center of Hope has named Geremy L. Dixon to the office of Senior Pastor. Dixon succeeds his father, the late Bishop Gregory L. Dixon, in leading the 120 year-old church.

 “Pastor Geremy is known for his approachable demeanor, integrity, and ability to reach all people wherever they may be on their journey to know Christ,” said Brother Daniel Williams, Chairman of the Board of Directors, First Church of God…Center of Hope. “He is a pastor with tremendous depth and ability. I believe under Pastor Geremy’s leadership, First Church of God will embark on a new level of evangelism and winning souls to Christ!”

“I am so pleased that Geremy Dixon has been confirmed as the new Senior Pastor of First Church of God... Center of Hope in Inglewood, California. He has the spiritual leadership and the love for the church that his father served as pastor for 16 years and no one can do a better job than Geremy,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters.  “He is well respected by the membership and the community.  I look forward to working with him and supporting him in every way I possibly can.”

 “I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to connect with, nurture and support our community,” said Pastor Geremy L. Dixon. “Together with the congregation and board, I know we can infuse Christ and His kingdom into the places that people spend most of their time -- family and home environments, places of business, educational institutions and the public square.”

With over 15 years of experience in the community, Dixon most recently established the Center of Hope Church of Atlanta. Prior to that, Dixon served over 11 years on staff with First Church of God…Center of Hope in Inglewood, Ca.  During this time, he played an integral role in launching several key ministries and in opening the organization’s Hope Family Wellness Center (a part of the former Daniel Freeman Hospital property). Pastor Geremy attended the Southern California School of Ministry and Facultad School of Theology where he earned his Bachelor in Christian Ministry, with a thesis focus on effective succession planning in the local church, which received special honors.

L.A. Hosts National Missionary Baptists

Los Angeles will play host to one of the nation’s largest black religious groups when the 132nd Annual Session of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America (NMBCA) gets underway on September 3 at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel with co-hosts Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis, Dr. Lovely Haynes and Dr. Melvin V. Wade, Sr. 

With the recent passing of president, Dr. C.C. Robertson earlier this summer, the group is set to elect a new leader during its five-day meet in Los Angeles, presided over by Vice president at-large, Dr. Nehemiah Davis. Speakers include Dr. Wade (a former president of the group), Pastor Denny Davis of St. John Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX, Dr. Lester Gillespie of San Antonio, TX and Pastor Fleetwood Irving of the Second Baptist Church of Vallejo. Other highlights include Rev. Harold Pittman directing a 175-voice choir at the Welcome Night Musical.

In national church news: While the National Missionary Baptists are meeting in Los Angeles, over 20,000 delegates will be gathering in Atlanta for the 132nd annual session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the largest of the historically African-American Baptist denominations with a reported 7.5 million members.


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Frank Wilson

New Dawn Christian Village Announces Benefit Concert In Support of Frank & Bunny Wilson

New Dawn Christian Village is proud to announce a benefit concert for dynamic leaders, Frank and Bunny Wilson entitled “True Worship” featuring Motown legend Smokey Robinson & Friends.

Sixteen years ago, Bunny Wilson—a gifted speaker and author whose books Liberated Through Submission and Knight in Shining Armor, sold over 100,000 copies—was stricken with an undiagnosed illness that affects her mobility and her speech.

Despite Frank’s own ongoing battle with prostate cancer, the pastor, author and former award winning Motown record producer/songwriter, continues to care for his wife; while seeking medical and spiritual healing.

“Pastor Frank and his wife, Bunny have tirelessly given to improving the quality of life for the community. Their efforts have resulted in successful food drives, seminars on home ownership, and youth mentoring programs. Many have sought their guidance on spiritual and emotional matters and they have always led by example.

Recently, R&B icon Smokey Robinson reached out to them and offered to share his gift. They are humbled by his desire to aid with their overwhelming medical costs.

Wilson, the pastor and founder of New Dawn Christian Fellowship, also established the Christian Entertainer’s Fellowship, and has appeared regularly on local and national TV programs including TBN, CBN, “The PTL Club,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

The benefit will take place August 18th at the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts located at 450 North Grand Avenue. Aside from Robinson, featured guests include Broderick Rice, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. and the L.A. Inner City Mass Choir.

For more information or tickets, call 213-680-1123.

Inglewood Church Suspends Services

Services were suspended at Christ's Community Church in Inglewood late last month. This as a result of the early July arrest of its pastor, Rev. Gordon Solomon, who remains in jail in lieu of $3 million bail.

The 50-year old pastor, who is due in court later this month, has been charged with nine sex-related felony accounts—including committing lewd acts on a child— in connection with a two year relationship he had with a now 14-year old girl.

Sources close to the church—located on Hindry Avenue— say that membership had been way down since the arrest. “A lot of them have scattered as the church really is not functioning,” said the source who chose to remain anonymous.a
Solomon, who is married and a father, has pled not guilty to the charges at his arraignment and faces up to 26 years in prison if convicted.

Coalition of African-American Pastors Organizes Against Obama

At a recent press conference, Rev. William Owens, Jr., head of the "Mandate for Marriage" initiative and son of the Rev. William Owens, Sr., the founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), announced a nationwide effort against President Obama's support for same-sex marriage, while declaring that the issue is not going to go away.

"It's only going to increase because the very core of America is founded upon Judeo-Christian beliefs. That's debatable to some people but you can't do away with history," Owens stated.

Last month, the group traveled to the NAACP's annual convention to protest the civil rights group's endorsement same-sex marriage.


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Holman United Methodist

Church Bids Farewell To The Masters

Reverend Dr. Henry Masters senior pastor of Holman United Methodist Church and his wife of 38 years, Reverend Dianna Masters, will lead St. Luke Community

United Methodist Church in East Dallas as senior pastor and associate pastor, respectively. The two Waco natives revealed, "It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that we announce that we are leaving the city of LA to assume the pastoral duties at St Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas."

In a city-wide worship service held at Holman UMC on June 24th, Henry Masters addressed attendants, "We came here as a clergy family. We leave as a clergy couple. She [Dianna Masters] has maintained her identity as a first lady and I have learned to become a first man. Thank you for our time here. God bless you."

Dianna Masters, who was ordained after coming to Los Angeles and subsequently appointed senior pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, added "We're now ready. He brought a family, but he's taking back a help- mate. You will always have a very special place on our hearts."

The Masters have been appointed to labor together as co-pastors at the 5,000-member strong, St. Luke UMC, one of the largest African-American churches in the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

With the Masters departure, Reverend Kelvin Sauls will be taking over as senior pastor at Holman UMC while Reverend Thomas Hill has been appointed senior pastor at Wesley UMC.

Creflo Dollar Arrest Sparks National Debate on Spanking

Rev. Creflo Dollar's arrest last month after his daugh- ter said he physically abused her, has touched off a national debate on spanking.

While the Atlanta-based mega pastor and his daugh- ter share conflicting versions of what happened during a heated argument at the family home, experts say it is becoming all too often that children are calling authori- ties to report alleged abuse and that on such occasions, it is not uncommon for an arrest to be made. Roughly 15 countries have laws banning corporal punishment and five years ago in California a bill to ban spanking was shelved.

Dollar said he was disciplining his daughter -- restraining her after she became disrespectful because he wouldn't allow her to attend a party, when he took to the pulpit the following Sunday after his arrest to deny alle- gations that he beat his 15-year-old daughter.

"I want you to hear it personally from me: All is well in the Dollar household," he said. "A family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional. Things esca- lated from there. She was not choked. She was not punched. I want to say this very emphatically: I should have never been arrested," Dollar said.

Thousands of those in attendance gave Dollar a standing ovation.

The mega-pastor of World Changers Church International was arrested on June 1 after his daughter called 911 stating that Dollar put his hands around her neck, choked her briefly and slapped her during a disagreement about a party she wanted to attend. His 19- year-old daughter who said she witnessed the alterca- tion backed up the testimony.

Dollar was charged with simple battery and cruelty to children and released on a $5,000 bond 12 hours later.

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