According to The BelleReport.com
Founder of Chicago’s Historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Clay Evans to Pass Torch of Gospel Music to Pastor Charles Jenkins
May 30, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Chicago, IL — Since 2000, Pastor Charles Jenkins has been pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church that was founded by Rev. Clay Evans in 1950. Since its inception, the church has been noted as much for its joyous best-selling gospel choir albums as for its stirring sermons. This Memorial Day weekend, the church will build upon its stellar legacy with a live CD/DVD recording entitled Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Live: The Best of Both Worlds – the first Fellowship CD with Jenkins at the helm.
Over the last five decades, Rev. Clay Evans, who ordained Rev. Jesse Jackson, has recorded three dozen sermon LPs and best-selling choir albums such as 1996’s #1 smash I’ve Got A Testimony. Jenkins is continuing the musical work Evans began back in the 1950s and it represents a Passing of the Torch – musically – from the 84-year old Evans to the 34-year old Jenkins. “The Best of Both Worlds is a celebration and presentation of the traditional gospel, CCM, and praise and worship music. This project is a hybrid of music we sang in the past, and music we are singing now in black churches,” Jenkins says. “The record is stuff you can sing on Sunday morning.”
As a musician and songwriter, Jenkins founded Chicago’s own Joshua’s Troop, and has collaborated with a stellar array of producers and artists. He also wrote “You’ve Been A Friend” on Israel & New Breed’s Grammy-winning Live in South Africa CD. The recording will take place Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 4543 South Princeton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609. Admission is free.
Through the years, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church has become known as The Ship because of Evans’ longtime quote: “Its a friendship, its a kinship, its a relationship, what a fellowship, all aboard come on let’s go to the other side.” Now, after nearly 10 years of new leadership and 9,000 new members, The Ship reemerges and introduces a new generation in gospel music for all to enjoy.