Very few things can breach more barrios and cross more divided lines than music,
and at the First Church of God, Center of Hope’s 3rd Annual Gospel Jazz Fest, artists
from lands spanning the globe came together in musical unity in remembrance of a
man who, like music, crossed boarders and changed history, Nelson Mandela.
Started by the late Reverend Geremy Dixon Sr., and continued by his son, current
Senior Pastor of First Church of God, Center of Hope, Geremy Dixon Jr. the concert
featured musicians who play with a gospel inspiration.
“Several years ago, Sister Cathy Gill, who runs our young adult ministry [Warriors of
Judah],” explained Pastor Dixon, “had the idea to have a jazz festival. She was able
to put together a dynamic event. We really had no idea how it was going to take
off, what type of talent was going to be involved. That year it was fantastic, we
brought it back again the next year. This is our third year doing it, and year after year, it gets better and better.”
Pastor Dixon accredits much of the success to the efforts of the Pastor Dixon
accredits much of the success to the efforts of the Warriors of Judah
and the youth ministers that comprise its ranks. “That young adult ministry is made
up of dynamic people, who, and I’m pleased to say, are passionate about the Lord,
passionate about people, and passionate about putting on presentations that honor
God in their excellence.”
Ushered and hosted by the Warriors of Judah, City of Hope’s youth ministry, the four
hour long jazz celebration entertained all with a selection of local and international jazz musicians and singers.
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