Wednesday, November 25, 2020
What Shall We Do Ministries Hosts Thanksgiving Gospel Experience
By Ricky Richardson, Contributing Writer   
Published November 27, 2019

                                           Minister Lionel Peters (Ricky Richardson photo)

What Shall We Do Ministries presented the 2nd Annual Spirit of Thanksgiving Gospel Experience on Nov. 16, in Grand Park, located in downtown Los Angeles.

What Shall We Do Ministries, led by Minister Lionel Peters and Joy Peters, is a non-profit faith-based organization serving the community through outreach events and concerts.

The Spirit of the Lord engulfed the intimate Grand Park Performance Lawn, (Olive Court -between Grand and Hill Street). It was a picture-perfect day in Southern California for this celebration of songs and worship.


Dr. Antwon Martin, assistant pastor at Greater Bethel Cathedral Church, served as emcee. The show opened with the talented Lakeisha Solomon. Also, De Ante Duckett & The Justified Crew rocked the stage with songs of praise and worship.

Several special guests were present to give thanks and invited members of the crowd to an altar call, to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Sister Jeanette Bentley, followed by Dani B. JAIA, both gospel recording artists and gospel Internet radio host of KCWG, gave powerful testimonials that resonated with the crowd.

                          Dana B. JAIA (Ricky Richardson photo)

David D. Price, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Southwest L.A. area representative and First A.M.E. youth minister, brought greetings from Garcetti. Chell and Alicia Benn of Platinum Stitches, Inc., were in the house to show their support of the event. They created a huge banner to grace the stage.

Apostle Henry and Dr. Marty Alexander, senior pastors and founders of Shield of Faith Christian Center, in Pomona also participated. In addition, Apostle Henry B. Alexander, presiding prelate and founder of Shied of Faith Fellowship of Churches, International, delivered an encouraging and inspiring message before the captivated crowd.

The program continued with a thrilling performance by vocalist April May and multi-instrumentalist Jason Brown. After Minister Lionel Peters shared a powerful and uplifting sermon, the live entertainment continued with a set of roof-raising gospel tunes performed by Jyon Gray and the Grand Finale performance by VaShawn Mitchell.

          VaShawn Mitchell (Ricky Richardson photo)

The audience was able to listen to gospel tunes to address their spiritual needs. Several food vendors were on site to address the crowd’s nutritional needs as well. Mike’s Fatboy served up delicious burger and chicken sliders, Wings-Waffles and Beignets Box were also offered refreshments.

We’re Blessed Catering, owned and operated by Lois Threats and Kimberlee Smith, served up mouthwatering New Orleans-style cooking such as barbeque dinners with all of the sides, gumbo and po’ boy sandwiches. Also, Klassic Desserts served cakes, cookies etc.

Other vendors included Paparazzi Jewelry, Gotcha Hooked, Sunglasses and Accessories, The Fashionista and authors Tina Maddox and KamaSpeaks.


The mission of What Shall We Do Ministries is create local and national outdoor events to reach people at their place of need and direct them to places of fellowship in their communities. For more information, visit

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