Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson ( photo)

Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson, a renowned vocalist and conductor, will headline a benefit concert on Sunday, September 23, at 4 p.m., at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles.

The concert will benefit the Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship at Claremont School of Theology (CST). The scholarship CST supports African-American students entering the pastoral ministry.

An ordained UMC deacon, Wilson serves as associate general secretary of the denomination’s Discipleship Ministries and founder of the Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She was also the first female and first person of color to serve as director of music for The United Methodist Church’s General Conference in 2000.

In addition, she was a member of the national task force that produced the “Songs of Zion” and co-chair of the task force that created its sequel, “Zion Still Sings! For Every Generation.”

A graduate of Dillard University, Wilson earned her M.A. in sacred music at Perkins School of Theology and her Ph.D. in liturgical studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Jordan served as CST’s Bishop-in-Residence for 15 years after retiring from the UMC episcopacy where he led local churches, global initiatives, and various UMC general boards. According to a spokesperson, Jordan is “an empowerer of people, a tireless human-rights advocate; and a doer of the Word.”

The concert ticket donation is $25. To obtain tickets or to donate to the Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship, visit