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Hampton honors Bishop Blake

Virgie W. Murray | 6/11/2009, 5 p.m.

The Most Rt. Rev. Charles E. Blake will be honored this week at the 94th Annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference. held on the Hampton University campus in Virginia.

The 74th Annual Choir Director's Organists' Guild Workshop is held simultaneously, with Dr. Roland M. Carter as director. Dr. Carter is the professor of music at the University of Chattanooga in Tennessee, and the president of the National Association of Negro Musicians.

Bishop Blake is the keynote conference preacher. The international presiding prelate of the more than 6.5 million member Church of God in Christ, Inc., the fastest growing denomination, Bishop Blake is also the presiding prelate of the Southern California First Jurisdiction and the pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ.

Other conference speakers will include the Rev. Gina Stewart, pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., the early morning preacher, and the Rev. Joel Gregory, professor of preaching at Truett Seminary and founder-president of Gregory Ministries, the noonday speaker.

Lectures will be presented by Dr. Katie Cannon, professor of theology at Union Theology Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA, and Dr. Robert Franklin, president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. The Rev. Jason Barr, senior pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA., is the Communion service preacher.

The Choir Guild keynote speaker is Dr. Alyn Waller, and Elder Peggy Britt is the morning song leader for the Choir Guild. Dr. Carter will direct a 1,000 voice choir during this session. Dr. William Curtis is the conference president.