*Over the last two decades, Gospel singer Vicki Yohe has been at the forefront of the praise and worship music movement on the church circuit.
Billboard Magazine says of Yohe’s ministry, “For believers looking to loose themselves in a wonderful worship experience, this is the next best thing to being in a pew.”
*Arrow Records, a subsidiary of Arrow Global Entertainment, announced that the very first “S.E.R.M.O.N.S.” (Spiritually Empowering Recorded Music Over Niche Sermons) album will be available on album at retail outlets everywhere on December 18.
Already available on iTunes, “S.E.R.M.O.N.S.” is a unique inspirational series that features the ministry of world-renowned Christian leaders, Creflo and Taffi Dollar set to anointed music that complements the important messages being conveyed in each sermon.
Releasing quarterly, each volume in the S.E.R.M.O.N.S. series will focus on distinct, niche areas that affect everyday life, with the goals of helping the listener to achieve a better understanding of the Bible, strengthen his or her faith and develop a closer relationship with Christ.
Arrow believes that S.E.R.M.O.N.S. is a groundbreaking project that has the power to not only expand the boundaries of recorded content but to also transform lives.
“We are very excited about the S.E.R.M.O.N.S. project and our opportunity to actively engage our base,” said Arrow Records General Manager, Cappriccieo Scates. “Creflo Dollar Ministries is a world-renowned brand with a remarkable history of excellence. Having the ability to assist Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar with their desire to reach the world for Jesus is an honor that can’t be measured in words.”
*Thespians have held curtain calls under the twinkling chandeliers and midnight blue ceiling of the Paradise Theater.
Film stars have lit up its silver screen, says the New York Daily News.
Boxers have battered each other at the historic Grand Concourse venue. Rockers and rappers have made its stage shake.
Bronx power brokers staged a political coup at the city landmark, where a cornered gang banger once shot himself in the head.
The 83-year-old theater in Fordham, NY has served many purposes and masters, and for its next act, the Paradise will play a mega-church.
The World Changers Church of New York, headed by controversial Georgia-based televangelist Creflo Dollar, has signed a lease to occupy the venue, as first reported by the Riverdale Review.
Built in 1929 to resemble a heavenly paradise, the theater will offer its new congregants just that. World Changers Church preaches “prosperity theology,” a worldview that equates piety and wealth.
Want to know more? Read it at the New York Daily News.
*In the wake of last week’s shooting that killed an employee of World Changers Church International, on Sunday the Rev. Creflo Dollar asked parishioners to pay the bills of the family of Greg McDowell.
“In my book, he’s a hero,” Dollar said of McDowell, who was gunned down while leading morning prayer service at the church. “If those bullets hadn’t been trained on him, there would’ve been more people that would’ve died,” Dollar told the congregation.
Police have charged former church employee Floyd Palmer in McDowel’s death. Investigators say Palmer, 52, calmly walked into morning prayer service Wednesday and fired six shots at McDowell, killing the 39-year-old husband and father.
Dollar challenged church members to give as they left the College Park church, to make online donations and to give to a special fund the church has set up at a bank.
“The goal is $234,000,” Dollar said, telling the congregation he wanted to raise that amount by the end of the day Sunday. “We want to completely eradicate all debts in their lives … house, cars, everything. Let’s now show the world the power of a megachurch.”
Read/learn more at AJC.com.
Floyd Palmer, 52, arrested in connection with fatal shooting at Georgia megachurch
*The suspected gunman connected with the fatal shooting at Creflo Dollar’s World Changers Church International in College Park has arrested
Floyd Palmer, 52, was arrested at Lenox Square in Buckhead just before 4 p.m., according to the U.S. Marshall’s Service, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Palmer was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Greg McDowell, 39, at the megachurch founded by televangelist Creflo Dollar. Dollar was not at the church at the time of the shooting, according to police.
Police identified McDowell as a member and volunteer prayer leader at the church.
Fulton County police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester said Palmer, a former employee who resigned in August, “walked calmly into the church and left just as calmly,” after the shooting. Police said the suspect left the scene in a black Subaru station wagon.
Police said McDowell was shot around 10:30 a.m. and later died. Lester said it was not yet clear whether McDowell was targeted by the shooter or shot randomly. Lester said the victim was leading prayer at the time of the shooting in the chapel where 20 to 25 people were gathered. Lester said police were in the process of interviewing witnesses and watching the church’s surveillance videos.
Read/learn more at AJC.com.
Watch this video report from WSB TV for more background info on the shooting.
*Police say a gunman opened fire inside the chapel of a Georgia megachurch, killing one person.
The shooting took place at the church presided over by Dr. Creflo Dollar just south of Atlanta.
RELATED: Creflo Dollar Church Shooting Update: Gunman is Former Employee
Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester told The Associated Press that the suspect got away in a vehicle and was still at large after the Wednesday morning shooting at World Changers Church International in College Park.
Lester tells the AP that the wounded person was being taken to a hospital in critical condition, but died later.
World Changers Church International is one of the nation’s largest, and its website states that it serves nearly 30,000 members. The church is led by the Rev. Creflo Dollar, its founder and senior pastor. There was no indication that he was injured.
The church holds services Wednesday at 10 a.m. in its chapel.