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Karen Valencia Clark-Sheard was born on November 15, 1960,  Sheard  is an American gospel singer, musician, and songwriter. The youngest d...

About Karen Valencia Clark-Sheard

Karen Valencia Clark-Sheard was born on November 15, 1960, Sheard is an American gospel singer, musician, and songwriter. The youngest daughter of pioneering gospel choral director Mattie Moss Clark, Sheard began her career as a member of the legendary Grammy Award-winning female gospel group The Clark Sisters. She is the mother of contemporary gospel singer and actress Kierra "Kiki" Sheard. She has won four Grammy Awards.
During the hiatus of the Clark Sisters, Sheard rose to fame after she recorded her critically acclaimed and much anticipated solo album Finally Karen, which spawned her hit, "Balm in Gilead" (a re-recording of a song she originally recorded as part of The Clark Sisters back in the 1980s for their Heart & Soul album) the R&B-flavored "Just For Me" and "Nothing Without You" – a contemporary duet with R&B diva Faith Evans. Finally Karen became one of the most successful gospel albums of 1998 earning Sheard a Grammy nomination and earning her a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for "Best Female Vocalist"
After her debut album success and much touring, Sheard was hospitalized in 2001 after one of her blood vessels burst during a minor surgery, resulting in doctors giving her a 2% chance of survival. Her testimony inspired the title name for her long-awaited sophomore project, 2nd Chance released in 2002, featuring a "Secret Place" – which is now considered a classic amongst fans. Sheard recorded two more live albums, including The Heavens Are Telling and It's Not Over (which featured some studio recordings), before releasing All in One, Sheard's first all-studio-recorded album in 13 years. The album debuted at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Gospel Chart and #98 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, while its first single "Prayed Up" has so far peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Gospel Songs chart.[3]

Sheard is in talks to play Kitty Parham (a member of The Famous Ward Singers) in Aretha Franklin's upcoming biopic.
Sheard released her latest single "Sunday A.M" in 2014, which is nominated for the Best Gospel Song in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

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Kanye West is heavy into gospel now we all know that, but bet you didn't know he's been talking to perhaps the most famous pastor i...

Christian Today: Joel Osteen Invites Kanye West to Lakewood Sunday Service

Kanye West is heavy into gospel now we all know that, but bet you didn't know he's been talking to perhaps the most famous pastor in America, Joel Osteen, and we've learned that Kanye may be making an appearance at Osteen's famous Sunday Service.


We're told Pastor Joel has invited Kanye to take a trip to Houston and experience his megachurch, Lakewood, where 45,000 people show up to pray every week. The Sunday service reaches 100 MILLION homes in America and tens of millions more around the world.

We're told Kanye told Pastor Joel he'd love to attend a service, and he wouldn't be the first celeb to do so. Oprah, Tyler Perry, the Clintons and many others have attended.


We're told Pastor Joel genuinely likes Kanye and believes his life is rooted in faith and love. During their conversations, they talk a lot about faith and Joel's proud that Kanye has traversed his sometimes difficult journey, and has come out believing in a higher power.

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Paula Michelle White-Cain was born on April 20, 1966, better known as Paula White , she's a "Prosperity Gospel" pastor. Prio...

Paula White Biography

Paula Michelle White-Cain was born on April 20, 1966, better known as Paula White, she's a "Prosperity Gospel" pastor. Prior to May 2019, she was senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, in Apopka, Florida, a non-denominational, multicultural megachurch. She hosts a television show, Paula White Today. She was the co-pastor of Without Walls International Church in Tampa, a church she co-founded with pastor and then-husband Randy White.



White became chair of the evangelical advisory board in Donald Trump's administration. She delivered the invocation at his inauguration, on January 20, 2017. She was listed number three on the "50 Most Powerful 2017: Philanthropy & Community Voices" list in the Orlando Magazine July 2017 issue. 


She said "When I was just eighteen years old, the Lord gave me a vision that every time I opened my mouth and declared the Word of the Lord, there was a manifestation of His Spirit where people were either healed, delivered, or saved. When I shut my mouth, they fell off into utter darkness and God spoke to me and said 'I called you to preach the gospel."

Without Walls International Church, originally named South Tampa Christian Center, was founded in Tampa, Florida, by the then-spouses Paula and Randy White in 1991.

On July 12, 2009, White became the senior pastor of the church that she had co-founded, Without Walls International Church, replacing her former husband, Randy White, who stated that he was stepping down as pastor for health reasons but would remain connected with the church in a different position.

On January 1, 2011, after the resignation of Scott Thomas, White became the senior pastor of Without Walls Central Church in Lakeland, Florida, making her the pastor of both church locations. 

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Kanye West has spoken out against his wife, Kim Kardashian, for wearing revealing dresses in public, saying that the way she presents herse...

Christian Today: Kanye West asks Kim Kardashian to stop wearing revealing dresses as it 'affects him' as a Christian

Kanye West has spoken out against his wife, Kim Kardashian, for wearing revealing dresses in public, saying that the way she presents herself in public negatively affects him as a born again Christian.

The celebrity couple quarreled on a recent episode of their show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians", after West spoke out against Kardashian's decision to wear revealing clothes in public. However, she responded that she was on a different path to him.

The debate was sparked by Kardashian's decision to wear a tight-fitting Thierry Mugler dress to the 2019 Met Gala Ball. The designer dress had been made in skin colour to give the impression that she was naked with water dripping down her body.

West said to his wife: "I just went through this transition from being a rapper, looking at all these girls and looking at my wife, like, 'Oh, my girl needs to be just like the other girls showing her body off'.

"I didn't realize that that was affecting my soul and my spirit as someone that's married and the father of now ... about to be four kids. A corset is a form of underwear. It's hot. For who, though?"

West has famously been hosting weekly Sunday Service events throughout the year, which have attracted thousands of attendants. The events feature gospel music by West and his band, and more recently, sermons have also been introduced.

Kardashian responded to her husband: "You're giving me really bad anxiety. You knew last night I was having really bad anxiety and I don't need any more negative energy, for you to say you're now not into me wearing a tight dress."

To which West replied, "You are my wife, and it affects me when pictures are too sexy."

However, Kardashian retorted: "You built me up to be this sexy person and confidence and all this stuff, and just because you're on a journey and transformation doesn't mean I'm in the same spot with you."

The exchange ended with West simply replying "OK" before he walked out the room.


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Mensa Anamua Otabil was born on 31 August 1959 to Dinah and Lloyd Otabil who lived on Asafo Street in Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western R...

About Pastor Mensa Otabil

Mensa Anamua Otabil was born on 31 August 1959 to Dinah and Lloyd Otabil who lived on Asafo Street in Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana. He was the 4th born and the 3rd son in a family of 5 comprising 4 boys and a girl (Effie, Kojo, Ekow, Mensa and Kofi). He married his wife, Joy, in 1986 and they currently have four children: Sompa, Nhyira, Yoofi and Baaba Aseda.


In his early years, his family moved to Baka-ekyir,(Sekondi-Takoradi) where he attended Anglican Primary School near Gyandu Park, Sekondi. He later enrolled in Class 2 at the Community 2 No.3 Primary & Middle School (now Mexico School) in January 1966. This was when his family moved to Tema as a result of his father's promotion to Personnel Manager at GIHOC Boat yard in Tema.

After passing his Common Entrance Exams, Otabil gained admission to Swedru Secondary School (SWESCO) in 1972 and completed his Ordinary Level Studies in 1977. While in Tema, he worshipped with his mother at St. Alban's Anglican Church, Tema Community 1, and later followed her to the Assemblies of God Church in Tema Community 4. Otabil was a member of Power House Fellowship in Tema.

His mother died in 1975, and his father in 1976. In the late 1970s, he moved to Roman Ridge and later to Kanda in Accra where he joined the Kanda fellowship. Around that time, he also gained employment with the Audio Visual Department of the Ministry of Information. It was there that he met and worked with Edwin Donkor, who was later to become a pastor at ICGC. On 26 February 1984, he started the International Central Gospel Church ministry at the Kanda Cluster of Schools, and later moved to Sal Valley School, also in the Kanda area.

He currently serves as General Overseer of the Church and Senior Pastor of Christ Temple, Abossey Okai in Accra. Otabil has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees for his work in various fields. He was also a recipient of a Millennium Excellence Award. In 2007, he was honored by the Government of Ghana with a state award, Order of the Volta (Religion).


Otabil presents a radio and television program called Living Word where he addresses life issues such as religion, education, economic development, family life, and politics. The program has been broadcast by several radio and television networks in Ghana.

The show also runs on Matthew Ashimolowo's network KICC-TV, which reaches homes across Europe and into North Africa and parts of the Middle East.

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Kanye West, who has been hosting invite-only, church-style services on Sundays recently, is apparently now a “born-again Christian.”

Video Music: Kanye West Sunday Service “Say You Will”


Kanye West, who has been hosting invite-only, church-style services on Sundays recently, is apparently now a “born-again Christian.”

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David's Christian Centre , the home of victorious people. A family of victorious people bound by love and led by P astor Kingsley Okonk...

Church of the Day: David's Christian Centre

David's Christian Centre, the home of victorious people. A family of victorious people bound by love and led by Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo and Pastor Mildred Kingsley-Okonkwo - "We are called David's Christian Centre because God told us that ‘As David never lost a battle, so will His walk with us be." God preserved David and gave him victory everywhere he went. (1 Chronicles 18:6b)

In line with this covenant of victory, they are committed to raising a victorious people by schooling and training them through the word of faith into a life of 100% victory 100% of the time. 

There are Four Core Values that guide everything they do at David’s Christian Centre. They are as follows:

RIGHT LIVING

RESULTS

REACHING OUT IN LOVE

REAL LIFE


Address: David’s Christian Centre, Beside Meadow Hall School, Elegushi Beach Road, 3rd Roundabout, Lagos - Nigeria 

Phone: +2349099998317

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Pastor Okonkwo  - a televangelist and pioneer of Christian relationship talk show - Love, Dating and Marriage. A ‘crazy’ lover of God with ...

About Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo

Pastor Okonkwo - a televangelist and pioneer of Christian relationship talk show - Love, Dating and Marriage. A ‘crazy’ lover of God with a heart full of compassion for people, he preaches the truth in God’s Word with boldness and without any reservations.


With a vision to “raise a victorious people,” he has been on a mission to “school and train people through the word of faith into a life of 100% victory 100% of the time” for 20 years and still counting

Pastor Kingsley is not a man who just teaches, he lays emphasis on doing because that’s the only way to get results. He is a man of faith with numerous results to show for it and he constantly and consistently, with joy, teaches Bible-based principles so that people can live victoriously.


He plays tennis and football as a form of body exercise, watches movies when he can, rides a power bike because he loves to and travels round the world while still preaching the gospel on his trips.

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Granville Oral Roberts was born on January 24, 1918, in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, the fifth and youngest child of the Reverend Ellis Melv...

About Granville Oral Roberts

Granville Oral Roberts was born on January 24, 1918, in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, the fifth and youngest child of the Reverend Ellis Melvin Roberts  and Claudia Priscilla Roberts. Roberts began life in poverty and nearly died of tuberculosis at age 17. After finishing high school, Roberts studied for two years each at Oklahoma Baptist University and Phillips University. In 1938, he married a preacher's daughter, Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock.


Roberts became a traveling faith healer after ending his college studies without a degree. According to a TIME Magazine profile of 1972, Roberts originally made a name for himself with a large mobile tent "that sat 3,000 on metal folding chairs".

In 1945, Roberts resigned his pastorate in Shawnee, Oklahoma to hold revivals in the area and attend Oklahoma Baptist. But in the late summer of 1945, while preaching in a North Carolina camp meeting, Roberts was asked by Robert E. "Daddy" Lee of Toccoa, Georgia to consider becoming pastor of his small, eighty-member church. Roberts suggested they pray about it, and unexpectedly, decided to accept. By the end of the year, Roberts resigned and moved back to Shawnee. Apparently, the Georgia conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church frowned on having a minister from outside its conference as pastor. Short though it was, the Toccoa detour had a lasting effect on Roberts and his family. It was there that their daughter Rebecca, then five years old, first met her future husband, Marshall. There were also reportedly two instances of healing, which Roberts would later look back on as his first realization "that I was approaching 'my hour'."


Roberts was married to Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock for 66 years from December 25, 1938, until her death from a fall, on May 4, 2005, at the age of 88. Their daughter Rebecca Nash died in an airplane crash on February 11, 1977 with her husband, businessman Marshall Nash. Their elder son, Ronald Roberts, committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart on June 10, 1982, five months after receiving a court order to undergo counseling at a drug treatment center and six months after coming out as gay. The other two Roberts children are son Richard, an evangelist and former president of Oral Roberts University, and daughter Roberta Potts, an attorney.


Roberts died of complications from pneumonia on December 15, 2009, at the age of 91. He had been "semi-retired" and living in Newport Beach, California. He was interred next to his wife at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma (the same cemetery where T. L. Osborn was interred, nearly 4 years after).

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Gabriel Oladele Olutola  was born on 4 April 1933, Pastor Olutola  is a Nigerian-born author, pastor and motivational speaker. He is the fo...

Pastor Gabriel Oladele Olutola Biography

Gabriel Oladele Olutola was born on 4 April 1933, Pastor Olutola is a Nigerian-born author, pastor and motivational speaker. He is the former President of The Apostolic Church Nigeria and Chairman, Lagos, Western and Northern Areas (LAWNA) after he was inducted simultaneously into both posts in 2011 and 2009 respectively. He also serves as the Chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University.


Gabriel Olutola retired on April 29, 2017 and was replaced by Sampson Igwe as president of the Apostolic Church Nigeria and Segun Awojide as the LAWNA chairman. Olutola is among the Ijeshan leaders who helped to encourage Pentecostalism in Nigeria. He has been called one of the "notable servants of God" from Osun State. When asked what he would do after his retirement at 84, Olutola said he would continue to work for the Lord.


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Reverend Frank Chikane was born to James and Erenia Chikane and he grew up in Soweto attending Naledi High School . As the son of a preac...

Reverend Frank Chikane Biography

Reverend Frank Chikane was born to James and Erenia Chikane and he grew up in Soweto attending Naledi High School. As the son of a preacher in the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, a South African Pentecostal church, Chikane was able to receive an education. After finishing primary school, Chikane went to the University of the North to study sciences in hopes of becoming a physician. However, while at the university, Chikane became involved in the Black Consciousness Movement (or the Stephen Biko movement), and met future post-apartheid South African President and businessman, Cyril Ramaphosa, among others, the chair-person of Bidvest, a business listed on the JSE.


Chikane led protests at the university against apartheid, which resulted in his leaving the university without a degree in 1975. In early 1977, while working in the AFM as a layman, he was detained for a month under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 but was eventually released after a judge dismissed his case. Chikane was eventually ordained by the church in 1980, when he began advocating social programs such as a soup kitchen and adult education within the church for its primarily African population.

For these actions, Chikane was suspended from the conservative minded AFM in 1981, which would last until his reinstatement in 1990. After suspension from the AFM, Chikane joined the Institute for Contextual Theology, a Christian think-tank inside of the South African Council of Churches which promoted Liberation Theology of which he became the general-secretary in 1987. On 20 August 1983 the United Democratic Front (South Africa) was launched in the Rocklands community hall, Mitchell's Plain, near Cape Town. After a conference of delegates from 565 organisations (400 were already members), a public rally was held, attended by about 10,000 people. Frank Chikane, the first major speaker, called the day "a turning point in the struggle for freedom". In 1985, Chikane was one of the leading promoters of the Kairos Document, a leading Christian denunciation of Apartheid. In late 1989, agents of the apartheid government attempted to assassinate Chikane by lacing his underwear with Paraoxon, two of the suspects being former Police Minister Adriaan Vlok and his then police chief Johan van der Merwe. Each of them received suspended 10-year sentences. Vlok sought forgiveness from Rev. Chikane in 2006 by washing his feet.


From 1987 to 1994, Chikane was secretary general of the SACC. In 1995 he earned a master of public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. From 1997 onward, he has been a member of the African National Congress' National Executive Committee. Since 1999, Chikane has been the Director General of the presidency of South Africa under Thabo Mbeki. He was also consulting for Presidents Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma. He is currently the President of The AFM International an international religious body to promote the image of the Apostolic Faith Mission worldwide and to coordinate fellowship between AFM National Churches in all countries.

He recently published politically charged articles in one of South Africa's national newspapers The Star. These articles served as a memoir of his time in government and were dubbed The Chikane Files.

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An anti-gay, anti-Semitic Arizona pastor on Sunday became the first person to be banned from Ireland, according to a report. Steven L...

Christian Today: Anti-Semitic Arizona Pastor Becomes First Person Banned From Ireland


An anti-gay, anti-Semitic Arizona pastor on Sunday became the first person to be banned from Ireland, according to a report.

Steven L. Anderson — who grabbed headlines when he prayed for the death of former President Barack Obama in 2009 and in 2016 when he praised the gunman who killed 49 people at Florida’s Pulse nightclub — was set to visit Dublin to preach to an unspecified congregation, the Irish Times reported.

Numerous LGBT rights groups had called for Anderson to be barred from entering the country, with over 14,000 people signing a Change.org petition to that effect.

In response, Irish Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan signed an order under the nation’s 1999 Immigration Act banning the pastor. It’s the first exclusion order signed since the law was enacted.

I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interests of public policy,” Flanagan told the paper.

Anderson, who preaches at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, is known for saying that the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay club, resulted in “50 fewer pedophiles.” His church describes homosexuality as “abominations which God punishes with the death penalty.”

He’s also produced videos promoting Holocaust denial and bashing Jewish people, some titled, “The Jews and Their Lies” and “Jews Are Anti-Christs.”

Anderson is also banned from the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK.

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The Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir weaves a rich tapestry of harmonies and rhythms from African gospel, soulful spirituals and...

Video Music: Umbombela by Soweto Gospel Choir


The Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir weaves a rich tapestry of harmonies and rhythms from African gospel, soulful spirituals and American popular music.



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In the beginning of the 13th century, this Roman Catholic Cathedral was erected in Bourges, France . Built in the French Gothic style , t...

Church of the Day: Bourges Cathedral, France

In the beginning of the 13th century, this Roman Catholic Cathedral was erected in Bourges, France. Built in the French Gothic style, the Bourges Cathedral stands in a spot of religious significance dating back to at least the third century. 


Today, the cathedral boasts three-part elevations, a contemporary double-aisled design and a grand facade made more stunning with intricate carvings and embellishments. Incredibly, much of the original stained glass windows remain, many of them depicting fables and stories from the Old and New Testaments.


Address: Place Etienne Dolet, 18000 Bourges, France
Construction started: 1195


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The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in Soweto, South Africa, by Gift Ledimo , David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer , three choir directors. Th...

About The Soweto Gospel Choir

The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in Soweto, South Africa, by Gift Ledimo, David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, three choir directors. The more than 30-member ensemble blends elements of African gospel, Negro spirituals, reggae and American popular music. The group performed at the first of the 46664 concerts for Nelson Mandela and has since toured internationally several times.


Their albums Blessed, African Spirit and Freedom won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007, 2008 and 2019, respectively.

On 7 July 2007 they performed at the South African leg of Live Earth. Also in 2007, they joined Robert Plant in contributing to Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard Records), performing their version of Domino's "Valley of Tears".



The group was featured on the Peter Gabriel/Thomas Newman song "Down to Earth", written for Pixar's 2008 film WALL-E. The song was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 66th Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards.

The group performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final draw on 4 December 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.


In 2010 composer Christopher Tin's song "Baba Yetu", which featured the group, won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The song had originally been produced for Firaxis Games's 2005 PC title Civilization IV, but Tin enlisted the Soweto Gospel Choir to re-record the song for inclusion on his debut album, Calling All Dawns, leading to the song's nomination and award. This marked the first time a video game composition had won or been nominated for the category.

source: Wikipedia 

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Dag Heward-Mills was born on the 14 May 1963 to a Swiss mother and Ghanaian father (Nathaniel and Elizabeth Heward-Mills) in London, United...

About Bishop Dag Heward-Mills

Dag Heward-Mills was born on the 14 May 1963 to a Swiss mother and Ghanaian father (Nathaniel and Elizabeth Heward-Mills) in London, United Kingdom. He moved with his family soon after his birth to Accra Ghana and has spent his entire life in Ghana. He was converted to Christianity while having his secondary education at Achimota School. He joined Christian youth campaigns such as the Scripture Union as well as the Calvary Road Singers (which later became Harvest Chapel International immediately after his conversion.


He proceeding to the University of Ghana Medical School, where he was trained as a medical doctor. He started the Light House Chapel International while still a student in Medical school, having felt a strong call of God to start a church. In his fifth year of Medical School, Dag started the church in a little classroom in the School of Hygiene, Korle-Bu, with no more than 15 members. Amidst persecutions in various forms and with his academic work demanding time and effort, Dag saw this little church grow until it now filled the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Canteen.

Dag Heward-Mills founded the Lighthouse Chapel International church in 1987. He often states that God placed upon him the anointing to teach, and that led him to begin holding meetings in a classroom on his University campus at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. As attendance steadily increased, larger and larger halls had to be used. In 1992, the fledgling church acquired an old cinema hall within the Korle-Gonno area and mobilized its member to renovate the structure. The Korle Gonno Cathedral would become the first of several Cathedrals with the city of Accra that Dag Heward-Mills would build.


The congregation grew steadily until finally, in 2006, he commissioned the construction of the one of the largest church complexes in Africa; The Qodesh. The attendance at the Qodesh is estimated to be in the neighborhood of 10,000, far exceeding the sitting capacity of this huge structure. The church now has multiple service on any given Sunday.

Over the years Dag Heward-Mills has inspired many of his members to become missionaries, pastors and workers to help build the denomination into an internationally reputable ministry.


From the humble beginnings of meetings in a small classroom, there has certainly been astounding growth that continues to spread. Dag Heward-Mills has since planted over 2000 churches in 68 different countries worldwide. The Lighthouse Chapel International denomination has both acquired and built multiple buildings, including the Qodesh – its international headquarters. The Qodesh is one of the largest, ultramodern complexes in Africa.

Dag Heward-Mills met his wife Adelaide who was, at the time of his education in the University of Ghana, a law student. After a few years of courtship, they married in 1990 and have been married for more than 25 years with four children; David, Joshua, Daniella and Paula.

Lady Reverend Adelaide Heward-Mills supports Bishop Dag in his vision to win souls, plant churches and raise leaders. She speaks in women's and young peoples’ conferences all over the world.


Adelaide Heward-Mills has been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, throughout their entire marriage. As an insightful speaker, she draws heavily from her education and background in law.

In addition to raising two sons and two daughters, she serves as Executive Director of the Daughter You Can Make it Ministry. She also speaks across the country on women's roles in supporting their husbands, and she is in demand by women's organizations throughout the nation as a celebrated speaker on issues concerning marriage and family. With echoes of her husband's preaching style, Mrs. Heward-Mills boldly challenges women to serve as blessings to their husbands and families.

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Pastor Lawrence Onochie was Born on August 10, 1969, Onochie is from Ubulu ukwu, Delta State, located in the South-South part of Nigeria . ...

Lawrence Onochie Biography

Pastor Lawrence Onochie was Born on August 10, 1969, Onochie is from Ubulu ukwu, Delta State, located in the South-South part of Nigeria. Onochie grew up in Lagos, where he attended Oshodi Comprehensive High School, Lagos State, Nigeria from 1981–1985 and Federal School of arts and science between 1986-1987. In 1988, he was admitted into the Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Anambra State where he graduated in 1993.


He became born again in 1987 through the ministry of Bishop Mike Okonkwo at The Redeemed Evangelical Mission church after a delinquent lifestyle. In 1988, he pastored a fellowship called ‘The Royal Priesthood Family’ and further went on to become a pastor of ‘Youths Aflame Christian Outreach’ (YACO), a revolutionary youth ministry which was an amalgamation of three different youth ministries between 1989-1991. Between 1991-1993 he also served as the Pastor of ‘El-shaddai Club’, a campus fellowship in Anambra State University of Science and Technology.

In 1994, Lawrence Onochie served in the birthing process of House On The Rock Church, where he served in different capacities over a period of seven (7) years. At House On The Rock Church, he held various pastoral positions, which included Pastor in charge of the Music Ministry, Coordinator PETRA Coalition, Director of Counseling and Director of Missions.

On 11 November 2001, the General Overseer of The Redeem Evangelical Church, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, commissioned The Kings Heritage Church, of which Lawrence Onochie has since been its Senior pastor. Apart from his desire for winning souls, Lawrence is passionate about the role of youths in the positive transformation of Nigeria, and Africa in general. His mandate has always been to 'bring people from the back side to the front side'.

He is the convener of Discovery For Youths, a youths Empowerment initiative held annually, which is "focused on raising a new breed of dynamic young leaders in Nigeria.


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Students from Rockvale High School in Tennessee will pray before their football game this week after a complaint was filed against the co...

Christian Today: Tennessee Students Plan Prayer Circle after Atheist Group Complains

Students from Rockvale High School in Tennessee will pray before their football game this week after a complaint was filed against the coach.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued an objection against football coach Rick Rice after he prayed for his team, as reported by Faithwire. According to the organization, only students are allowed to lead prayers. The coach apologized for any misunderstanding after discussing the matter with the school principal and acknowledged that he led two prayers after games so far that season. 


But students from the high school believe the complaint was not needed.

“We always prayed before games. It was just part of what we did,” said Drew Kilgour, a Rockvale resident.

“That’s something that you see on the fields. That’s something that you see in the locker rooms. That’s something you see in the classrooms, in small groups when it comes to any athletic sport, but especially in football, we really see that,” Ronnisha Simmons-Duke, a mother of a Rockvale high school student, said.

In response to the complaint, Rockvale students Madison Nowacki and La’Naya Nelson announced an official prayer circle at 6:30 p.m. before their weekly football game, according to the Daily Journal.

“We have been talking about wanting to pray with our team for a while, but we were scared at first,” Nowacki said. “After the complaint, we thought we should voice our opinions as well and stand with our coach.”

Nowacki continued: “I believe that the complaint was very unnecessary and it upsets me to see it. Coach Rice is an amazing, outgoing and hardworking coach. …It was a prayer to heal the boys, and make sure they stayed strong.”

With brothers on the football team, Nowacki and Nelson hope the prayers help the boys “play harder, smarter and stronger.”

The FFRF (The Freedom From Religion Foundation)  is an atheist-led nonprofit organization that works to enforce the division between church and state and most recently called out a school in Robertson County, Tennesee, for baptizing athletes. According to CBN News, the school system responded that the activities were student-initiated and led.

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Desmond Tutu was born of mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage to a poor family in Klerksdorp, British Imperial South Africa . Entering adulth...

About Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Desmond Tutu was born of mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage to a poor family in Klerksdorp, British Imperial South Africa. Entering adulthood, he trained as a teacher and married Nomalizo Leah Tutu, with whom he had several children. In 1960, he was ordained as an Anglican priest and in 1962 moved to the United Kingdom to study theology at King's College London. In 1966 he returned to southern Africa, teaching at the Federal Theological Seminary and then the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. In 1972, he became the Theological Education Fund's director for Africa, a position based in London but necessitating regular tours of the African continent. 


Back in southern Africa in 1975, he served first as dean of St Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg and then as Bishop of Lesotho, taking an active role in opposition to South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation and white-minority rule. From 1978 to 1985 he was general-secretary of the South African Council of Churches, emerging as one of South Africa's most prominent anti-apartheid activists. Although warning the National Party government that anger at apartheid would lead to racial violence, as an activist he stressed non-violent protest and foreign economic pressure to bring about universal suffrage.

In 1985 he became Bishop of Johannesburg and in 1986 the Archbishop of Cape Town, the most senior position in southern Africa's Anglican hierarchy. In this position he emphasised a consensus-building model of leadership and oversaw the introduction of women priests. Also in 1986, he became president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, resulting in further tours of the continent. After President F. W. de Klerk released the anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990 and the pair led negotiations to end apartheid and introduce multi-racial democracy, Tutu assisted as a mediator between rival black factions. 

After the 1994 general election resulted in a coalition government headed by Mandela, the latter selected Tutu to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses committed by both pro and anti-apartheid groups. Since apartheid's fall, Tutu has campaigned for gay rights and spoken out on a wide range of subjects, among them the Israel-Palestine conflict, his opposition to the Iraq War, and his criticism of South African Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. In 2010, he retired from public life.


Tutu polarised opinion as he rose to notability in the 1970s. White conservatives who supported apartheid despised him, while many white liberals regarded him as too radical; many black radicals accused him of being too moderate and focused on cultivating white goodwill, while Marxist-Leninists criticised his anti-communist stance. He was widely popular among South Africa's black majority, and was internationally praised for his anti-apartheid activism, receiving a range of awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize. He has also compiled several books of his speeches and sermons.

Tutu is one of the patrons of The Forgiveness Project, a UK-based charity which seeks to facilitate conflict resolution and break the cycle of vengeance and retaliation.



Tutu is a committed Christian and starts every day with a period of quiet, reflection, walk  and Bible reading. Even on the momentous day of 27 April 1994 when blacks were able to vote for the first time, Tutu wrote “As always, I had got up early for a quiet time before my morning walk and then morning prayers and the Eucharist.”

Tutu is also a supporter of interfaith harmony. He admires fellow religious leaders, such as the Dalai Lama and feels that a person’s outer religion is not of critical importance.


“Bringing people together is what I call ‘Ubuntu,’ which means ‘I am because we are.’ Far too often people think of themselves as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

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McCauley was born in Johannesburg on 1 October 1949. He took a keen interest in bodybuilding, is a Mr South Africa and took part in the M...

Pastor Ray McCauley Biography

McCauley was born in Johannesburg on 1 October 1949. He took a keen interest in bodybuilding, is a Mr South Africa and took part in the Mr Universe bodybuilding championships in London in 1974 where he finished in third place. He was also a nightclub bouncer for a time.


McCauley attended bible college with his first wife Lyndie at Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma during 1978/9. On their return to South Africa the McCauleys started Rhema Bible Church under Rhema Ministries SA in the home of his parents, Jimmy and Doreen, which 13 people attended. Membership grew and the church moved into the former Constantia Cinema in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Under the leadership of Ray and Lyndie McCauley, the church outgrew its premises and moved to a warehouse in Jan Smuts Avenue in Randburg before moving to its current premises. 

In 1985 the church moved into the newly constructed 5,000 seater auditorium in Randburg, Johannesburg. The new church was dedicated on 16 June 1985 by Dr Kenneth E Hagin, the late founder of Rhema Ministries in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The auditorium was later upgraded to more than 7,500 seats to accommodate the growth of the church. Today the church has a 45,000 strong congregation, which is the single largest church congregation in southern Africa.

Towards the end of the apartheid era, McCauley and his associates were involved in numerous critical events that helped with the peaceful transition to a democratic nation in 1994. During this time he interacted with leading churchmen like Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Reverend Frank Chikane.


McCauley is a well-known speaker at church events around the world.

McCauley has authored several books including Our God Is An Awesome God (1993), Walk In Faith (1998), Making Your World Different (2000), The Secret Place (2003), Expect More (2005), Bottom Line (2005), Choose This Day (2007), Live Long, Die Young (2008), Power & Passion, Holy Ghost Fire and Purpose Powered People. His biography, Destined To Win (1986), was written by Ron Steele.

Rhema Television (RTV) broadcasts A New Day with Pastor Ray featuring teachings by McCauley.

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