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Bishop Joseph L. Garlington, Sr., PhD is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, a multiracial and cross-cultural community of more than three thousand members, which he founded with his wife, Barbara, in 1971.
For more than two decades, Covenant Church has been a model for racial healing and reconciliation for Reconciliation! Ministries International, an International Network of Churches and Ministries, INC, for which he is the Presiding Bishop. Reconciliation! Ministries spans the globe in representation with nearly a thousand congregations worldwide.
He is the president of Building United of Southwestern Pennsylvania, an ecumenical coalition of bishops in the Southwestern and Western Pennsylvania corridor. Through the synergy of this partnership with local and national financial institutions and foundations, they are beginning to see genuine fruit from President Bush’s faith-based initiatives in providing home ownership for low and middle income families.
As the visionary for Covenant Church, he launched an outreach to recover an abandoned school in Wilkinsburg, PA, that is now known as Hosanna House Community Center, which has become a world-class model for creative partnerships with government, business, foundations and the church. This and other numerous outreaches to the local and international community have positioned Covenant Church as a recognized leader in the faith-based community.
Bishop Garlington is an accomplished musician, recording artist, author and scholar, whose work touches thousands through radio and TV, through his weekly television broadcast, Something Fresh, through national and international conferences, through albums, books and articles. He is internationally recognized in the religious community for his work and ministry in many churches in South Africa since 1979.
His preaching and teaching ministry, known for its humor and deep insight, has made him a popular speaker at many national conferences such as Promise Keepers, the international men’s movement, where he has regularly addressed tens of thousands of men. Bishop Garlington regularly consults for pastors, churches and organizations that are eager to develop similar models of racial reconciliation and healing.
He is married to Barbara Williams Garlington, and together they share responsibility for seven children, thirteen grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.
Leif Hetland is founder and president of Global Mission Awareness. He ministers globally bringing an impartation of God’s love, healing, and apostolic authority through a paradigm of kingdom family. A forerunner in modern-day missions, Leif has brought the gospel into the most spiritually dark areas of the world. Over one million souls have been saved through his ministry. He has written numerous books, including his best-sellers Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes and Healing the Orphan Spirit. Leif and his wife Jennifer reside just outside Atlanta, GA where they continue to touch countless lives through their ministry.
Dr. Edgar Gonzalez-Jaime is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and apostolic mentor for recognized ministerial leaders. His preaching and teaching ministry has been described as unique, scholarly, life-changing and powerful. His ministry is known worldwide for sound apostolic teaching and preaching, the manifestation of physical healing, signs and wonders, and an impressive prophetic anointing.
Dr. Gonzalez is an ordained and apostolically commissioned minister who serves as President of Global Impact Ministries—an apostolic organization that ministers to local churches and five-fold ministers at an international and domestic level—and president of Edgar Gonzalez Ministries International—where he travels domestically and internationally as an Apostle, Evangelist, and Prophet preaching and teaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. He is a member of the United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (USCAL) and In Covenant Ministries Fellowship (ICMF).
Dr. Gonzalez obtained his undergraduate education at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico where he finished a BA in Psychology and at Hostos Law School in Puerto Rico a Juris Doctor degree. He also holds a Master in Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration on Leadership from the College of Theology and Ministry at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
David Hogan was born and raised in North Louisiana. His family for generations before him were men who preached the Gospel. After being around the Gospel for many years he rebelled against hypocrisy and God and lived a hard life with drinking, gangs and violence. He and his wife Debbie were married in 1971 in Louisiana. While he was working in the oil field his wife got saved and began praying with David’s parents for his salvation. While on an airplane to the oil field in Alaska he received a direct challenge from God to be that man who was no hypocrite but sought after and walked in the power of God. He accepted Jesus as his Saviour and immediately returned on the next flight.
Upon returning everything was changed and he began to pastor a small church in North Louisiana where they had many souls saved each week. Later he received the power of the Holy Spirit by being prayed for.
In 1977 after taking a trip to the mission field in Mexico he came home to find his wife also having heard from God that this place is where they were supposed to give their lives for the Gospel.
They then moved to Mexico. At this time they had two children, Jo-d and Crystal.
During language school he received an open and extended vision from God about the exact area that he was told to “start here”. Using this vision as a guide and finding the area he began ministering to the Indians of Mexico. This has been a long and hard process, pioneering a work in a place that has never had a Gospel witness. Fighting the powers of the devil along with witchcraft, idolatry and spirit worship takes the power of the Holy Ghost.
David decided to go after God for His power to see the miraculous, to see “signs following” instead of only religious hypocrisy. He began to seek God to raise the dead. After four years of intense prayer and fasting he saw the first person receive life after having died, this miracle by the power of prayer to God. God has since allowed him to be present on 28 different occasions to date where people of all backgrounds have been raised from the dead. In the work now there have been over four hundred people who have received this life after dying. This is one miracle of God among many that has affected the work.
There have been healings of every nature, with body parts being healed or recreated through prayer.
Founding Freedom Ministries in 1981, this work has reached many countries in Latin America. The work continues to grow through preaching an uncompromising Gospel of Jesus Christ with many missionaries coming alongside to finish the same vision of winning Mexico and the world for Jesus. There are now over six hundred churches and many missions throughout Mexico.
David and Debbie live in Mexico and now have four grown children, Jo-d, Crystal, Joy and Luis. All four of their children with their families work alongside of their parents in the ministry.
Now involved in many international ministry opportunities he continues to preach this unmoving Gospel that radically changes the way Christians think about the possibilities of God for their lives and the lives of those around them.
Pastors Gordon and Derozette Banks are committed to love God, love people and live devoted to God’s calling. Their relevant message challenges people to live as overcomers and motivates them to become a voice of transformation in their communities.
Drawing from over 25 years of ministry experience, Pastor Gordon delivers a message that transcends not only the local church, but also the corporate world and many nations around the globe. He believes that if people will work hard and have faith to move in the power and anointing they already possess, they will become an overcomer in all aspects of life. He imparts a growing desire to seek God’s will and His Kingdom. As a loving father, devoted husband, published author and lover of people, Pastor Gordon’s testimony will challenge you to transform your life for a greater cause.
Pastor Derozette delivers hope to many people after having battled ovarian cancer at a young age. After overcoming cancer and growing up in Compton, California, she developed an inner strength and fervor for God that only comes after achieving victory over intense adversity. She is a powerful encourager to people of all races and backgrounds.
The Banks met each other while he played in the USFL for the Oakland Invaders, and she was a beauty queen, competing in the Miss California USA Pageant. He later went on to play football for the Dallas Cowboys. His experience as a professional athlete and her influence in pageants provide them with a powerful testimony they can draw upon for the empowerment of believers. They now partner in preaching the gospel and influencing people across the globe. After faithfully serving in Dallas, Texas at Covenant Church for many years, they accepted the call of God to the Northwest. They now live in the Seattle area with their five children: Danielle, Joshua, Joseph, Judah and Jeremiah.
Brett and Gizelle Jones are the proud parents of three adult children, Kimber, Casey and Carley and two precious grandchildren, Ella and Garner.
In addition to pastoring at Grace Church, Pastor Brett is the Executive Chaplain for the Houston Airport System overseeing Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports. Considered a “leader’s leader,” he provides mentorship to many pastors and their congregations. With a passion for missions and evangelism he has traveled the globe ministering the Gospel and equipping leaders.
Pastor Brett’s heart is to see the lost saved and to never lose sight of “the one” in the masses. He considers his most influential role model his father, the late Bishop Franklin Jones, whose rich legacy of ministry, service, and honor is woven into the very fiber of his being. Two of his greatest accomplishments have been walking to the altar with Jesus and walking to the altar with Gizelle, his beautiful wife of over 35 years.
Pastor Joel Brooks is a nationally known speaker, author, and the Senior Pastor of Stones Church, a dynamic, 2,100 member, multi-cultural church located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with an additional location in the Grand Rapids/Kentwood, Michigan area. He is also the founder of Romantic Warrior Ministries.
Pastor Brooks places an emphasis on men taking the leadership role for which God created them, takes a strong stand for racial reconciliation and unity, and targets young adults, challenging them to mature and to accept responsibility.
Pastor Brooks is a featured author of a chapter in Dr. Edwin Louis Cole’s book entitled, Man Power. He has also co-authored a book entitled What Women Don’t Know (And Men Don’t Tell You) which speaks to the heart of women and brings value and fatherhood to women in a world where self-dignity and respect is often lost. Most recently, Pastor Brooks was a featured writer with the Kalamazoo Gazette, a local newspaper, for a bi-weekly column titled “Practical Answers to Today’s Questions.” His television broadcast Transformed is viewed nationally and internationally and has had a dramatic impact in West Michigan and beyond for over 20 years.
Pastor Yvonne is a native New Yorker with over 20 years experience in education, school administration, and leadership. She is the Performing Arts Pastor at Stones Church , with a unique ability to bring talent and anointing together for transforming worship experiences. She oversees all aspects of the Performing Arts Ministry and is a dynamic worship leader as well. Pastor Yvonne is also a gifted leader and presenter on spiritual things; women, marriage, singles, blended families, children and the arts. She is married to the man of her dreams, Pastor Joel A. Brooks, Jr. and assists him in leading Stones Church. Pastor Joel and his lovely wife, Pastor Yvonne, are the proud parents of eight beautiful children and three grandchildren. They are an awesome ministry team and together they are transforming lives through the power of God’s Word.
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“The best you can do is to prepare your heart and be obedient… William McDowellyou have to be willing to become invisible. It’s never about you. Nothing in the service is about you. People aren’t coming to see you. They are coming to experience God.”
With this underlying approach, during 40 days of fasting and prayer prior to the recording, new songs began to emerge. As an example, McDowell points to the song “Withholding Nothing,”
“What started in rehearsal as a way to re-work our song ‘Give Myself Away’ became the title track after the event,” he explains. “As we were singing the chorus of what would become ‘Withholding Nothing,’ the response was overwhelming. The whole evening was like that… at least 45 minutes of the project was unrehearsed.”
Six months later, McDowell finished writing “Withholding Nothing.” And that finished song is now the album’s first radio single and a bonus “radio edit’ track on the CD.
Referring to both the song and the entire recording, McDowell adds, “No one expected that. We just rehearsed and then followed the leading of the Holy Spirit.”
The powerful, unforgettable result of that obedience is Withholding Nothing, a CD/DVD unlike anything you’ve probably ever seen in Christian and Gospel music. Produced by McDowell, Steven Lester of Elevation Church, Aaron Lindsey, and Clay Bogan, who co-produced Arise, Withholding Nothing aims not so much to entertain or inspire as to minister to those who listen and watch. It was created as a testimony, to open wide the door for a new generation to witness the manifestation of God’s presence among his people.
With 14 unforgettable tracks recorded on CD and 20 total on the DVD, including standouts from Arise and As We Worship, Withholding Nothing reverberates with anthems of surrender and praise, overcoming and victory and a clarion call to change the world in Jesus’ name.
“The DVD highlights 2000 people immersed not in a recording but in worship, people who don’t know they are being heard by anyone but God,” McDowell explains. “We don’t get pre-claps, we don’t stop for any reason. The focus is 100 percent on God and what He’s saying, and the songs just happen the way they happen.”
In fact, when McDowell presented the DVD footage to his distribution company (Entertainment One), booking and management, a collective awe filled the room. They’d never seen anything like it before, a video that focused more on what was happening in the venue, the impact of and response to the encounter, than on the artist on stage.
“We never have a lock on it,” says McDowell. “Each time we bring our hearts to God, it feels as if it is a fresh encounter. We can’t rely on past encounters with God, because he chooses the encounter. We pray and ask him to show up, and if we think it’s something we’re doing, we’re missing the whole point.”
That point has been made crystal clear to McDowell during his travels, including extraordinary trips to Guyana, Guadeloupe and Ghana.
In Guyana, after leading three songs, McDowell witnessed an historical event when the nation’s president took the stage to pray and offer his country back to God. Furthermore, he asked for forgiveness from the opposing political party and prayed for reconciliation. It was an unprecedented act that took the nation’s media by surprise, resulting in headlines such as “Historic Reconciliation At Gospel Concert.”
While at a concert in Guadeloupe, McDowell witnessed the miraculous healing of a deaf man as thousands sang in French despite language barriers. “The thing is,” explains McDowell, “the man wasn’t even a Christian… he was at the concert because he’s a member of the media and he was covering the event.” This time, the headlines read, “Media Member Receives Healing At Concert.”
“We’re not going into these places for concerts,” says McDowell. “We’re going in to see moves of God.”
This was confirmed to McDowell in Ghana when a local pastor explained to him, “We didn’t bring you here for a concert, but for an impartation.”
Referencing his growing international platform, McDowell says, “If you look at what God is doing, what only He can do, I can’t take credit for any of this… if it works, it’s God. There’s no pressure because you can’t do anything apart from God, but there is responsibility to inspire the next generation to pursue God, to inspire them to get into His presence and make a difference in this world.”
“If I don’t do it, He’ll find someone who will.”