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Gospel music artist Bishop F.C. Barnes passes away at 82

Bishop F.C Barnes
Yesterday, Bishop F.C. (Faircloth) Barnes, probably best known for the hit gospel song “Rough Side of the Mountain” that he recorded with Rev. Janice Brown, passed away.

Bishop Barnes, who recently celebrated his 82nd birthday on June 22, has steadily gained national and international acclaim since being called into ministry nearly 60 years ago.

He has four sons, Samuel, Luther, Tony and Melvin. In early 2010, Bishop F.C.Barnes was inducted, along with his son Luther, into the AGQC Hall of Fame. In that same year, Bishop Barnes & Company received a Stellar Award nomination for their latest CD “The Old Time Way.” He also made an memorable appearance on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel.

During his gospel musical career, Bishop Barnes recorded 15 albums.
Please keep Barnes family and friends in your prayers.

Funeral arrangements have not been made. We will be sure to keep you updated.

Fred Luter, voted to highest ranking post for a African-American in the SBC

Pastor Fred Luter
Last month New Orleans pastor Fred Luter, Jr. was voted, highest ranking African American in the Southern Baptist church. While his roots are in New Orleans, Luter is a respected preacher throughout the country.

Luter’s has accomplished what many could only dream of after joining Franklin Avenue Baptist Church as pastor in 1986. Before that time he had no pastoral experience. In 1992, Luter was the first African-American to be elected to the Executive Board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He continued to make waves in the black community when, less than a decade later, he was the first African-American to preach the Southern Baptist Convention Message (June 2001).

Under his leadership, FABC has become the largest Southern Baptist church in Louisiana. The number of black churches in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, makes up less than ten percent of churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Luter said it doesn’t make him uncomfortable that people want to see this as a milestone for African-Americans.

“There’s no way we can get around it. Here’s a convention that started on slavery. Years later you have an African-American one step away from the presidency. I can’t deny that,” Luter said.

His election paves the way to an elevation to the top position of president when the denomination holds its annual meeting next year in New Orleans.

David S. Dockery, the president of SBC-affiliated Union University in Jackson, Tenn., tweeted moments after the voting results were announced: “Hope he will be elected president next year in New Orleans!”

The number of baptisms done in 2010 was the lowest since the 1950s. With the election of Luter to such a high position, many believe it is the SBC’s effort to add diversity to it’s leadership and flock. Congratulations to Fred Luter and we wish him the best of luck~~(including with the 2012 election in New Orleans)

Jonathan Dunn performs “Here I Am” at MaLinda Sapp Homegoing Service

This was very touching to me, especially when Marvin Sapp took the stage. It was a very touching service.

Here is Donnie McClurkin performing “Stand”.

And a tribute from the children..

Wife of Marvin Sapp, Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp, dies

Malinda Sapp

Pastor Marvin Sapp and wife Dr. MaLinda Sapp

It is with sad news that we report, Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp, wife of Pastor Marvin Sapp passed away today from Colon Cancer. MaLinda was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009. In addition to being a devoted first Lady, she also was a licensed counselor and college professor. She will be deeply missed. Please GospelMagnet friends lift Pastor Marvin Sapp and his three beautiful children, Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson up in prayer. We will update you on information on funeral arrangements as soon as it becomes available.

Family hour will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 16th followed by a homegoing service at 12 noon at the Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Michigan.

Mark Your Calendar: Fred Hammond comes to First Baptist Church of Glenarden (DMV)

Fred Hammond Love Unstoppable

On July 4th, the amazing Fred Hammond will serve as special guest at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, MD. So mark your calendar and make sure you get out to celebrate with Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. and his great ministry.

Date: July 4th 2010

Time: 6:30pm

First Baptist Church of Glenarden
600 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

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