The Americus Times-Recorder
For over 26 years AmeriGospel, Inc. has bestowed upon Americus-Sumter County and surrounding communities, its open and embracing outlook for worshipping God.
Since 1986, AmeriGospel has aimed to enhance the knowledge of gospel through different avenues of praise and worship. According to the founder, Kelvin W. Pless, this is a part of the standing foundation of the organization. Each year is different from the previous with the difference being embedded in the understanding that ideas, people, and life evolve.
“As Christians, we are confronted with the new challenges of the world. Even though we don’t change the standards of what God has founded, the world is constantly changing and we must be ahead by being obedient of God’s directives for His people,” said Pless.
These directives are not limitations but are new ways of continuing to praise and worship God through the arts whether it is song, dance or instrumentation. The workshops/clinics aim to develop these areas by incorporating some of the new perceptions of how worship can be presented in many forms. This year’s workshops will continue with various clinics such as art, percussion, and director of music ministries but will also emphasize the use of technology. Technology is a very integral piece to the puzzle of evolution, and AmeriGospel will be using many technological features to not only enhance the concert presentation with special effects-- visual and auditory-- but also to develop a smoother process with decision-making matters.
This will be done through the use of cell phones. By using cell phones, staff, Board members and/or participants will have access to vote on any elections, polls or other concerns. For Pless, this new upgrade through the use of technology is to better serve the participants.
“These technologies are not just limited to the AmeriGospel staff, Board or participants, but it will be beneficial to those churches and organizations that partake in this experience as they can take this knowledge back to their own communities and use it in whatever manner to help with their own growth and evolution,” added Pless.
No matter what the directives are, the focus is still growth and evolution, and it is not just limited to the workshops/clinics or any ideas that create the space for new opportunities, but also through the direction of leadership. This year’s workshops and concert will also feature two new directors who are no strangers to AmeriGospel: Larry Wilson and Adrienne Seay.
The Adult Mass Choir will be under the direction of Larry Wilson. Wilson has been involved with the organization for almost 4 to 5 years as a band leader and organist. Pless describes him as being extremely gifted as he plays various instruments and is a trained vocalist. As a Minister of Music at St. Paul Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., Wilson brings tons of hands of experience with leading within his own church family but also his professional experience as he has worked with well-known artist such as Byron Cage, Kirk Franklin and James Fortune.
The Youth Mass Choir will be directed by Adrienne Seay. Seay is a product of the Youth Mass Choir, so choosing her as the directress was done with no hesitation. In previous years, Seay was selected by the Executive Board as well as her peers to be the “Youth of the Year” because of her great leadership in the music ministry not only with AmeriGospel but also in her church, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Seay is described by Pless as someone who is experienced, who loves and is loved by children, and who will continue to grow in her ministry because of her closeness to God.
“We are excited to have Larry and Adrienne as leaders this year. They are both anointed, guided by God, and love to worship Him. Their accomplishments within AmeriGospel and outside of it are manifested by God, and they will both bring great leadership to this year’s clinics and presentation,” said Pless.
The workshops will be held on December 27-29culminating with a concert presentation on December 30 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 411 Cotton Ave., Americus.
“We welcome all. Come as a participant. Come as a spectator. The workshops get better every year and the concerts prove to be testimonies to all who witness in whatever capacity they choose. AmeriGospel is refreshing to the soul because we worship freely without restrictions and opinions. We model the prayer of Paul in Ephesians 1:16-21 and thrive on 2 Corinthians 3:17—‘Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,’” said Pless.
If you are looking to enjoy this year’s workshops/clinics and concert, feel free to join AmeriGospel during the climax of the holiday season. For those interested in participating in any of the workshops/clinics, preregistration forms are now available and you are encouraged to register to receive a $5 discount before December 26th. For more information, please contact or visit us at the following listings: phone, (229) 942–5273; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.amerigospel.org www.amerigospel.org; and/or Facebook/amerigospel.org.