The city of Newark plans to honor the Rev. Ron Christian, who was found dead last month inside his office at the Christian Love Baptist megachurch in Irvington, New Jersey, by renaming a street after him.
The Newark Municipal Council has voted unanimously to dedicate a street to the late pastor, and will be asking his family to select the location, according to NJ.com.
Earlier this month, about 2,000 mourners gathered at the memorial held in Newark for the 51-year-old pastor, a former heroin addict and convict who turned to Christ after he was released from prison in 1997. more >>
"The Breakfast Club," a morning show created for the hip hop listening audience in New York, has become quite the go-to spot for preachers and christian artists lately. In a recent interview with Hillsong NYC's leader, Carl Lentz, co-hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God, questioned the pastor about his modern day approach to christianity and what causes him to be linked to A-list celebrities.
Lentz was invited to the popular Power 105.1 studio after Kirk Franklin mentioned his name while visiting previously. The team was intriqued by how much Franklin respected the pastor and decided to invite him to be a guest on their show.
During Lentz's appearance, a normally vulgar Charlamagne asked him questions about his unique appearance as a pastor, his ministry and his thoughts on fornication. They inquired about his brand of preaching, and his relationship with global music star Justin Bieber. more >>
A once struggling, predominantly white church in Florida has experienced amazing growth since merging with a predominantly black megachurch.
In January, Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park announced that they were merging with Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
Singapore's City Harvest Church founding pastor Kong Hee was sentenced Friday to eight years in jail, and five other church leaders were also given prison terms between 21 months and six years, over a $35-million fraud case they were involved in to fund the music career of Kong's wife.
Former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han received a six-year sentence, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng got five-and-a-half years, ex-finance manager Serina Wee got five years, and former finance committee member John Lam and former finance manager Sharon Tan received three years and 21 months respectively, according to Strait Times.
Kong and the other five were found guilty in October of using a management company, Xtron, as a conduit to financially support his wife, singer and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho, and her planned U.S. album release. more >>
Each gospel music artist billed on the Festival of Praise Tour could have headlined the show which travels to over 50 cities, but the seven stars refuse to take the stage alone.
Israel Houghton is joining gospel music heavyweights Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Hezekiah Walker, Jessica Reedy, Isaac Carree and Zacardi Cortez on the tour coordinated by Fred Hammond. While Houghton told The Christian Post that multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove award winners on the stage tends to breed competition, he believes it is a unique and healthy format.
"It's been a lot of fun, we work hard, we play hard. I think the thing that has really stood out about this tour is the sense of camaraderie and unity, which is not normal amongst musicians and artists," Houghton told CP. "There is always going to be that slight, healthy competition of us all inspiring each other to push harder, sing better and all that kind of stuff. The unhealthy part of the competition does not exist on this tour." more >>
City Harvest Church Pastor Kong Hee should serve between 11 to 12 years in prison for funneling more than $35.5 million in church donations for his popstar wife's career, the prosecution in the case has said days before sentencing.
Kong, the founder and leader of one of the largest megachurches in Singapore, was found guilty back in October along with five other CHC members of using management company Xtron as a conduit to financially supporting his wife, singer and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho and her planned U.S. album release.
The Straits Times reported earlier this week that the public prosecutor has asked that 51-year-old Kong, along with deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 43; former CHC finance manager Serina Wee, 38; and former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han, 55, all be handed a prison sentence between 11 to 12 years. more >>