James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Recipient – Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann is a Grammy® Award winner, NAACP Image Award winner, BET Award winner, Billboard Music Award Winner, Stellar Gospel Music Award winner and GMA Dove Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman. Tamela’s Stellar Gospel Music Award-winning album Best Days debuted at No. 1 on multiple Billboard music sales charts and includes the No. 1 RIAA-Platinum certified single “Take Me to The King.” Tamela set a historic personal and industry record as the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel radio chart history to score three consecutive No. 1’s from an album. The string of hits includes "Take Me to The King," "I Can Only Imagine,” and "This Place.” Tamela’s Billboard chart-topping fourth solo studio album One Way features the Billboard No.1 singles “God Provides” and “Change Me”. In 2017, Tamela broke the record for the most No. 1’s in the history of Billboard 's Gospel Airplay chart when "Change Me" became her sixth leader. Tamela co-stars with husband, actor/comedian David, in the hilarious TV comedy, Mann & Wife, and their NAACP Image Award-winning family docu-series, The Manns. Together, the couple heads up their independent entertainment company Tillymann Music Group.

Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award

2018 Recipient – Bishop Kenneth Moales, Sr.

The Late Bishop Kenneth H. Moales, Sr. a native of Bridgeport, CT., was the fourth child born to the late Doris Jackson and Matthew Moales, Sr. on September 21, 1945 and transitioned on September 20, 2010. He was a graduate of Warren Harding High School, Norwalk Community College and an alumnus of the Nyack College, as well as, the University of Bridgeport. He received the “Honoris Causa” Doctor of Divinity Degree (D.D.) from The Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops Congress of Cleveland, Ohio in Rome 2004. In the same year, Saint Thomas Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida, conferred the same honor.

Bishop and Lady Peggy Moales founded the Prayer Tabernacle Church of Love, Inc., in 1968. Upon building a new edifice, the Prayer Tabernacle Church of Love is now become the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. He was a renowned gospel artist and preacher’s preacher throughout the United States and abroad.

In his local community, Bishop Moales was the CEO of Kingdom’s Little Ones Christian Daycare, Kingdom Little Ones Academy and the Love Christian Academy Elementary School. Bishop Moales served two terms 1999 - 2002 as President of the Inter-denominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Bridgeport and Vicinity, Inc.; a member of the Bridgeport Clergy Association; Ralphola Taylor Community Center - YMCA of Bridgeport Board Member, Regional Advisory Council member for Housatonic Community College and a support to the Mayor’s cabinet. He served as a sixth term fire commissioner and a Mayoral appointee to the Charter Revision Committee for Bridgeport, Connecticut. Bishop Moales received numerous citations and awards.

In 1993 Bishop Moales succeeded the Father of Gospel Music, Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey, as President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, Inc., which will celebrate 85 Years of Gospel Music Ministry in Dallas, Texas, August of 2018. Bishop Moales in his young days was known as “Wonder Boy of Bridgeport” singing (“Ninety- Nine and Half Wont Do”). Bishop Moales in 1954 at the tender age of seven attended his first NCGCC in Memphis, Tennessee and continued until his demise in 2010 never missing one convention in 56 years. Bishop faithfully carried the legacy of Thomas A. Dorsey he was a perpetuator of Dorsey’s Dream. Bishop Moales as a Historical Consultant for the 100th Birthday Celebration of Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey for the Lincoln Center Festival of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at Avery Fisher Hall. He has been a lecturer at the American Museum of Natural History in celebrating “The Life and Legacy of Thomas A. Dorsey”, a member of the Advisory Board for Gospel Today Magazine, a member New York Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., Executive Board Member of Hampton University Ministers Conference and a member of the Board of Directors for The Gospel Complex for Education and Preservation. Moreover, Bishop Moales served on the Executive Board of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops, and ministered as the College’s Chaplin.

In 1995 Bishop Moales was consecrated and installed as Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ. His episcopacy served the states of Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. His episcopacy also included the Kunjalo Diocese, Cape Town, South Africa under the leadership of Bishop Hezekiah X. Walker.

Bishop Moales’ achievements and influence reached far beyond the expectations of his humble beginnings. The hand of God was upon his life, as Jeremiah 1:5 states, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” As God would have it, he lost his mother at the very tender age of 18 months, to tuberculosis. Bishop Moales was raised by his loving grandmother the late Mary Walker Moales; and because of her nurturing way, Bishop Moales coined the phrase “a grandmother’s love is a mother’s love twice.” He was very proud of the fact that he was from the Father Panik Village Housing Projects. When speaking of his early years he would say, “Our family was poor in finances but rich in love and spirit.”

This project kid lived to touch many lives and gained countless souls for Christ. Proving that were you come from doesn’t determine your future. Bishop traveled the length and breadth of this nation and even the world. At the onset of this millennium, Bishop Moales was privileged to preach in the American Church in Rome, The Church of Santa Susanna who was martyred in the early Church.

Bishop was a loving family man who adored his wife Peggy of 43 years of whom he covered with love and showered with gifts. He was especially proud of his children: Kenya (Shawn) Byrd, Kenneth (Ena) Moales, Jr. and Kenee (Rashid) Brown, and of their accomplishments. He gave quality time to his grandchildren: Damynicque Norris, Rajane’ Brown, Chelsea Byrd, Kenneth Moales III, Shaka Moales, Lazarus Brown, Ranease Brown, Simone Moales, Chad Byrd, Chloe Byrd, Rania Brown, Benjamin Brown and Great Grandson Keith Owens ; spoiling them and teaching them to share. Two additional grandchildren were born following his demise: Kiara and Judah-Ryan. He made a special effort to equip them for the future, to become leaders in the community and in the world at large.

Coupled with the love for his family, Bishop Moales loved the family of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award

2017 Recipient – Rev. Clay Evans

Reverend Dr. Clay Evans is the prolific founder of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church where he served as pastor and shepherd for fifty years. He became known as the pastor of pastors around Chicago and vicinity, and today is affectionately referred to as “The Godfather.” Dr. Evans was born June 23, 1925 to the late Henry Clay and Estanauly Evans in Brownsville, Tennessee. He has been married to Lutha Mae Hollingshed for sixty-nine years. They are the proud parents of five children, one of whom preceded them in death in December 1996. He was ordained a Baptist Minister in 1950, but matriculated through various institutions of higher learning including Chicago Baptist Institute, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity College and International Bible Institute & Seminary, and the University Of Chicago Divinity School. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Arkansas Baptist College. Dr. Evans has been responsible for launching the ministerial careers of ninety-three persons. He has been a leader in the Civil Rights Movement since 1965. Dr. Evans is Founding Chairman of Operation PUSH and Chairman Emeritus of Rainbow PUSH. He is the Founding National Chairman of the African American Religious Connection (AARC), the Founding President of Broadcast Ministers Alliance (BMA), and the Founder of the Clay Evans Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (CESF). He has served as advisor and board member of numerous civic and religious organizations, including the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Dr. Evans has authored six exciting publications, namely, From Plough Handle to Pulpit (an autobiography), Gateway to an Abundant Life, A Chat with the Elder, Questions and Answers to Daily Situations, It is No Secret What God Can Do and The Fellowship Manual, A Handbook of Church Polity and Practice. Dr. Evans has been the featured soloist on more than thirty albums recorded with both his 250 voice choir and the AARC Mass Choir. He also recorded several albums featuring his powerful sermons, including “Job’s Greatest Problems” and “Every Kind in the Net.” One special album features prayers by Dr. Evans, Reverend Lacy Banks and Reverend Consuella York. Dr. Evans retired as pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on December 8, 2000, but he continues to minister at funeral service of lots of old members of Fellowship, as well as preach powerful sermons at churches in and around Chicago and churches all over the United States of America. He is someone that everyone should get to know.

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