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September 7, 2013

Gospel artist to perform at Circle City Classic service

TERRE HAUTE — Nationally-prominent gospel recording artist VaShawn Mitchell will perform at the Indiana Black Expo Inc. 30th Anniversary Circle City Classic Prayer and Praise Worship Service on Oct. 9, at the Eastern Star Church Northwest Campus, 5805 Cooper Road in Indianapolis.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Maurice Watson of Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, Ga. This year’s event coincides with the 25th anniversary celebration of Host Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr. The Eastern Church Choir will also perform. The service is free to the public and begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6.

Best known for his No. 1 hit “Nobody Greater,” Mitchell was born and raised in Chicago, the city known as the birthplace of gospel music. When he was barely a teenager, he became the assistant music director of St. Mark Baptist Church, working closely with nationally renowned choir leader Lonnie Hunter.

He served nearly a decade as minister of music at Bishop Larry D. Trotter’s Sweet Holy Spirit Church, setting the musical tone both within the church and on the ministry’s top-selling recording projects. His songs have been recorded by some of gospel’s most celebrated artists, including Smokie Norful (“Just Can’t Stop”), Vanessa Bell Armstrong (“Help”) and Bishop Paul Morton (“Cry Your Last Tear”).

Watson received a bachelor’s degree in education from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and was class valedictorian. He earned a master’s degree in theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a doctor of ministry degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala.

Watson’s first pastorate was at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, where he served for seven years. In Nov. 1988, Watson accepted the call to pastor the Salem Baptist Church in Omaha, Neb., where he served for just over 15 years before accepting his current position as senior pastor of Beulahland Bible Church.


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