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Why I joined the church? A preview into Thursday’s ‘Gospel’ event

Discussion with Elder Jamar Johnson and Pastor Joshua Robertson

  • By Marquis Lupton

Airdate: February 5th, 2024


This Thursday promises to be an enriching evening as Shippensburg University hosts a screening of “Gospel,” a captivating documentary delving into the soulful realms of Black spirituality through sermons and song. Commencing at 6:30 pm, the event will convene a diverse panel representing the multifaceted facets of the black church and gospel music scene.

“Gospel” serves as a profound exploration of the profound impact gospel music has had on shaping contemporary society. Currently available for streaming on PBS, the documentary offers a stirring journey through the cultural and spiritual significance of this genre.

The screening event, open to all, invites attendees to engage in a dialogue surrounding the transformative power of gospel music. The discussion promises to be insightful, shedding light on how gospel has influenced and continues to shape our collective consciousness.

Among the esteemed panelists joining the event is Elder Jamar Johnson, a distinguished figure from First Calvary Church of God In Christ. Not only does he serve as a Youth Pastor, but he also holds the esteemed position of East Region Youth Department Vice President for 8 Eastern states. Renowned for his world-class singing abilities, Elder Johnson embodies the essence of gospel music, with a voice that resonates with depth and authenticity.

Accompanying Elder Johnson is Pastor Joshua Robertson, a revered figure known for his insightful interview on The Melanin Report, as well as his heartfelt messages from his Pulpit, as the Pastor of The Rock Church in Harrisburg. Pastor Robertson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussion, offering unique perspectives on the intersection of faith, music, and culture.

Together, these esteemed panelists ignited a meaningful conversation that celebrated the rich heritage and enduring legacy of gospel music. All are encouraged to attend this free event and be a part of this illuminating exploration into the soul-stirring world of gospel.

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