He took to the podium and immediately began an acapella rendition of two well known hymns satisfying everyone’s desire to hear this Grammy Award winner’s claim to fame.
However, Pastor Donnie McClurkin did not come for a musical concert but to preach at the request of his special friends Pastor Marvin and First Lady Charisse Moreland to help celebrate the 40th Church Anniversary of Deliverance Temple Church Of God In Christ in Aliquippa.
But to accommodate the large crowd Pastor Moreland held this service at the beautiful Wildwood Chapel on Jack Street in Aliquippa, pastored by Richard Liptak.
Pastor McClurkin served as an assistant to Pastor Marvin L Winans at Perfecting Church, Detroit for more than a decade. He was ordained in 2001 and established Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, NY. His membership has grown to nearly 3000 since it’s inception. Though known for his singing, he feels his greatest strengths and calling lie in pastoral ministry.
His preached Word, taken from Matthew 13 focused on “getting an understanding of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, with balance, not succumbing to the religious traditions of church rhetoric and the animation of many preachers.” He further encouraged the congregation to allow God to deal with their heart, turn away from sin and be totally healed. His message touched the hearts of those in attendance, many came forth to the alter as all three Pastors prayed for them.
Before and after the benediction, Pastor McClurkin sat, at length, at the piano to share his music ministry with all the young musicians who participated in the service.
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