June 28, 2014
Wintley Phipps was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and grew up in Montreal, Canada. In those formative years he was surrounded by music of the church. Following graduation from Kingsway College (a high school near Toronto, Ontario) he attended Oakwood College in the 1970s, where he studied music theory and began writing gospel music. After graduating from there in 1976, he continued his education by attending Andrews University, where he completed an M.Div. in 1979.
Since graduating from AU, Phipps has served simultaneously as a minister, acclaimed singer and writer of religious music, and innovator in programs that offer hope to children and youth. With his wonderfully resonant baritone voice, he has witnessed through music in a way that has earned him international recognition. He earned two Emmy nominations in 1988 and 1989 for his writing, has given numberless concerts, and sung at prayer breakfasts for Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and at the Vatican and Billy Graham Crusades.
A person who believes that “there is a purpose and destiny for each life,” and that “the most exciting adventure a human being can experience is to connect through service,” Phipps has inspired others with both his message and his actions. An outstanding example of the latter is his founding of the U.S. Dream Academy in 1998, a nonprofit organization that through its programs seeks to offer hope to those with few opportunities to better themselves and lead productive lives.
Discouraged by the high number of African-Americans he saw when doing prison ministry years ago, Phipps wanted to help persons break the cycle of crime and incarceration that plagues families and communities when few opportunities exist. The academy provides value-based tutoring, remedial education, support, and mentoring for children and youth in at-risk situations.
The first U.S. Dream Academy, which opened in 2000 in Washington, D.C., was followed by a second in that area. Their success has led to the establishment of similar programs in larger cities across the nation.
The program attracted national attention and, in 2004, an Excellence in Mentoring Award, the nation’s highest award for service of this type. Phipps subsequently received a Use Your Life Award of $1,000,000 from Oprah Winfrey in 2005, which was used to expand the program; and in that same year, Phipps received a check for $100,000 to assist in his work with the academy at the MarkerMan Productions Fall Leadership weekend.
Wintley Phipps has been the featured speaker and performer
for many notable occasions around the world. On January
21, 2009 his celebrated rendition of “Amazing Grace” was
performed for the 56th Presidential Inaugural Prayer
Service attended by President Barack and First Lady Miche
lle Obama and Vice President
Joseph and Dr. Jill Biden at
the Washington National Cathedral. On January 2
, 2007 by special request of Ms. Oprah Winfrey, Mr. Phipps
delivered an inspirational message and prayer for the openi
ng of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in
South Africa. Hosted by Congress, Wintley has sung fo
r Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William
Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush at annual Na
tional Presidential Prayer Breakfast events and other
distinguished celebrations. Wintley was selected by Oprah Wi
nfrey to offer musical inte
rpretations for her week-long
coverage of the “
and was asked to pen a special prayer for her
to deliver in tribute to the lives lost. He
has met President Nelson Mandela of South Africa; perform
ed for the 2005 pre-inaugural swearing-in ceremony of
President George Bush; both the 1984 and 1988 Nati
onal Democratic Conventions for Reverend Jesse Jackson;
performed at Congressional Gold Medal Ceremonies in th
e White House for Mother Teresa of Calcutta and The
Little Rock Nine; the Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. television special; Focus on the Family 25
Celebration; the National Urban
League; Dr. Robert Schuller’s
Hour of Power
Telecast; the Billy Graham Crusades;
the Vatican for Pope John Paul II; the Rosa Parks Birthda
y Celebration at the Kennedy Center; and special guest
soloist at Diana Ross’ wedding ceremony in Switzerland.
He has also conducted lectures in Europe, Australia, Asia,
Africa, and North and South America.
On Saturday, June 28, SCS will be hosting it’s first All 1 5K Run/Walk at Woodbourne Park. All proceeds will benefit our Inclusion Program. We hope you will join us! Visit raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=26281 for further information and to register.
All proceeds from this “All-1 5K Walk/Run” will go to the Sussex Christian School’s (SCS) Inclusion Program. This last fall SCS partnered with the Christian Learning Center (CLC) Network. The CLC Network promotes the development of people with a variety of abilities and disabilities to live as active, integrated members of their communities. They partner with families and organizations, like SCS, to understand more fully the individuals we serve and to build support systems that enable their inclusion in all aspects of life.
To provide these services to SCS, donations and assistance are very important, which is where the proceeds of this special 5k will be extended to. Please consider to donate, sponsor and/or race and take part in this very special program to help children with higher needs.
For more information regarding the Sussex Christian School and its partnering with the CLC Network, visit http://www.clcnetwork.org/development/newsletter/inclusive-fall-2013-school-profile
- See more at: http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=26281#sthash.JqfJsh1F.dpuf
The 5K is on JUNE 28th. Race STARTS at 9am. The 5k is at Woodbourne Park in Wantage, NJ. Beautiful double loop course on a paved path. ALL Proceeds from this event will go towards the Inclusion Program at the school for children with special needs.
Centerville Methodist Church in Saugerties will be having it\’s Yard & Bake Sale Saturday, June 28th between 9 AM and 3PM. Bake Sale will be held in the church sanctuary rain or shine.
PRAYER IN THE PARK FOR THE CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE, MANISON ST PARK ON JUNE 28 9 AM TO 12 PM. BRINGING AWARNESS TO ALL THE VIOLENCE AND TRAGDIES OF OUR CITY…BEULAH BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER MINISTRY…THERE IS ALSO PRAYER TEAMS AVALIABLE ….MORE INFO NOTIFY REV. SHEILA BUTLER 845-473-1662
GriefShare is a special twice monthly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. We will meet the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in our Fellowship Hall. For more information call: 647-3120
Know your Numbers- Body Mass Index checks, Cholesterol checks, Life style Change Coach/Counselors, Diabetes Counselors, Blood Pressure Checks. Vegetarian Counseling, and Much More.
On June 28th 2014 @ 6:00pm New Vision Church Of Deliverance will be celebrating the 4th anniversary of Pastor, Rev. Edward O. Benson and First Lady, Min. Aisha T. Benson with a Gospel Concert with dinner served afterwards and on June 29th dinner served prior to a 2:00-4:00 a worship service. We are asking any choir, soloist, mime, or praise dance ministry to come and fellowship with us as we celebrate this great man and woman of God. Our theme scripture this year is: MICAH 6:8-He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Please call and RSVP 845-202-7199