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Pastor Shamond Scales is an anointed prophetic voice for this generation. He has been afforded the opportunity of ministering the Gospel around the country and the world for over 20 years.
He is a servant, worshipper, prophet, and the proud Lead Pastor iNspire Church of Jacksonville and Associate Pastor/Successor of Inspirational Bible Church of Cincinnati. Shamond Scales is the husband of Brittany Scales and the proud father of Londyn, Alexandria, Asaph, Shamond Jr, and Benjamin.
Along with his preaching ministry, he is a singer/songwriter who has been afforded the opportunity to be featured on many award winning projects.
Pastor Shamond Scales has a strong desire to be a generational bridge that connects people of all ages and backgrounds to the move of the Spirit of God.
Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, John Paul McGee, at the age of four without formal training, began playing familiar hymns and church songs by ear. Aware of his special gift, Dr. McGee's mother made the sacrifices necessary to ensure that John received formal musical training and development. Dr. McGee studied piano and pipe organ under the renowned late Dr. Nathan Carter and graduated in 2002 from Baltimore School for the Arts. He has been recognized for numerous awards and his musical career has taken him around the globe as a keyboardist, vocal arranger, producer, and songwriter working with popular gospel and secular artists from Patti Labelle to the Clark Sisters, the NFL players choir, VaShawn Mitchell, Kim Burrell and Earnest Pugh. His instrumental piano album released in 2018 with EPM records yielded him the #9 spot in the top 10 Billboard recording artists.
Dr. John Paul McGee is the current assistant chair of piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. JP earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance from Bethune Cookman University, a Master of Arts in Religion Degree from Liberty University a Master of Sacred Music Degree with a concentration in Pipe Organ Performance from Emory University, and most recently a Doctorate of Ministry degree with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling from The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga.
The groundbreaking research performed in his dissertation, A Sound for Distressed Souls: Gospejazzical as an NTU Approach for Coping with the Vocational Stressors of the Black Pastor, investigates the healing and curative powers of his new pianistic genre, Gospejazzical. Gospejazzical is a sound that unites three powerful genres (Gospel, Jazz and Classical) into a unique fusion that entertains, uplifts, and inspires all who hear. In 2022 he recorded and released the musical album “Gospejazzical” featuring the John Paul McGee trio, vocalists Wendi Henderson-Wyatt, Amber Bullock and Zebulon Ellis.
In addition to his musical giftings, Dr. JP (as he is affectionately called), is a sought-after preacher, workshop facilitator, panelist, clinician, and speaker on global worship, church leadership, transformational preaching, and music. In June 2021, Dr. JP McGee launched a virtual faith community called “True Destiny Christian Community” where he leads weekly prayer, praise, bible study, and worship experiences. He is the author of “Elevate”, a 21-day devotional journey released in 2019 with Books 2 Live By Publishing with an accompanying instrumental album entitled "Elevate".
who serves diligently along side her husband, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., as senior pastor of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA and co pastor of Changing A Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, two internationally renowned and thriving ministries
Pastor Morton serves as the General Overseer of the women’s division and the Daughters Of The Promise of the Full Gospel Baptist Church
Dr. Morton’s sphere of influence profoundly expanded far beyond local pastorate in 1987 when she founded the Greater Women of Excellence Ministry (WOE). As the founder of WOE, Dr. Morton nurtured thousands of women and hosted motivational conferences annually for over 15 years.
In 1993, Debra B. Morton was ordained as an elder and earned the ground breaking distinction as one of the first ordained female elders to preach in a Baptist pulpit. It was her gregarious personality that garnered her local and national popularity with her television and radio talk shows, “Morning Coffee” where discussions of everyday life were infused with spiritual application. It was then Dr. Morton proclaimed “Jesus is better than a cup of coffee; He is Lord”
A Stellar Award nominee and James Cleveland award winner, Dr. Morton has gone on to executive produce an album and many songs, author several books, launch a fragrance line, open a troubled teen girls home and assist her husband rebuild and expand a great ministry.
Of all of her many accomplishments, Dr. Morton takes greatest pride in these: her personal relationship with Jesus Christ, her role as a wife, mother of three children – Jasmine (Tyron), Paul Jr.(Kortni), and Christiann (Julian) – and grandmother of Elvin Jr., London Paul, Jakai, Paul III, Peyton, Julian Jr., “Princess” Reign, little Sage (the newest edition). Her eternal goal is to tear down the kingdom of darkness as she prophetically brings light to all who will hear her.
Bishop Linwood Dillard, Jr. is the proud Founding Pastor of the Citadel of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, one of the most thriving and fast growing ministries in the Memphis area. He is happily married to the lovely and most gracious Mrs. Stephanie Marie Dillard. They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters-Faith Marie and Joy Marie; and one handsome son-Linwood, III.
Since the age of 15, the anointing on Bishop Dillard’s life has affected many lives through his evangelistic, deliverance, and pastoral ministries. Countless souls have been saved, sick bodies have been healed, and lives have been changed. That ministry has transcended social, racial, economical, and denominational barriers. The relevant and timely message God has given him has been embraced by both the older and younger generations and he has been given the opportunity to be the guest speaker and lecturer at various colleges and social organizations. Pastor Dillard is also an anointed musician, author, administrator, businessman, director, and has been recognized for his leadership skills and organizational abilities in the religious and social communities. Since his teen years, Bishop Dillard has worked in almost every conceivable capacity in the church.
Bishop Dillard successfully served as Youth Department President and Chairman of the Jurisdictional AIM Convention for the Tennessee Central Jurisdiction COGIC. Bishop W.L. Porter. Currently, he serves the jurisdiction as Executive Assistant to the Bishop. Also, he faithfully served as a Regional Director and Executive Secretary of the Church of God in Christ International Youth Department (IYD) under two administrations. In 2006, the former Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, the late Bishop G.E. Patterson, appointed Pastor Dillard as the Assistant Secretary of the COGIC National Tithing Fund Commission. In 2009, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake appointed Bishop Linwood Dillard as the President of the International Youth Department of COGIC. Under the innovative leadership and extensive plan of Bishop Dillard, the department has taken a quantum leap into the 21st Century utilized technology, a contemporary organizational structure and a “team” strategy to meet the challenges of today’s youth. Bishop Dillard has proposed and implemented the development of a strategic plan for the department as well as developed commissions to meet the ever changing environment that our youth deal with daily. Those commissions and ministries include Young Adult Ministries, Education, Juvenile Crime Prevention and Reduction, Recreation and Organized Sports, Information Technology, Spiritual Empowerment, College and Career Preparatory, College Campus Ministries, Youth Pastors Network, Young Preachers Network, and many others.
Bisho Dillard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with Chemical and Environmental Concentrations from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has an extensive background in engineering, administration, and management. Pastor Dillard has served in local and regional chapter leadership elected roles in various social and community organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Society of Black Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and many more. Elder Dillard has received numerous awards, recognitions, and commendations for his academic, ministerial, and social involvement and accomplishments. In February 2006, he was selected by EBONY Magazine as one of 30 young leaders under the age of 30 who are soaring to tremendous heights, giving back to the community, and making accomplishments in the areas of law, politics, religion, communications, academia, music, arts and entertainment.
Without question, Dr. Judith Christie McAllister is one of the most influential music ministry leaders of
our time. Born in Harlem NY, the Grammy-nominated choir director, songwriter, producer, author, and
Oral Roberts University scholar, is most noted as being one of the forerunners of the Praise & Worship
Movement within the African American Church. With a career span of over 30 years, Dr. J’s fingerprints
can be found on the hearts and lives of Worship Leaders and worshippers everywhere.
Dr. J’s music alone has broken social and racial barriers in the church - as her signature songs like, “Oh
Give Thanks” and “To Our God” can be heard around the world in multi-racial, Sunday morning worship
services. A portion of Judith’s incredible catalog of music includes 4 albums on her own record label,
Judah Music: Send Judah First, Raise The Praise, In His Presence, and Sound The Trumpet As her music
ministry is known, respected and sought-after, Judith has been a collaborator on the recordings of Bishop
T.D. Jakes, Tye Tribbett, J.J. Hairston, and most notably, the West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir- just to
name a few.
As Director of Music, Worship Arts and Liturgy, Dr. McAllister faithfully serves West Angeles under the
leadership of Presiding Bishop Emeritus - Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr.. “No Limit,” the Mass Choir’s
2001 (?) recording, was initiated and co-produced by Dr. J; and it yielded her first Grammy nomination.
The Lord expanded the scope of her leadership in 2009; and McAllister was elevated to the office of
Departmental President and International Minister of Music for the 6.5 million-member Church of God in
Christ denomination. The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is the largest Pentecostal denomination in
the United States, with more than 12,000 congregations; and during the 12-year tenure of her
administration, Dr. J oversaw the music ministry for major conferences, instructed music leaders in
American and international jurisdictions and produced 4 music projects that featured the legendary
COGIC International Mass Choir - “The St. Louis Experience,” “The St. Louis Experience LIVE DVD,”
“This Is The Church of God in Christ (Single)” and “We Must Never Forget.” She also wrote a book
entitled, “Harmony,” a music ministry guide to aid music and worship leaders in personal and
In addition to her first ministry as a loving wife and mother of 3, her life’s mission is to unite and advance
the Kingdom of God through the vehicles of education and music.
As Senior Pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church, Dr. Craig L. Oliver’s passionate yet pedagogic approach to preaching touches the hearts, fortifies the spirits and transforms the minds of believers and non-believers across the world. With a faith rooted and grounded in the Word of God, he desires to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the R.E.A.L. Experience – Restoring Hope, Empowering People, Advancing the Kingdom, and Leaving a Legacy.
Dr. Oliver’s 24 years of ministry have been anointed by God and personifies Ephesians 3:20 - “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”. Since receiving and accepting his calling at the young age of 16 and becoming pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church at the age of 21, Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr. has seen the hand of God expand His church by over 16,000 members and five locations within the Metro Atlanta area. Under his leadership, the church has completed mission work within the local Atlanta community and abroad in over six countries with more on the horizon. His exegetical style of preaching connects with the hearts of those desperate for the unadulterated truth of God’s Word through weekly television broadcasts and through the Internet. Dr. Oliver carefully marries the tradition of sound preaching with the understanding that as Jesus met those in need where they were, so should we.
Though this dynamic man of God has received a myriad of accolades and has a multitude of degrees, including Master of Arts Degrees in Biblical/Theological Studies and Leadership from Luther Rice Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate Degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, he delivers practical points at six weekly services, knowing that the best sermon ever heard is the last one that is actually put into practice.
But at the heart of this great man of God is his love for his family. Pastor Oliver’s joy and balance is his wife, First Lady Chi’Ira and three beautiful children; son Craig Jr. and daughters Corrie Kené and Charlee Reign. As a dynamic ministry family, they are dedicated servants of God, and stand as a testament to what God can do in the lives of true believers!