GOSPEL HERITAGE FOUNDATION
GOSPEL HERITAGE FOUNDATION began in 1994. At a celebration for Gospel Today Magazine (also founded by Dr. Teresa Hairston), Hairston presented a plaque to (the late) Dr. Albertina Walker from members of various Gospel music labels. Dr. Walker was so overwhelmingly grateful for the presentation, it impressed Dr. Hairston to further explore the memorializing of Gospel heritage and legacy. Dr. Hairston found that Gospel heritage and legacy was being underrepresented, forgotten and minimized. That year, she founded the Gospel Heritage Foundation.
1995-2001 Gospel Heritage Foundation began to host Annual celebrations consisting of concerts and “The Annual Gospel Heritage Awards” saluting many of Gospel’s trailblazers and pioneers whose contributions served to preserve and perpetuate the Gospel legacy.
2002- 2009. After an event postponement in 2000 and 2001, Hairston was Divinely directed to expand from celebration to education. The vision for Gospel Heritage was refocused, and in 2002, the celebratory weekend increased to include a daytime component of classes and seminars with incredible teaching. Evenings featured dynamic preaching and worship that truly touched the heart of God. Gospel Heritage became known for intense worship and dynamic teaching featuring renowned psalmists and theologians.
2010-present. Dr. Hairston and the GHF Board of Governors have embraced their mandate and mission: “To Transform Nations and Generations through Worship.”
Each year in February, Gospel Heritage presents the International Worship Summit. This 2 ½ day event presents an excellent education curriculum in the area of worship which has earned this conference the acknowledgement of many as the #1 educational setting for worship.
The International Worship Summit offers divisional training for:
- Pastors and ministry leaders;
- Musicians and producers;
- Ministers of Music/Choir Directors
- Worship leaders and praise team/choir members;
- Liturgical dance/mime/drama teams;
- Ministers of music; and,
- General worshipers (leaders and participants).
Daytime sessions include — lectures, classes, seminars, showcases and workshops Evening sessions feature Worship services and special presentations (concerts, etc.).
The typical conference day begins each morning with a plenary from 8:30a until 10:30am
Then, delegates depart for teaching sessions: a) 11:15-12:30; b) 1:45-3:15; and c) 3:30-4:45.
The music and dance presentations at the conference are instructional (demonstrating the “how, what and why” of presenting excellence in worship); spiritually inspiring and uplifting, and exceptionally orchestrated.
People from across the world register and participate in the conference. Men, women, various ages, denominations, ethnicities, all gather. Registrants include lay members, Pastors, praise and worship leaders, media and dance ministries. Preaching is enthusiastic and charismatic.
Delegates depart impacted both emotionally and spiritually; and most of all, practically equipped to go back to their local assembly “armed” and prepared to present worship at a greater level of effectiveness.