Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis

Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis is the Senior Pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, located in urban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Reverend Curtis accepted a call to ministry at the age of 17. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Morgan State University, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Dr. Curtis' commitment to excellence through education is directly attributable to his capabilities, not only as an anointed preacher of the gospel, but also an effective teacher in practical instruction.

In 1997, Reverend Curtis was called to Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since Dr. Curtis' arrival at Mt. Ararat, the church has grown from 400 to over 7500 with four worship services each weekend....read more

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CHURCH OF THE WEEK

April 10, 2016
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Mount Ararat Baptist Church was organized in 1906 at a meeting held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Marshall of 156 Everett Street (now Hamilton Avenue) in East Liberty. As a result of this meeting, a one-story building at Penn Avenue and Beatty Street was secured. The first service was conducted the second Sunday in October, 1906 by Interim Pastor, Dr. C. W. McCall. Eight people were in attendance and the collection was $7.00. The church was named by Margaret McDonald Moore. The church was formally organized by a council of the Pittsburgh Baptist Association, with Reverend Stanton of the Shady Avenue Baptist Church as moderator, with eighty people in the organization. Reverend McCall was impelled to resume his traveling Bible Institute work and resigned as Interim Pastor........read more

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Rev. Marie Kelly celebrates first anniversary at Calvary Baptist
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Calvary elects first female senior pastor
By Ashley G. Woodson for the New Pittsburgh Courier

Reverend Marie Kelly has been elected by Calvary Baptist Church, in the Hill District, as the first female Baptist senior pastor in the Hill District.

Reverend Kelly, senior pastor elect, has been a part of Calvary for more than 30 years. She was a part of the Prison Ministry for 20 years, the Women’s Ministry for three years, as well as being a Deaconess, choir member and Sunday School Adult teacher. She comes from a family that owned Perry’s Barbeque Place located at Webster Avenue and Somers Street. It was sold to her father and they had lines from Somers Street around to Bedford Avenue. It opened in the 1960s and closed in the early 1980s.

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SAVOY RESTAURANT PRESENTED CECE WINANS AND J. MOSS AT THE BENEDUM CENTER IN DOWNTOWN, PITTSBURGH. I HAVE TO SHOUTOUT CHUCK SANDERS AND JOHN BETTIS OF SAVOY RESTAURANT AND JOHN WALKER OF GROOVE PRODUCTIONS FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A GREAT EVENT.

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Gospel singer Fred Hammond really knows how to put on a concert. We also had church at the same time which was a blessing. I have to shoutout my cousin Chuck Sanders of Savoy Restaurant for bringing Fred Hammond to the 'Burgh. For those of you who attended, you know we had a great time in the Lord. If you missed it, check out the exclusive photos and video below.

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CHRISTIAN HIP-HOP ARTIST DEVOTES LIFE MUSIC TO GOD
Written by Ashley G. Woodson For the New Pittsburgh Courier

Melvin Jones aka Mele Mel, the Poet Prophet, won a national contest that featured the hottest gospel artists from across the country. The contest is called Holy Culture Radio and is the foundation of Christian hip-hop music. It is the equivalent of Source Magazine for secular music. Jones heard about the contest called the “Break Out.” They were searching for the next Christian hip-hop star with potential to break out and do big things. A lot of the details about the contest are promotional, but they also give you a distribution deal. The person who entered a particular song will get to distribute that song through a promotional company.

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BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS FEATURED ARTIST
ERIC BLACKWELL AND FAITHFUL

APRIL 2008

Eric Blackwell is saved by his belief in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord & savior and has spent over five years as the Minister of Music at Second Baptist Church of Penn Hills under Pastor Mac Gray. He spent several years developing his directing skills as Youth Choir director at Deliverance Baptist Church and also as backup organist and drummer. The scriptures have developed a passion in him to try and meet the spiritual needs of the communities that surround him. Eric has spearheaded this effort to impact the area by organizing a benefit concert for Sickle Cell in May 2005, participating in several outreach services, Founding Faithful Ministries, and encouraging people to Christ through his gift of music ministry. He has been playing drums for over twenty years and has been playing keyboards in Music Ministry for over ten years. He is currently working on his first gospel recording project with his group Eric Blackwell & Faithful.

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THE GOSPEL REMIX
REACHING THE HIP HOP GENERATION
by Ralph C. Watkins

Sagging pants, blaring car stereos and nonchalant attitudes are just a few stereotypes of the hip hop generation. In reality, it's a world filled with eclectic language, colorful characters and misguided energy. With such harsh criticism coming from the African American church, many hip-hoppers have sought out separate vehicles of spirituality. The gap is growing farther apart every moment, and question now becomes, what are Christians prepared to do to win these souls?

The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop Generation (Judson Press) is an in-depth look into the mind of a hip-hopper. This book is the answer to all ministries that seek to understand and help young people in this chaotic era. The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop Generation (0-8170-1507-8) is available for $14.00, www.judsonpress.com.

To schedule an interview with any of the co-authors, contact Pam Perry 248-426-2300.

Meet the Authors: Ralph C. Watkins, DMin, PhD, Jason A. Barr Jr., Jamal-Harrison Byrant, PhD, William H. Curtis, DMin, and Otis Moss III

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BASKING IN HIS PRESENCE
by Author Victoria Lynndale Pratt

Combines the power of God's wisdom and inspirational truths to encourage us to reach for God's highest good, and challenges us to go to the deep depths within to find the place of true everlasting faith, and love, basking in His Presence. Available online at Dpg.imagine.com Llumina.com, Amazon.com, BN.com, (Barnes & Noble Online) and other Online Booksellers

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Victoria Lynndale Pratt is the mother of four daughters and one son; Theresa, Michelle, Nakiah, Jhenea, and Raymond. She lives with her three youngest daughters in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. Victoria is a born-again Christian, who loves God immeasurably. She lives to do His will, to be love in the earth....read more here in our "Books and Poetry Section". Have a Book or Poetry you would like to submit to BAP? Please send info to readings@BrothaAshProductions.co

CALLED TO RELATIONSHIP
Music review by Ashley G. Woodson

Pastor William H. Curtis does it again with this powerful and uplifting CD. This is the perfect gospel CD for your music collection. The first single "Just Praise" featuring gospel artist Anita Levels is a song of praise that inspires you to always put Jesus first by lifting his name on high. Reverend Curtis takes you to church as he brings you in and out of songs throughout the whole CD. There is definitely alot of teaching from Rev. Curtis' interludes as you get to enjoy the best that gospel has to offer. My favorites are the slower gospel songs "You Can Count On It", with lead vocals by Anthony "Pops" Mitchell and "Forever" with lead vocals from Trini Massie. The surprise song for me was the reggae mid-tempo song with Curtis Lewis Jr. This song is fantastic and different from what you are used to hearing from a gospel artist. Producer Dwayne Fulton did his thing throughout the CD. He is and has always been one of the best producers in the city of Pittsburgh. By the time you are finished listening to the CD, you will definitely have a better understanding of praise and worship for the Lord.

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The "FREE @ LAST " Addiction & Recovery Ministry was birthed in the Summer of 2002 at Macedonia Church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh through a vision Pastor Velva Jean Tucker & Carol Bibbens shared with Pastor Jason A. Barr, Jr. The desire to share experience, strength and hope to a dying world of active drug and alcohol addiction that God is truly able to deliver you back to wholeness through the saving grace of Jesus Christ, was received, accepted and embraced by Pastor Barr.....read more

For more information call Carol Bibbens at (412) 537-4215

Jireh Fashions is a Holy Hop-Hop clothing line located in Pittsburgh, PA. We carry a variety of Christian clothing from T-Shirts to hard to find denim jeans & shorts. Jireh Fashions was conceived in 1996 by Curtis and Cassandra Brown. God placed Christian clothing on our hearts to not only provide a way to minister but to provide God's people with a line of clothing that is not only fashionable and inexpensive but with a powerful message. Why walk around wearing clothing made from someone who lives for this world, who's lifestyle is not one that represents Christ? Everytime we wear clothing from these type of designers we are in essence saying we believe in them and what they do. We are in agreement with the lifestyle they live.

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ALL NATIONS DANCE PRESENTS
FRIDAY NIGHT FREEDOM

ALL NATIONS DANCE, a ministry of Judah Ministries will be kicking off a women’s Friday
Night Freedom Dance Workshop!
The Workshop will be conducted every 1st and 3rd Friday Evening from 7:00 - 9:00pm in various Churches in the surrounding Pittsburgh area. THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

Maximillion Elliott-Quinerly of All Nations Dance will be facilitating the Workshops. If your church or organization is interested in hosting a Dance Workshop, contact us today!

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