In 1985, a young, 22-year-old choir director by the name of Hezekiah Walker came together with 12 friends who loved God and Gospel music to launch the Brooklyn Fellowship Community Choir. He had a passion to minister to people in prisons and hospitalsâ€”singing to the Glory of God. He began with absolutely no budget and no formal plan. But small beginnings sometimes have big endings. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Rom, 8:30)
In 1994, Walker officially launched the Love Fellowship Tabernacle. He quickly learned that juggling the duties of local pastor and national artist were difficult, at best. â€œBishop Moales really helped me,â€ recalls Bishop Walker. â€œHe told me, â€˜As a pastor, there are some things you might have to miss, because now, you have sheep following you. You can\’t be a pastor and continue to leave your sheep.â€ Walker admits struggling with the concept initially, â€œBut,â€ he says, â€œthe Lord allowed me to go through some negativity in my [career], and it really helped to stabilize me as a pastor.
Bishop Walker called it a â€˜proving stage,\’ In actuality, he was thrust into the center of scandalous rumors, circulated across the World Wide Web, that threatened to ruin his reputation as a Christian, pastor and artist. However, in spite of the vicious lies he kept on pastoring, preaching, witnessing and singing; and God honored his steadfastness and prospered him.
â€œIt takes a few years to prove to God that you\’re in this for the long haul,â€ he explained. His vantage point expresses the trademark humility that is one of his most endearing qualities.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (Psalm 139:23)
On Sunday, June 12, 2011, Bishop Walker made the next transitionâ€”one of historic proportions. He is now the Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Churches of Jesus Christ.
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