So many times when young people leave home and are successful, many of them forget to say “Thank you” to the people who have helped them rise through the ranks. This is not the case with Minister Edward Rhodes. A native of Miami, Rhodes now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is the Minister of Music at Zion Hill Baptist Church and is also a gospel music artist and producer.
Rhodes, whose single “Down in My Soul” from the Ingram Singers’ 1993 Stellar Award nominated album “Make My Heart Your Home” topped the gospel music charts, returns to his hometown later this month here to do a live recording with some of his longtime singer friends.
“I’m also coming home to pay homage to my mentors, Reverend Douglas Cook, Bishop Walter H. Richardson, late Nellie Edwards Coke and members of the Church of God Tabernacle (True Holiness) in Liberty City. I honor the church because it was where, as a young teenager, I sought the Lord for a deeper understanding of the word of God and what it really means to be a Christian, ”he said. -he declares.
Initially, Rhodes said he was first drawn to the “… powerhouse of a church by the impressive gift of the ministry of music shown by Dr Walter T. Richardson and the Tabernacle Gospel Choir.
But after attending several services to enjoy music, he said he was drawn to the “exceptional anointing and teaching of the word of God” from Bishop Walter H. Richardson (the father of Dr Richardson). Reverend Dr Richardson will join him as a session musician during a live recording on October 2.
Rhodes, a graduate of Miami Central High School and Georgia State University, also earned an MBA from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. He also studied at Morehouse College and recently received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Antioch Seminary in Cartersville, Georgia. He traveled with the late Whitney Houston and worked for the Savoy label in New York.
“But I can’t forget my roots,” he said recently in a telephone interview.
“One of the greatest inspirations I have received as a young minister was to be inspired by a veteran saint, the late missionary Nellie Edwards Coke. I adopted Sister Nellie, as we affectionately called her, as my godmother, and she graciously agreed to take me home from church every church night. On the way back from church, our ritual was to stop at Church’s Chicken for a one-piece snack and strawberry soda.
“While we were enjoying our snack, Sister Nellie shared the word of God with me and taught me the way of a Christian, just as the apostle Paul taught Timothy in the New Testament of the Bible. She instilled in me what it really meant to live a life of holiness while I was still in high school. Tears come to my eyes when I remember she illuminated the church with her interpretation of the old hymn, “Jesus, keep me near the cross,” said Rhodes.
Son of Juanita Manuel Mond, Rhodes is his second child and only son. Her two siblings are Dr. Yulinda Rhodes Tatum, dentist in Beaufort, South Carolina, and Rhonda Price, medical transcriptionist for the Center of Disease Control in Atlanta. He said his mother was happy that he found a mentor in Sister Nellie when he was young, “… because she knew Sister was an effective witness for Christ.”
So here he is, back in his hometown to honor his mentors who have helped him along his Christian journey, and to make a live gospel music recording with a group of his high school friends and singing buddies. .
The first rehearsal will be at 5:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Jordan Grove Baptist Missionary Church, 5946 NW 12th Ave. in Liberty City. The rehearsal is free and open to the public. The live recording will take place at 6 p.m. on October 2, also in Jordan Grove.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 scholarships presented by the Greater Miami Section of The Links Inc. The prizes, totaling $ 15,000, were presented to five students during a drive-through celebration that took place. held on June 26 and at a virtual exchange. program on June 27.
The winners, who each received $ 3,000 and a commemorative gift box including a medallion and certificate of merit and poet Amanda Gorman’s book, “The Hill We Climb,” personalized candy and dorm room essentials are : Jordan bryant, a graduate of Hialeah Gardens Senior High and a Silver Knight winner in athletics, will attend the University of Florida; Kami bumper, a graduate of Coral Reef High, will attend Ohio State University; Jordan Ford, a graduate of G. Holmes Braddock High, will attend the University of Richmond; Jalynn McDuffey, a graduate of Coral Reef High and a recipient of a Silver Knight in the Arts, will attend Florida A&M University, and George Pickens IV, valedictorian at Miami Northwestern High School, will attend Tennessee State University on a full scholarship.
Section President Gail Ash Dotson, Esq., Said, “The Greater Miami Section is committed to its rich heritage of giving back to the South Florida community and recognizing the outstanding achievements of our students.
Renee Shaw Jones, who served as Chair of Fellowships, said: “… While recognizing fellows is a rewarding experience, the selection process becomes more and more difficult each year as all applicants are exceptional. “