St. James Church of God in Christ is host to Intimate Worship 2020: A Gospel Music Celebration, at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Burford Theatre, 118 S. Summit St, in Arkansas City.

The concert features top gospel performers, including Grammy-nominated artists Brian Courtney Wilson and Gene Moore, 2019 BET Sunday Best Finalist, Tiffany Andrews and Praise & Worship Band, Urban Doxology, as well as the Butler Brothers, a local gospel troupe. Collectively, these artists promise a dynamic worship and music experience.

Intimate Worship is family-friendly and will appeal to people of all ages and to people with varied musical interests.

Tickets are available at,, the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce or by calling Dwight Rolfe at (316) 409-5171.

For more information, contact Pastor C. Edward Watson II at (316) 210-8953, or by email at

Wilson, from Houston, is a Steller Award Winner with Fred Hammond’s United Tenors and a three-time Grammy Award Nominee (2016). Wilson made popular the songs, “Already Here,” “So Proud” and “Worth Fighting,” among many others.

Moore, a new artist on the Motown Gospel label, combines the soulfulness of Donny Hathaway and the precision of Stevie Wonder with unique range. With his smooth vocals, he has been nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award (Best Gospel Album) for his album “Tunnel Vision,” his follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album “The Future,” which earned a Stellar Award Nomination for New Artist of the Year.

Andrews, a recent finalist on BET’s Sunday’s Best gospel music singing contest, is a powerful gospel singer born in Newark, N.J. She has ministered with gospel greats including, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and the late Reverend Timothy Wright, as well as with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir. Currently, she tours with J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise as one of the lead singers.

Urban Doxology is a ministry that writes a soundtrack of reconciliation in the racially diverse and gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill in Richmond, Va. The band evolved out of the Urban Songwriting Internship Program that is a partnership with Arrabon and East End Fellowship. Most of the band members are an active part of East End Fellowship, a community endeavoring to be a faithful presence seeking God’s joy and justice for their neighborhood. Urban Doxology is a ministry of Arrabon.

The Butler Brothers, a local favorite, consists of brothers Stephen and Page Butler. Stephen and Page performed together throughout the Midwest for more than 20 years. The Butler brothers are committed to composing and performing music to the glory of God.

St. James Church of God in Christ is a 98-year-old congregation in northwest Arkansas City. It is pastored by C. Edward Watson II. The V.J. Wilkins Foundation’s mission is to be an asset the community by providing a quality cultural environment of arts, music, language and other endeavors, which many times are overshadowed by the importance placed upon athletic achievements.

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