Story and photos By Jacquelyn Darby
Predestined Ministries and St. John Institutional Baptist Church recently presented a Black History Concert featuring the legendary Jackson Southernaires. Senior Pastor C. R. McDuffy of St. John Institutional Baptist Church along with Anthony Samuels, founder of Predestined Ministries, hosted a spectacular evening of gospel music. Bringing the Jackson Southernaires to Phoenix has now become an annual event. The concert also included several uplifting musical performances by other local musical groups including The Gospel Mimanettes of the House Of Prayer for All Nations C.O.G.I.C, and the beautiful voices of sisters Vickie White, Sabrae White, and Tameka Irving. Sister Tameka Irving stated, “We are grateful to our pastors and Deacon Anthony Samuel for allowing God to use us to minister.” The Hollins Singers, named in memory of the late Mother Australia Hollins, comprised of Biscuit Williams, Janice Hollins, Faye Hollins, Esther Fisher and Annette Morrison also performed during the concert. The Jackson Southernaires were led by original leader Luther Jennings, who at 80 years old still possesses an incredibly powerful voice. They had the house rocking with their powerful performance. The group along with their live band delivered a powerful presentation of many gospel favorites from some of their albums including their most recent “Back Again.” The Jackson Southernaires’ commitment to gospel music has truly stood the test of time and are now are converting a next generation of followers. Brother Anthony and Cynthia Samuel, founders of Predestined Ministries, have for the past eight years dedicated themselves to keeping traditional gospel music alive in Arizona. This husband and wife team are responsible for bringing notable gospel groups to the Valley including the Mighty Clouds of Joy and many others.