“Many are called but few are chosen” Matthew 22:14. Being a Pastor is not an easy title to hold and being the wife of a Pastor has it’s own set of challenges and sacrifices that one cannot even begin to imagine. Radio One- DC, 104.1 FM and Spirit 1340 AM thought it was time to honor these valiant women who are the backbone of their respective congregations, and the support and helpmate to their spouses. The ballroom of the Camelot by Martin’s was abuzz on Saturday November 11, 2016 as people from all over the DC, Maryland and Virginia area gathered to celebrate these ladies. Twenty First Ladies from area congregations were nominated by members of their church, and selected by vote to be honored with the First Lady Tea Award. What an honor it was to celebrate the First Lady of my church, Minister Doretha Long that afternoon.
The hosts for the afternoon were radio personalities Winston Chaney and Michel Wright. The afternoon was sprinkled with praise and musical performances from notable gospel artists. Baltimore native Damon Little began the mini concert with two selections to include his billboard topper I Won’t Be Defeated. Grammy nominated singer Anita Wilson took the stage next and serenaded the crowd with her songs You Love Me, the remixed gospel version of Best of My Love; along with huge fan favorite Jesus Will. Closing out the afternoon of fun and fanfare was Stellar Award Winner Richard Smallwood who took the attendees to new heights with classic hits like, Same God and Trust Me.
This was truly an afternoon that will be remembered for years to come. A small token of appreciation to show these wonderful woman that are valued and loved.
A list of the Honorees is below:
FIRST LADY DAVISHIA BALDWIN,ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH DEANWOOD
FIRST LADY MICHELLE GREEN, ARMOR OF LIGHT CHRISTIAN WORSHIP CENTER
FIRST LADY LESLIE TYSON, BETHEL OUTREACH WORSHIP MINISTRIES
FIRST LADY TAMIKA PARRAN, E CHURCH/EVERYBODY’S CHURCH
FIRST LADY DONNA BROCK, GREATER CHRIST TEMPLE APOSTOLIC MINISTRIES
FIRST LADY CYNTHIA WILLIAMS, SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
FIRST LADY SANDRA ST. JAMES, SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD WORSHIP CENTER
FIRST LADY FELICIA CHAMPION, TRUE DELIVERANCE MINISTRIES
FIRST LADY LADONNA VANCE, UPON THIS ROCK CHRISTIAN CENTER
FIRST LADY SUSAN PORTER, HEART OF CHRIST FELLOWSHIP
FIRST LADY CYNTHIA BROWN, LIFE IN VICTORY OUTREACH MINISTRIES
FIRST LADY LISA LOGAN, MIRACLE FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
FIRST LADY VANESSA HILLIARD, NEW ABUNDANT LIFE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
FIRST LADY DONNA HILL, NEW CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH
FIRST LADY OLLIE REEVES, NEW LIFE CHURCH
FIRST LADY PAULETTE GAINES, PEACE LUTHERN CHURCH DC
FIRST LADY TYNIKA HORNE, RENEWED MIND WORSHIP CENTER
FIRST LADY EVELYN MITCHELL, ROCK CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
FIRST LADY DORETHA LONG, THE SCRIPTURE CATHEDRAL
FIRST LADY CASSANDRA CHARITY, MASTER’S TOUCH PRAISE MINISTRIES