HOUSTON – The city is gearing up to host the country’s number one gospel conference as the International Worship Summit honors the best in the business. The three-day Super Bowl of Worship, hosted by The Gospel Heritage Foundation, will be held at Bishop James W.E. Dixon’s Community of Faith Church.
Houston’s own Yolanda Adams and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will both be honored at the event.
“We are excited about the partnering with Dr. Teresa Hairston and the Gospel Heritage Foundation,” Dixon said.
The IWS is America’s number one worship conference, and will feature major gospel speakers and musical guests, including Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Dr. Bobby Jones, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Mike McCay and more.
“IWS participants will witness a culturally enriching community event and gain a deeper understanding of the phenomenal contributions made by African Americans,” said Dr. Teresa Hairston, Gospel Heritage Foundation founder.
One of the highlights will be the presentation of the Gospel Heritage Awards.
Jones, of BET fame, and McKay, a Houston-based composer will be honored on Thursday.
Adams, a Grammy Award-winning singer and Houston legend, and Congresswoman Lee will be honored on Friday evening.
Over its 22-year history, the Gospel Heritage Foundation has become an important educational organization, fostering the preservation and legacy of the conference.
The prominence of the gospel genre in today’s musical landscape is inescapable. Gospel has been the foundation for America’s top performers from Elvis Presley, the King of Roc-n-Roll, to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.
The IWS conference kicks off Thursday, Feb. 18 and ends Saturday, Feb. 20.
The day sessions are free and open to the public.