A new study by Pew Research Center explores the religious identities, beliefs and practices of Black Americans, and includes immigrants as well as U.S.-born adults. The report analyzes the religious affiliations of Black Americans, the kinds of congregations they attend, what they look for in those congregations and what...
True talent can’t be purchased or manufactured, because it comes from above. Music artists are in a unique position to influence others with mere words alone and Gary based Gospel rapper Michael “Butta The Preacher” Watson is using his talent as an extension of his ministry, to bring the...
Melvin D. Ward of Gary made his transition on Christmas Day, 2020. Born January 19, 1940, he was 80 years old. Ward was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, class of 1957. He and his wife Irma Jean had two children, Melvin Ward II and Stephanie Ward. Irma Jean preceded him...
Louis Charles Rogers, affectionately known as “Chuck,” was a life-long resident of Gary, Indiana who will be remembered for his outgoing personality and desire to help others in the community he loved. Rogers was born on July 9, 1933 in Cairo, Illinois to Louis Charles Rogers Sr. and Mattie Love...
The singer and preacher was known for the gospel song "Something About the Name Jesus." By Brooklyn White, ESSENCE Ohio’s Bishop Rance Allen, a minister and singer widely known for the gospel hit “Something About the Name Jesus,” has passed away. He was 71. News of his death was formally announced by...
Virglee Feazell, a longtime Chicago resident passed suddenly at her Southside home the morning of October 2. She was 90. Services for the neighborhood activist were held at Rayner Funeral Home on October 10. Feazell had lived in Chicago since the 1950s, moving here from Detroit to join her Aunt,...
Catholics in the Diocese of Gary join others across the world in receiving the Pope’s new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship, published Sunday, Oct. 4, in which the Pope reveals his vision for overcoming the world’s growing divisions. In the letter, the pope urges people of good...
Jani Lou Gant, who spent her life’s career as a public servant has died. Gant (nee Todd), born October 31, 1947 was adopted by Christine and Aamos Hoard in California in 1949. She married Willie Edwards Gant and is survived by one child (by birth) Kymberly (Gant) Lewis, and many...
Oct. 15-17: Thousands of Women Set to Discuss Faith, Social Issues and More During Three-Day Global Event As the U.S. continues to practice social distancing, there is no need to be socially isolated. With more than half of Americans reporting the coronavirus is harming their mental health (for women and Blacks, this...

Letter to the Community

Hello, I am Reverend Dwight E. Pointer, Pastor of Greater St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church right here in the City of Gary, Indiana. As a spiritual ambassador in this community, I seek to provide this community a message of inspiration, hope, and encouragement as we all collectively reshape our...