‘Sunday Best’ winner at Compassionate

Gospel singer Joshua Rogers sings and worships at Compassionate Outreach Ministries. Left is Bishop Larry Dennison, pastor of the church. (Courtesy of Compassionate Outreach Ministries)

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.

Compassionate Outreach Ministries welcomed Joshua Rogers, the youngest and first male winner of BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel music competition, during the Youth Weekend worship service.

Rogers, 19, who won the competition last summer, was at Compassionate in late April.

He was introduced to the congregation by Bishop Larry J. Dennison, pastor of Compassionate, who said “Joshua Rogers is not a performer and we are not spectators. We are all participators as this young man comes to worship the Lord.”

When Rogers began to sing, the power and love of God was so clearly expressed in his voice that the crowd was moved to sing, dance, shout and praise the Lord.

In addition to singing “We Expect You” “In the Middle” and “Well Done,” from his newly released album, “Well Done,” Rogers also sang traditional praise and worship songs, including “Total Praise,” “Fly Away” and “Alpha and Omega.”

In between the songs, Rogers also testified about God’s goodness and favor in his life, about his struggle to live a righteousness life, and the victories in his life.

Compassionate members enjoyed his singing and worshipping, and one even told him she voted for him every week during the finals of the competition and “jumped for joy” when he won.

“Joshua Rogers sings with the assurance of God and sings as a well-seasoned gospel songster,” said member Vivian Alexander.

Member Keisha Jones said “Joshua Rogers possessed a spiritual presence and anointing that left me speechless. As I stood and watched Joshua minister at such a young age, I was in awe, not only for his vocal ability, but also his love for God. He is such an example to our youth.”

After the service, Rogers said he really enjoyed himself and shared his appreciation for the bishop and First Lady Margaret Dennison.

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