Thursday, November 19, 2009
Paul Quinn College supporters raise $216,000 during revival
This year’s fundraising surpassed all previous efforts, including the $185,000 donated last year.
What began as a small revival led by five Bishop College preachers and one guest speaker ended its historic 17-year run with more than 13,000 people in attendance and an unparalleled $216,000 in donations.
(From left) Rev. Denny Davis; Dr. Karry D. Wesley; Dr. Ralph D. West; Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III; Rev. Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr.; Rev. Anthony E. Sharp; Willis Johnson
“The Bishop 5+One may very well be the defining philanthropic effort of the Black community in the history of Dallas,” said Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell. Funds raised during the six-day revival support Paul Quinn College, the oldest historically black college west of the Mississippi.
The revival/fundraiser featured six nationally known ministers who graduated from Bishop College. Paul Quinn College now operates on Bishop College’s former campus. The revival took place the week of November 8t at Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.
“We are clearly at the point where the revival’s success must be discussed in historical proportions,” Sorrell said. “Efforts like this revival help to explain why I continue to be encouraged and overwhelmed by the level of support for Paul Quinn College in the faith community.”
This year’s fundraising surpassed all previous efforts, including the $185,000 donated last year. Friendship West Baptist Church alone raised $70,000, including a $50,000 donation from Friendship West member and Dallas Cowboy DeMarcus Ware.
"I'm very appreciative for the togetherness and fellowship of the Bishop 5. It’s local men supporting a local school. Hopefully we can get more like them,” said Willis Johnson, founder of the Bishop 5 Revival and KKDA radio personality.
Featured speakers included Rev. Anthony E. Sharp of the Tabernacle of Praise Missionary Baptist Church of Dallas; Rev. Denny Davis of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie; Dr. Karry D. Wesley, founder and senior pastor of Antioch in Dallas; Pastor and Dr. Ralph D. West of Brookhollow Baptist Church (The Church Without Walls) in Houston; Rev. Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr., Senior Pastor of Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis; and Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Senior Pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas.
Source: Paul Quinn College