Controversial Spiritual Activist Bishop Carlton Pearson Will Be Featured Speaker and Gospel Recording Artist Vickie Winans Will Perform at a Free Father's Day Celebration at Rev. Ike's Palace Cathedral in NYC on June 20

Jun 07, 2010, 09:00 ET from Rev. Ike Ministries

Bishop Carlton Pearson, keynote speaker, leads an impressive line-up at this much-anticipated event, hosted by Rev. Ike's son, Bishop Xavier Eikerenkoetter, and featuring musical performer Vickie Winans, plus gospel recording artists J.J. Hairston &Youthful Praise Choir and Yolanda Wyns.

NEW YORK, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rev. Ike Ministries announces that Bishop Carlton Pearson, one of the most articulate, dynamic and outspoken spiritual leaders of our time, will be the featured speaker at a joyous Father's Day Celebration that is guaranteed to pack the historic 3,000-seat Palace Cathedral made famous by Rev. Ike.

Bishop Pearson gained media attention several years ago, when he boldly rejected the fundamentalist concept of a punitive God who sentences billions to an eternal Hell for not becoming Christian, and began to preach his "Gospel of Inclusion."

During that time, Pearson was embraced and supported in his search for spiritual truth by the late Rev. Ike.

Carlton Pearson will join a celebrity line-up as keynote speaker at a special Father's Day Celebration at 2:45 PM, Sunday, June 20, 2010 at Rev. Ike's Christ Community United Church (Palace Cathedral), 4140 Broadway (at 175th Street) in New York City.

Bishop Pearson's frank and enlightened take on a number of different subjects has earned him appearances on television programs such as CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley, The Edge with Paula Zahn, NBC Dateline, ABC's Nightline, 20/20, National Public Radio and other media.

Bishop Pearson was recognized as one of "America's 10 Most Influential Black Ministers" by Gospel Today and the reasons for that will be apparent to everyone who hears his dynamic sermon this Father's Day.

Featured musical performer at this event will be celebrated recording artist Vickie Winans, a member of one of the most famous families in gospel music.

For nearly three decades, Winans has remained one of gospel music's Top 10 artists with appearances on Broadway and on television programs such as NBC Today, Oprah, the Grammy Awards Show and BET.

Songs by this Stellar Award winner and seven-time Grammy nominee include #1 hits "As Long As I Got King Jesus," "Shake Yourself Loose" and "The Rainbow."

The Father's Day Celebration, hosted by Bishop Xavier Eikerenkoetter, will honor Rev. Ike, who passed away last year and who has been a 'spiritual father' to so many.

Bishop Xavier, Rev. Ike's son and now leader of Rev. Ike Ministries invites everyone to bring their fathers, friends and family to this free afternoon event, which will also feature speakers Bishop E. Bernard Jordan and Pastor Sal Sabino, as well as performances by gospel recording artists J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise Choir and Yolanda Wyns.                

For additional information or directions, call Christ Community United Church at (212) 568-6700 or visit online at

SOURCE Rev. Ike Ministries