Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Tamela Mann will headline the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the California Conference of the Western Episcopal District. The sesquicentennial anniversary marks 150 years of AME Zion’s spiritual leadership and ministry in the greater California region.
The 150th Session of the California Annual Conference, June 7-10, 2018, will take place at the Greater Cooper AME Zion Church, 1420 Myrtle Street, in Oakland, where more than 2,000 are expected to attend. The Session will close on Sunday, June 10 at 9 a.m. with an outside service at Marston Campbell Park.
One major highlight of the week is the Sesquencenntial Gala VIP Reception and Banquet on Saturday, June 9, at 4 p.m., at Beebe Memorial Cathedral (3900 Telegraph Rd) in Oakland. The Gala will be followed by the Sesquicentennial Concert featuring Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Tamela Mann. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com.
“We are thrilled to have Tamela Mann join us,” says Bishop Staccato Powell, Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District, AME Zion. “Her uplifting, soul stirring musical gifts have blessed and ministered to God’s people for decades and now she brings her talents directly to us in Oakland.”
Tamela Mann began her career as a singer with Kirk Franklin and the Family before launching a solo career in 2005. She is also known for her role as Cora in Tyler Perry’s plays, and numerous films including “Sparkle,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” The Grammy, Dove, Stellar and BET Award-winner has also starred in several popular television programs including the TBS sitcom, “Meet the Browns” and Bounce TV’s “Mann & Wife.”
Hosted by world-renowned visionary and spiritual leader Bishop Staccato Powell, the presiding Prelate of the AME Zion Western Episcopal District and the California Conference, this special event will be preceded by a Gala reception with the artist and formal banquet.
The Western Episcopal District, AME Zion has a mission to uplift the communities it serves through impactful outreach programs that address critical issues affecting the people of God, including mental health awareness, community and family development, jobs, social justice and male investment.