Abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana – June 2011. Urban Exploration / UrbEx.

More pics on my Flickr: www.flickr.com This church was featured in an episode of the TV show Life After People. The city of Gary, Indiana was founded as a booming steel city as the twentieth century passed, and areas downtown saw the construction of several impressive buildings during these prosperous early years. In 1925, a cornerstone ceremony took place at 577 Washington St. to commemorate the construction of a Gothic Revival church called City Methodist. It was completed 21 months later, at the cost of one million dollars – 5000 of which was contributed by the United States Steel Corp. (which also founded the city). Elbert Gary, the chairman of US Steel and origin of the city’s name, donated a Skinner organ as well. The Bedford limestone structure consisted of a 50-foot tall sanctuary nave and elaborate stonework, and was able to seat 950 worshipers; City Methodist had a congregation of nearly 3000 members in its heyday. The building was also home to Seaman Hall – a 1000 seat auditorium, and a gymnasium with a full size basketball court. Storefronts were built into the building, with hopes that the income would offset the enormous maintenance costs. During the 1920s, Pastor William Seaman rallied against the power of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, and welcomed black worshipers into City Methodist during a time when African Americans were not permitted in “white churches.” Gary entered a downward spiral during the 1960s, like many other industrial cities during the
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Covenant: Scenes from an African American Church (Polis Center Series on Religion and Urban Culture)

Covenant: Scenes from an African American Church (Polis Center Series on Religion and Urban Culture)

With an introductory essay by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, Covenant is, in the words of photographer Tyagan Miller, “a record of things seen and heard in uncommon circumstances, the view of life that underlies it, reflect[ing] the mutual aspiration of human beings everywhere.”

Culled from more than 4,000 images taken by Miller over a four-year period, the 93 photographs record the salient aspects of the life of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Indianapolis’s near west side — services, baptisms, weddings, funerals, social events, and portraits of the congregants. In accompanying interviews, congregants share their stories of miracles, seeing angels, losing a child, racism and brotherly love, and being young, black, and poor.

List Price: $ 29.95

Price: $ 9.99

Community Leaders Eager to Address Urban Radio Concerns in Chicago Advisory Committee Announced Today

(PRWEB) June 4, 2004

Today in Chicago, community leaders announced the formation of the Community Advisory Committee about Urban Radio. The committee will deal with issues concerning the relationship between the management of urban radio stations and the local community. The committee is looking to meet with the management of WGCI-AM (now renamed WGRB)/FM as soon as possible.

“First we would like to meet with the management of the number one rated radio station in Chicago WGCI, we have concerns that the station’s management has become disconnected from the community, particularly since it unceremoniously let Marv Dyson go. Marv was the leading African-American radio station manager in the nation. We feel that WGCI’s ownership needs to listen more closely to the community,” said Reverend Michael Pfleger, Pastor, Faith Community of Saint Sabina.

“The committee is looking to create a dialogue between radio station owners and our community. Over the past few years ownership of some urban radio stations has changed and we feel this new management has lost touch with the community it serves,” said Rev. James Demus, Executive Director NAACP, Chicago Southside Branch.

“We want station ownership to be responsive to the needs of the community. We are taking this step to ensure that the ownership hears the voices of our community. We want station ownership to be responsive to the needs of the on-air personalities, producers and other staff who work for the various stations. These are the people who come from our community, and we do not want the members of our communities treated like slaves. Clear Channel can not continue to benefit from the fruits of the laborers, and not reward the laborers for their hard work.” said Reverend Reginald Williams, Associate Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ.

Other committee members include Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Rev. Leon Finney, president and CEO, Woodlawn Organization, Dr. Conrad Worrill, National Chairman of the National Black United Front

Currently Urban Radio stations in Chicago include V-103 (WVAZ), WGCI AM/FM (Now WGCI-AM is conveniently renamed WGRB) which are owned by Texas-based Clear Channel; and Power 92 WPWX, Soul 106 WSRB owned by Colorado-based Crawford Broadcasting. Only WVON-AM remains a locally – owned and operated Urban Radio station.

The committee will address though a productive dialogue a variety of issues including: community support and involvement; programing; relationship between on air talent and community; treatment of all employees, public service programing; and local music and performers.


For more information, contact:

Kevin Lampe


A press conference has been called to announce the formation of the Urban Gospel Music Association and the Gospel Music Academic Certificate Program at San Francisco State

(PRWEB) June 5, 2003

A press conference to announce the formation of the Urban Gospel Music Association (UGMA) has been scheduled June 13th, 2003, during the Bridging the Gap-Gospel Hip Hop Conference in Oakland Ca. This press conference will also introduce Evelyn Mack as the program coordinator for San Francisco State University’s new Gospel Music Academic Certificate Program.

Media credentials are free for all WORKING media, and includes free access to all events of the Bridging the Gap Conference.


Because of the negative image of mainstream Hip Hop as well as Gospel Hip Hop, BTG was designed to open a dialog between those in the traditionl gospel music industry and gospel hip hop communities.

Classes will also be held on marketing & promotion, and improving the overall business side of new Christian artists.

Over 40 artists are scheduled to perform during the conference held June 12-14 in Oakland Ca. at the Shiloh Christian Fellowship church, 3295 School St.

For registration go to www.gzunderground.com or call 510-472-0177


The Urban Gospel Music Association was organized to address the needs of all urban gospel music artists in the Christian marketplace. The UGMA umbrella will include gospel hip hop, Christian jazz, reggae, contemporary gospel, comedy, and spoken word.

Composed of 5 national chapters to start, UGMA’s first official meeting will be held in Oakland Ca, sometime in July 2004 followed by the UGMA People’s Choice Awards.

For more info on UGMA contact Curtis Jermany at 510-472-0177 or crj_lawn@msn.com


Fog Wear, (Followers Of God Wear) has agreed to provide complimentary sports tops, ( value) to all pre registered for the Bridging The Gap Gospel Hip Hop conference. FOG the group is also scheduled to perform at the new artist showcase Thurs June 12th.


People all over the world are supporting Fogwear. National gospel artist Tonex, Righteous Riders and even Geraud Henry from B.E.T supports Fogwear. Truly the owners Michael Ballard and Deandre Taylor are making a national impact in the gospel arena with their clothes line and their newly released CD, itâ??s only imaginable what these young men will achieve in the Lord. Currently the compilation CD consists of five different artist bringing you five different flavors. Everything from Hip-Hop, R&B,Jazz, and Contemporary, this CD is sure to meet the needs of every individual. Both the CD and Clothing line can now be purchased in select store locations but soon to be available nationally.

Who are the owners of F.O.G?

In 1993 the Lord moved Assistant Pastor Michael Ballard and Minister DeAndre Taylor to develop the F.O.G. (Followers of God) Ministries concept. It was based on encouraging the lives of men and women in a time when so many people are discouraged; a ministry that reaches Christians through music, clothes, books and movies.

Fogwear (Followers Of God)

For more information or Interviews contact:

Email: fogministries2002@hotmail.com

Phone: 480-233-3235

Michael Ballard



Urban Gospel Artist Kevin Gray Now Accepting Dates for the ‘So Fresh’ Promo Tour

Oceanside, Calif. (PRWEB) October 23, 2005

After a two and a half year hiatus, Kevin Gray returns with a highly anticipated full-length album ‘So Fresh’ slated to release December 27, 2005 on his new Vintage Records imprint.

As an effort to promote the new album, and share his ministry of encouragement – a promotional tour (free-will offering) will take place throughout Chicago and surrounding cities between January 2006 and March 2006. Beginning February 15, 2006, the promotional stops will include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York; commencing March 2006.

Before each promotional stop, fans will have an opportunity to enter into the ‘So Fresh’ promo contest where the winner will be awarded a brand new pair of “Fresh” Nike Air Force Ones (see website for details).

The first stop on this promo tour will be January 8, 2006 at Word of Life Bible Fellowship Church in Richton Park, Illinois. Those interested in booking Kevin Gray may contact JaEdD Music Group at (760) 967-1237.

JaEdD Music Group

2345 Rancho Del Oro Road Ste 70

Oceanside, CA 92056

Web: www.jmusicgroup.com

Tel: (760) 967-1237

Fax: (760) 967-6774

For more information on Kevin Gray, please visit www.kgraymininstries.com