Abyssinian Baptist Holds Gospel Bowl

By DeeDee Scott

Dr. Kevin D. Barnes, Sr., Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church (ABC), started the year on Jan 2 by hosting the 14th Annual Gospel Bowl in Oakland.
This year’s event was held in memory of the late Pastor A.L.Cobbs, Sr., of Harmony Baptist Church.
Eight Bay Area Pastors preached the Gospel to a packed house of 550 parishioners. Pastor Charles Hopkins of Grace Baptist Church opened day the day, followed by Pastor Todd Wheelock of Antioch Church, Pastor Larry Brice of People’s Baptist Church, Pastor Leon McDaniels of Paradise Baptist Church, Pastor A.L.Cobbs, Jr. of Providence Baptist Church, Pastor Johnny Leggett of Bethany Baptist Church and Bishop Keith L. Clark of Word Assembly Church.  Pastor Elliott Ivey of Pleasant New Beginnings Baptist Church brought the day to an end.
“It was an amazing day from start to finish – several community members came together in the name of our Lord for praise and worship,” Pastor Barnes said,
Abyssinian Men’s Ministry parked cars in the parking lot on 33rd and 34th streets. Guests’ children played in ABC Kids Place that was supervised by the ABC Children’s Ministry, and a light lunch was served by ABC Culinary Ministry.
Pastor Barnes’ organization, Successfully Raising Young Black Men, Inc. was the primary sponsor of the event.
CDs of the Gospel Bowl are available for  $8, and DVDs for $10 can be purchased at Abyssinian Baptist Church, 528 33rd St. in Oakland. Or order by phone at (510) 653-0315.