DR. WALTER JONES
DR. WALTER JONES
2018 LOCAL LEGEND AWARD RECIPIENT
Walter L. Jones, Director, Promoter, Producer, Fitness Consultant, Writer, and Mentor is a native of Greensboro, NC. He is a graduate of Dudley High School and attended North Carolina A & T State University. Directing choirs since the age of 14, Walter developed a profound love of music and by the age of 16, at the James Cleveland Gospel Music Workshop of America, he taught his own original song entitled “He’s All I Need” to over 3,000 voices in the mass choir. Walter honed and established his gifts working with the Frank Williams Young Adult Choir, where he arranged the choirs first recording single of “I’m Pressing On” and “Somebody Bigger Than You and I”. Under Walters leadership, the choir also won their first “Most Promising Choir in America” award, with the song “On Christ the Solid Rock”. The Frank Williams Young Adult Choir later won the “Best Young Adult Choir” award in America with the song “God Will Deliver Me” written by Walter and “City Called Heaven” arranged by Walter.
Over his stellar career, Walter has written and put to music over 50 original songs and 75 arrangements. A few of these titles are: “He’s All I Need”, “Trust in the Lord”, “I’m Pressing On”, “Loving Jesus Makes a Difference in Your Life”, “I Don’t want to do Wrong”, “What Am I without Jesus”, and “Joy Will Come in the Morning”.
Walter started a “City Wide Interdenominational Choir” and in 1978 as a music producer, founded Waljo productions, where he brought renowned artists to the local community such as: Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, Ricky Dillard & New Generation, John P Kee & New Life, Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers, Fred Hammond & Commissioned, BB & CC Winans, Richard Smallwood, Milton Brunson & The Thompson Community Singers, Yolanda Adams, The Hawkins Family, Walter Hawkins and The Love Center Choir, James Cleveland, and many more. He also produced two musical plays entitled “Rejoice” and “I Feel Like Shouting”.
His most prized accomplishment is the Waljo Gospel Music Awards Black and White Ball, that he started in 1984. This award was named after him and acknowledged many artists for their contributions in gospel music from 5 states: NC, SC, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
He currently serves under the esteemed leadership of Superintendent Otis Lockett Jr,. at Evangel Fellowship, COGIC, where he joined in 1984. Here he continues to lead, serve, mentor, and develop disciples for our Lord, Jesus Christ!
BISHOP ERIC ELLIS
BISHOP ERIC ELLIS
2018 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
Bishop Eric L. Ellis is the Founder and Pastor of New Restoration Outreach Christian Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. His God-given mission is to empower and enrich the lives of others by going into the world and teaching the Word of God, line-by-line, and precept-by-precept.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida reared by his great-grandparents, Bishop Ellis accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. However, he came to know the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the true life-changing power of the Word of God when he joined Philippian Community Church (PCC) of Jacksonville, Florida in 1983, under the leadership of the late Bishop Lawrence C. Callahan. Under Bishop Callahan’s watchful eye, he grew in Christ as he feasted on the Word he received while faithfully attending multiple weekly services. Always eager to share what he’s learned, he became active in Children’s Ministry, taught Adult Sunday School, participated in the Sick and Shut-In Ministry, and served on the Usher Board. But, the ministry that was closest to Bishop Ellis’ heart while serving at PCC of Jacksonville was the Prison Ministry where he served for 13 years, teaching redemption and victory through Jesus to countless inmates.
In 1999 the LORD told Minister Ellis that the time had come for him to leave the comfort of his Jacksonville, Florida existence because there was much work to be done in Raleigh, North Carolina. At first reluctant to hearken unto the voice of the LORD because he knew nothing about Raleigh; he sought godly counsel from Bishop Callahan, who provided confirmation and gave his blessing. Making the difficult decision to leave his family behind to follow Jesus, he took the leap of faith and drove to Raleigh alone. Upon arrival, Philippian Community Church of NC was birthed, and held its first worship service at Chavis Heights Community Center where Pastor Ellis preached to several empty chairs, for there were no attendees. Choosing to stand on the Word God had given him, he pressed on and continued to preach week after week until eventually the chairs began to be filled, and as souls were saved word spread about the ministry. His family soon joined him in Raleigh, where the LORD has rewarded him greatly for his obedience and faithfulness. In 2015, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Ellis changed the church name from Philippian Community Church of NC to its present name New Restoration Outreach Christian Center.
A former manager in the financial services industry, Dr. Ellis attended Florida Community College, Southern Illinois University, and Philippian Institute of Biblical Studies. He received a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies and a Doctorate of Theology from North Carolina College of Theology. A much sought-after speaker and author of several books. He is respected for his no holds barred approach to delivering the Word of God. He teaches that holiness is not an option, but a requirement, and his messages transcend culture, race, and denomination. His counsel on marital transformation the godly way has been instrumental in the restoration of many marriages that were formerly on the brink of divorce.
Dr. Ellis is the author of 4 books, The Many Faces of the Word, Wisdom is the Principal Thing, Tithing, and From Hit and Miss to Wedded Bliss. Dr. Ellis and his wife, Lady Beverly J. Ellis, have been married for 31 years and are the parents of three children, Timothy, Erica, and Victoria.
DR. JOYCE HARBOR
DR. JOYCE HABOR
2018 TRAILBLAZER AWARD RECIPIENT
Dr. Joyce Harbor grew up the only daughter of Bishop Billy Harbor and mother Doris Harbor. This role carried a lot of weight. Her father, Bishop Billy Harbor, was the founder of St. Mark UHC. Her mother, Mother Doris Harbor was the oldest child of Mother Lettie Cohen, ‘the pulpit princess’. Under the footsteps of her family and her Savior.
Joyce answered the call to the ministry in May 2003. She is a member of the East White Oak Baptist Church where she in December celebrated 25 years of service to the Music ministry. She is the minister of music and Minister of Protocol under the leadership of Bishop Benjamin W. Mittman, Sr. During her tenure, Joyce Harbor has developed other young musicians throughout the triad by providing vocal and instrumental lessons for many years. Because of her expertise in music, Joyce received the honor of Doctorate in Sacred Music from the International Bible College, in December 2016.
In the community, Joyce tool the mantle of SPA (Single Parent Advocates), the ministry started by her father to bless children of single parent households at Thanksgiving and Christmas and has been blessing families in the triad for over 27 years. She believes that her greatest ministry is servitude and proves that as she carries out this ministry and by providing prayer and simple words of encouragement to those she meets daily.
Dr. Harbor is known for “Keeping it Real” and believes that her life is an example of the simplicity of the life of Christ, taking ordinary people and doing extraordinary things for the glory of God. Joyce is the mother of one daughter, Deja Graves and grandmother of De’Niyah Hairston. She also has many spiritual children.