Antioch-Lithonia’s Pastor James C. Ward selected by music publishing company
When Resurrection Sunday comes next year, your church choir just might be singing a song composed by James C. Ward, who pastors Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.
The Lorenz Corporation has selected Pastor Ward’s “King Jesus Is Alive!’ to reproduce as sheet music for choirs everywhere.
Ward submitted the piece in June 2012 during the Lorenz Corporation’s composers’ workshop held in Conyers. The music publishing company, based in Dayton, Ohio, contacted him this year to say it would publish the piece.
“This is a real honor for me. It can be pretty tough to get selected. They’re real blunt about what’s good and what’s not,” said Pastor Ward. “I thank God for the opportunity.” The celebratory gospel anthem opens with a soloist and develops into an a cappella piece that is suitable for Easter works. The song includes harmonies and engaging rhythms and melodies.
“I’ve dabbled in music all of my life,” said Pastor Ward, who studied music at Morehouse College under choral music legend, Wendell P. Whalum. Ward also sang under the late Whalum, who was director of the internationally-known Morehouse Glee Club.
At Antioch, Pastor Ward oversees the James C. Ward Chorale. Antioch offers a range of music during its Sunday worship services.
Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2152 Rock Chapel Road, Lithonia.
You can hear “King Jesus Is Alive!” at www.antiochlithonia.org/media_store.