The Angels of Praise Choir was invited to participate in the festivities of the Presidential Inauguration for Bill Clinton. Under the leadership of Director, Anthony Richardson, 159 children sang praises to God with great enthusiasm and beautiful harmony.
February 1997 marked the premiere of “Umoja”, an African American celebration of unity.
A first-time event to break down racial barriers among Christians occurred on Easter Sunday when MBCC and Christ United Methodist Church sponsored a city-wide Easter celebration at the Pyramid. This exciting worship service themed "Love Thy Neighbor" brought together approximately 16,000 Memphians of various ages, races, and backgrounds to demonstrate the unity all people have in Jesus Christ.
With the “Breaking the Chain of Debt” Capital Campaign, a Mortgage Burning Celebration for the 70 North Bellevue property took place during Founder’s month. Pastoral/Ministerial staff additions during the year included Nadine Burton as Director of Adult Education, Mellissa Brathwaite as Pastor of Children’s Ministries, and Darnita Brassel as Director of Volunteer Ministries.
1997 marked the end of an era as Alvin O’Neal Jackson, who led the congregation as a caring, charismatic, visionary Senior Pastor, left to serve in God’s vineyard in our nation’s capital. Pastor Jackson accepted the call to National City Christian Church.