WASHINTON- Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, received the 2015 Torch Award for Religion earlier this year from the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), at the Torch Awards Ceremony. Bishop Walker was one of six Honorees and was honored for his musical and spiritual accomplishments.
“The Torch Awards are given to those who provide a light to the people, while preserving a legacy,” remarked the Master of Ceremonies, Marcus Washington, of WJZ Eyewitness News/Baltimore. Bishop Walker embodies those attributes through his dedication to providing inspirational faith based music with his choir the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir. He also serves as Senior Pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Churches, located in Brooklyn, NY and Bensalem, PA.
One of the other Honorees made NNPA history in being the first to be awarded the Junior Newsmaker of the Year. Master Willie Myrick made headlines when he had escaped an abduction attempt at the age of 9. He was grabbed outside his Atlanta home and sang Bishop Walker’s song, “Every Praise,” as the man driving, after three hours, threw him out the car.
“Just to save a young boy’s life, that really meant a lot to me. I’ve had many great things happen to me, but I think by far that is the most best thing that had ever happened to me throughout my career; to be able to save a young boy’s life through my praise that went up in that car,” revealed Walker in his acceptance speech.
Bishop Hezekiah Walker has been a light to many in darkness, whether they overcome drug use, abuse, illness, or those just struggling with their faith. His work has spanned over three decades, with the release of his first solo album, “Focus on Glory”, in 1992. Growing up in the tumultuous Fort Greene housing projects in Brooklyn, NY, he arose from humble beginnings. Today, he has two radio shows, the “Hezekiah Walker Show – Afternoon Praise, “which is aired on 1190 WLIB, New York’s only twenty four hour gospel station, and “Sunday Morning Celebration,” which airs on 107.5 WBLS.
The mission of the Hezekiah Walker Ministries is for the,” Advancement of the People,” this mission is fitting for the NNPA’s goal of being the voice of the people through media, while leaving a legacy. Hezekiah Walker Ministries strives to engage the youth to become active participants in the Body of Christ.
Upon receiving this honor by the NNPA Bishop Walker concluded, “Out of all the awards that I have gotten, out of all the awards I have received, down through the years of my career, I think by far, tonight’s award is the best award I could have ever received in my life.”
The other Torch Award Honorees include: Benjamin L. Crump, Esquire (Newsmaker of the Year), Master Willie Myrick (Junior Newsmaker of the Year), former Lieutenant Governor of Florida, Jennifer S. Carroll (Torch Award for Politics), Jeff Friday, founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc. (Torch Award for Entertainment), and President and CEO of Industrial Bank, B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr. (Torch Award for Business).
Bishop Hezekiah Walker was more than grateful for this recognition, as he concluded with stating, “It’s one thing when other people recognize you, but it’s another thing when your own people can recognize you.”