MP3 Henry Porter - Sign Me Up
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GOSPEL: Contemporary Gospel, URBAN/R&B: Soul
Dr. Henry L. Porter is an encourager - an agent of success - an engineer of progress - a master of perception: he can see possibilities in others that they do not see in themselves. And, he has the power to help them achieve it - to become "towers of greatness".
His brilliant voice lights the sky with gladness. His television show, The Love Campaign®, airing since 1986, made its national debut on BET in 2004-2006, The Word Network in 2004, The Guardian Network, CTN Television, cable and on radio nationally and internationally. It can now be seen in selected markets. Bishop Porter often appears on the nationally televised Bobby Jones Gospel, and has shared the stage with such great singers as Albertina Walker, Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and the late Cassietta George. He served as panelist for the national broadcast, "Let's Talk Church" filmed in Las Vegas, 2002.
He graduated valedictorian from Booker High School, and earned his Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Florida A. and M. University, Tallahassee. As an undergraduate scholar, he actively participated in community and student affairs (President of the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, the Mathematics Club; and of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; first student director of the Florida A. and M Gospel Choir, and Student Dean of Academic Affairs (SGA)). At 21, he was awarded a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. He immediately pursued the Ph.D. in mathematics at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
He started the Westcoast Gospel Chorus of Florida in June, 1969. He incorporated the Henry L. Porter Evangelistic Association, Inc. (HLPEA, Inc.), as a Florida corporation, not-for-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, June 11, 1971. He opened the Westcoast Center for Human Development and the Westcoast Center for World Evangelism, in 1981, under the umbrella of the HLPEA, Inc. These were birth under the umbrella of HLPEA, Inc. Charisma Magazine featured Dr. Porter on its cover in 1981: The Master's Touch, How Henry Porter is helping Youth Reach Their Potential in Christ.
At age 25, Dr. Porter was invited to serve on the faculty at Florida A&M University, Department of Mathematics. He formed the Spiritual Growth and Enlightenment Prayer Group. It grew to University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida State University, New College-Sarasota, and to Tampa. Westcoast took to foreign soil in 1974: Kingston, Jamaica.
In 1976, he married Cynthia Elayne Johnson, his friend. They have three sons, Henry, Étienne, and Zacchur; and, one daughter, Tsadok Hazel.
He was duly elected bishop in 1983. In 1985, The Trinity College of Ministerial Arts, Nigeria, invited him to consecrate its graduates. His team ministered in Lagos, Port Hartcourt, Aba, Zaria, Kaduna and at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka. By invitation, in 1987, he traveled to Asia (Singapore) to attend the Young Leaders Conference, sponsored by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.
In 1981, The Westcoast School for Human Development (grades K-12) was his next creation. He served as principal from 1981 to 2000. The CBS special, Street Stories, featured Rev. Dr. Cynthia Porter (vice-principal) and the Westcoast Schoolâs unique approach to educating youth.
In 1986, the United Bible College and Seminary, Orlando, Florida, awarded the Doctorate of Letters to Bishop Porter. The Trinity College, in conjunction with Honolulu University and Golden State University, awarded him the Doctor of Divinity degree in 1989. Trinity College established The Henry L. Porter School of Music in 1991. The Federal Republic of Nigeria appointed Dr. Porter to serve on the Senate Advisory Board on Education in 1992. He is a visiting professor for Trinity College in Nigeria. July 2, 1990, Bishop Porter founded the Westcoast Theological Seminary, graduating its first class in 1997. The NAACP awarded its Freedom Award in Education to the Westcoast School for Human Development in 1999.
While in Nairobi, Kenya, he ministered to an overflow crowd at the Kenyatta Conference Center. Later, he met and prayed with President Daniel Moi. In Zimbabwe, he and his Westcoast team were personal guests of Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, at his home. (The Honorable Mr. Nkomo is listed in the world's encyclopedias as one of the chief exponents who fought for the liberation of Southern Africa from apartheid). Foreign nationals seek ways to use the "Westcoast" prototype for rescuing their youth. Rich results in Ghana ignited requests for Dr. Porter to open schools in the western region's twin cities Takoradi and Sekondi.
Since 1971, Dr. Porter has duly ordained 37 ministers and over 25 deacons. Since 1985, he consecrated numerous ministers and graduates of the Bible College in West Africa, and consecrated 5 pastors in South Africa. He has performed marriages for 96 couples, and has baptized hundreds. As Presiding Prelate, he has served on boards to consecrate bishops since 1995: Bishop Kenneth Moales (1995), Bishop James Howell (1997), Bishop Dwight S. Parrett, Sr. (2003), and Bishop E. McDonald Wortham (2003, as Presiding Prelate).
Sarasota Magazine selected Mr. and Mrs. Porter for the 1993 and 2002 Editions: Sarasota 100, Most Powerful People in Sarasota. The couple is recorded in the official Video Archives of Sarasota. The national publication, Ebony Man Magazine, chose Bishop Porter, along with six other African-American men in the nation for its article, "How Black Men Are Giving Back to the Community" (April 1993). Dr. Porter is listed in "Who's Who among Black Americans", Who's Who among America's Teachers, and African-American Good News (Gospel) Music. He has received numerous awards: a commendation from Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, August 1999; Sarasota Herald-Tribune awarded the Westcoast Center the Golden Gavel Award for Youth Related/Youth Sponsored Service, October 4, 2000. Block of 4th Street in downtown Sarasota dedicated to Dr. Henry L. Porter in 2001, and the Governor's Points of Light Award from Governor Jeb Bush in 2002.
July 27, 2000, Dr. Porter went a step further and founded the Westcoast School for Human Development Foundation, Inc. In December 2000, The â¥HLP Love Campaign® which he formed in 1986, performed at the White House.
He was inducted into the State of Florida Gospel Hall of Fame, June 27, 2003. April 14, 2004, He was inducted into the Sarasota Hall of Fame (Video Archives of the City of Sarasota). September 25, 2004, he was inducted into the Broadcasters' Hall of Fame, Akron, Ohio.
The Henry L. Porter Nursery and Primary School, Takum, Nigeria (named in his honor, 1991), has over 1000 students. In 1999, The Henry L. Porter Secondary School opened. Other Westcoast Schools include Miami and Titusville.
While leading a marriage seminar in Germany for U.S. Army personnel, Dr. Porter conducted a gospel concert with the all-German Nürnberger Gospelchor, and the army choir. He has led Leadership Conferences in Italy and in Africa; and, educational tours in France, England, and Germany. Travels include Japan, Hong Kong, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Kenya, Ethiopia, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Porter has authored numerous books, including several books of poetry. He is the publisher of the Sword of the Spirit Newsletter, Black Action Magazine, Westcoast Magazine and HLP Records. He has recorded seventeen albums, and has written more than 2000 songs.
THE GOSPEL AWARDS instituted The Henry Porter Award, honoring Music that Does More Than Sound Award in 2003. World-renown, Hollywood star, Pastor Andraé Crouch accepted the 2004 award; Elbernita âTwinkieâ Clark in 2005. The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the United Negro College Fund honored him, Feb 2, 2005.
For 36 years, he has been a member of the American Association of University Professors. He holds membership in ASCAP, the Gospel Music Association, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Stellar Awards. He is a member of the Yale Club of Suncoast, the Ivy League Club, University Club, and is a Silver Life Member of the NAACP. He holds Life Membership in the Grand Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Bishop Henry Porter is the Presiding Prelate of the Westcoast Centers, with Global Headquarters in Sarasota, Florida.
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