Every Sunday I have the privilege and pleasure of attending church with 18,000 others at New Life Covenant Southeast church in Chicago. With four services at two different locations, John Hannah, Senior Pastor of NLC, not only packs the church house, he packs a powerful punch in the pulpit also. This is why his membership grows exponentially weekly! Not only that, New Life is the church where all the heavy hitters in the gospel music industry visit. Anybody who's somebody visits New Life and it is wonderful to experience the best of the best on a regular. We've had artists like Israel Houghton, Tamela Mann, Marvin Winans, William Murphy, Jonathan McReynolds, Tasha Cobbs--I mean, I could go on and on--visit our church. Let me just say, we "gets it in" with praise and worship at New Life.
There are many reasons Pastor Hannah has so many visitors.
I mean, he was a popular radio show announcer on "Inspiration 1390," for years. He was one of the judges of the popular church choir competition "How Sweet the Sound", and most notably, was the recipient of the 2012 Stellar Award Announcer of the Year. As you can see, the man has influence in the city of Chicago.
But I have to tell you: the reason so many people are drawn to Pastor Hannah is simple.
Pastor Hannah is one of the nicest, and funniest preachers you'll ever meet!
As someone who's been in church all my life, formally studied religion at DePaul University, and seen all kinds of teachers and preachers, Pastor Hannah is truly an instructive and inspiring man of God. Last summer, for example, while Chicago was experiencing violence and counting body bags, Pastor Hannah had our church count souls as he went about saving 1,000 people from an eternity in hell--and in fact, we went well beyond our target goal. While we must deal with the issues that plague our city, we know we have a home in heaven and a right to God's blessings when we are obedient to God's instructions for our lives. Pastor Hannah teaches us and makes love and obedience crystal clear.
I'm just trying to give you a glimpse of who Pastor Hannah is before you see this Vimeo, because this is the pastor I have come to know and love. He addresses what I have been asking all along about the "Preachers of LA" and that is:
"What message are you sending to America in representing the church of Jesus Christ?"
Pastor Hannah poses this specifically about Deitrick Haddon's "roller coaster" of emotions he displays on the show. But I have been asking this question to all of the LA preachers since the first episode. What do you say?
Now, YOU HAVE GOT TO WATCH THIS VIMEO!
And you don't have to just watch Pastor Hannah here, feel free to join us in Chicago at New Life Covenant Southeast, or stream live from wherever you are.
About me: I'm a wife and mom of six daughters living in Chicago trying to help others understand that if they want God to release the weight of His glory, that there is a physical stamina required to carry the anointing of God we as believers all so desperately seek. For this reason, I teach land and water fitness classes at a Christian facility and practice living "In FITNESS and In Health." Like the Apostle Paul, I know what's it's like to live in lack and with plenty, and am continuing to learn the secret of being content. I thank God each day for the gift of life because for years I have struggled with flare ups from Crohn's disease. Now today, I am happy, healthy, and fit by incorporating the Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge into my life, and encourage any and all to join me in the pursuit of God's glory.