The history of  GMWA in Washington State began when two young men from Tacoma, Bobby and Jimmy Brown, decided to attend the convention as individual members. They participated as faculty members and taught classes. Eventually theyJimmy & Bobby Brown registered with the Northern California Chapter.

The first Washington State Chapter was established in 1971 with Bobby Brown serving as the the first Chapter Rep,  appointed by the Founder, Rev. James Cleveland.

The choir ministered at their first convention in 1972 in Los Angeles, California and in 1976 they ministered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Patrinell WrightPatrinell Wright served as the next Chapter Rep. and the choir continued to flourish. However in the 80"s membership waned and the Chapter ceased to function.

In 1992 the Chapter was re-established by Willis Devone and became a functioning Chapter again. He was installed as the Chapter Rep. They ministered in Chicago, IL in 1992, Indianapolis, IN in 1993, Atlanta, GA in 1994, and Los Angeles, CA in 1995.

Willis resigned in 1997 and Marian Griffin was installed as Chapter Rep. She served until 1999 and Darriel Menefee stepped into the Chapter Rep position.

In 2000 the Washington State Chapter joined forces with the Seattle Chapter and the Vancouver Canada Chapter to become the Pacific Northwest Chapter. The three regions combined their strengths and resources to form one large Chapter covering the state of Washington and British Columbia, Canada. Zina Jordan and Darriel Menefee served as Co-Chapter Reps.

Rehearsals were held in Vancouver one month and Seattle the next month.

In 2006, the Chapter decided to return to their original name (The Washington State Chapter) with Zina Jordan serving as Chapter Rep. The Choir ministered in Tampa, FL in 2003 and Orlando, FL in 2007. After 10 years of service, Zina gained the title of Chapter Rep Emeritus and Kenya Legér was appointed Chapter Rep.

The Chapter continues in their endeavors to unite gospel singers and musicians on local and international levels, to educate, cooperate and communicate the Christian message through gospel music.

We are multi-cultural, multi denominational choir and our members come from various churches and cities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

On December 1, 2012 they presented to the public their first CD project entitled "Standing on the Promises."

 
Current Chapter Board Members

Kenya Legér
Chapter Rep.
K. Ray Jones
K. Ray Jones
Asst. Chapter Rep.
Robin Henderson
Robin Henderson
Asst. Chapter Rep.
Marian Griffin
Marian Griffin

Treasurer
Joe Ann Moore
Joe Ann Moore
Secretary
Zina Jordan
Zina Jordan
Chapter Rep. Emeritus
  
  Former Chapter Reps
 
Willis Devone
Willis Devone

Ollie Taylor
Ollie Taylor
First Chapter Rep of the
Seattle Chapter

Jeanine Mdill
Jeanine Madill
Chapter Rep of the Vancouver
Canada Chapter

Marian Griffin
Marian Griffin

Darriell Menefee
Darriel Menefee