Kenya E. Leger' is a
of Mercer Island, Washington, now residing in Seattle. As a child he
spent his summers in Europe living with relatives, and it was there that
he was introduced to classical music. Back home in Seattle, his mother,
the late Joan Williams, helped start a youth Gospel choir at St.
Therese, the family's church. That choir later became Shades of Praise
Gospel Choir, and Kenya sang in the choir and in others, such as True
Destiny, F.A.M.E., Hosanna, and Washington State Mass Choir.
The Lord put it upon
Kenya's heart to start directing in 1999, and since then he has directed
in Shades of Praise, S.T.A.N.D., Urban Rhythms, Young Voices of St.
Therese, and GMWA. He directed in Cora Jackson's Concert of the Cross
Tour 2000 in London, England, and with Shades of Praise for their China
Tour 2002 in Beijing & Shanghai.
Kenya works for the
international financial partnership of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He thanks
God to be able to work for a firm that has an internal prayer request
line via email, and meets weekly with fellow believers of all levels in
the company boardroom for prayer & bible study.
Kenya's has been a
national staff member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America for the
past 11 years. As part of the registration staff at the annual
conventions, he is responsible for accurate accounting of all monies
received on-site on a daily basis. He also serves as assistant treasurer
and as a board member of the Washington State Chapter GMWA.
Kenya's motto is:
East or West, wherever you go, Gospel Music is the best!"
Asst. Chapter Rep.
Ray is a member of Tabernacle
Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle.
He is a awesome musician
and director currently serving at St. Marks
Lutheran Church in Seattle.
Ray studied at the
University of Washington and works for the
State of Washington Department of Social and
Health Services as a Supervisor.
Ray is an excellent baker
and uses those skills to help the area stay
sweet and plump.
Asst. Chapter Rep.
A native of Louisville, KY, Evangelist Robin
Henderson believes that the world must hear the "Good News" with power
and conviction. She's been proclaiming the Savior in song for over 35
years, and knows she's been anointed and appointed by God for such a
time as this.
She and her husband, Deacon Ernest Henderson, know the importance of God
being firmly at the head of any relationship. God has given them over 26
years to become acquainted with one another. They've also been given the
rewarding responsibility of training seven awesome children, and they
now hold the treasured title of "Grandparents", to Jahlil (the King,
born December 2006), Marcus (the Prince, born December 2008) and Saniyah
(the Princess, born January 2010.).
Evangelist Henderson has been highlighted on three Gospel Music Workshop
of America albums, most recently the 2004 Kansas City recording, where
she led "When I See The Blood", written by Quincy Fielding. She's the
winner of the 2006 McDonald's Gospel Fest Northwest Female Soloist
Award. Her personal projects include: "Lord, I Come", and "In Hymn I
Sing, and her recently released third recording, "My Heart's Song".
Lady Henderson has been highlighted in several
stage plays: "The Big Payoff", "Remember Me, Lord", "The Lord Wants A
Yes", and most recently, "Shoutin' On Credit".
She accepted her call to preaching ministry in 2003, under the able
leadership of Pastor LeeArthur Madison of the St. John Baptist Church in
Tacoma, WA., where she is also part of the Music Staff.
She prays you will be blessed by "Excellent Ministry In Music", and
looks forward to worshipping with you at your church, workshop,
conference or ministry retreat.
Griffin is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tacoma where she
Directress of the Women's
Assistant to the Gospel Chorus
and Voices United
Youth Department Counselor
Member of the Education Board
of Knowledge Kollege School
She previously directed the
Young Adult and Junior Choirs.
has worked with the Music Department for about 40 years
is a Staff member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America at the
She is retired Elementary School Teacher/Educator.
Married to Deacon Stephen Griffin
Has two grown children and two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Joe Ann Moore
Joe Ann has worked in the
gospel arena over the thirty years. She has done background
singing for various recording artist who have come to the Pacific
Northwest area as well as local Seattle recording artist.
A member of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church., Joe Ann is a former
member of Northwest Connection Community Choir and Hosanna.
She is one of the original members of the Seattle Area Gospel Announcers Guild
and a former Gospel Announcer at NJOY Radio.
Joe Ann retired from the
University of Washington after 31 years of service as the Administrative
Assistant in the department of University Relations News and
Information. She now works part-time for the Seattle School
District and she keeps the area smelling and looking good as an Avon
The Mother of daughters, Catrina Bailey and Alesia Jessie, she is
blessed with 3 granddaughters 1 grandson.
Chapter Rep. Emeritus
in Federal Way, Washington, 20 miles south of Seattle. She is the Mother
of 3 sons, Grandmother to 5 and Great-Grandmother to 3.
She went to work for the Boeing
Company in 1967 and spent the first 20 years building wire bundles for
the 727 and 737 airplanes. In 1987 she was asked if she would like to
teach what she knew and was hired by the Employee Training and
Development Organization to teach electrical certification and
fabrication to employees. She was the first African American women to
serve as an instructor in that area.
She retired from the Boeing Company in 1999 after 31 years.
She enjoys building websites and babysitting her grandkids. Her website clients include several gospel music ministries
and organizations. She also owns "Zina's Word", a desktop
publishing business and coordinates workshops and special events.
One of the original members
of the Seattle Area Gospel Announcer guild, Zina had a regular evening
show on KSRB Radio called "Tuesday Night Gospel" for many years.
Zina also serves as the Administrative Assistant of the GMWA National
James Cleveland Gospel Chorus.