Celebrating 50 Years in Music Ministry - Dr. Dorgan J. Needom, Jr
Celebrating 50 Years in Music Ministry at Unity Baptist Church - Dr. Dorgan J. Needom, Jr.
Most Detroiters who love and enjoy gospel music know the name of Dr. Dorgan Needom
is well known here and around the country for his
musical talent and accomplishments.
For most of my life Unity Baptist Church has had a reputation for having some of the best gospel music in the city of Detroit.
Their well-known and respected Minister of Music has had something to do with that.
Dr. Dorgan J. Needom
has reached a milestone that few will ever reach.
Serving 50 years as the Minister of Music at the same church.
Unity Baptist Church
is where Dr. Dorgan Needom
has served for the last 50 years.
It is a great milestone and we at DetroitGospel.com
would like to congratulate him on his
50 years of service at Unity Baptist Church
Here are just a few of his
He served as the chapter representative for the Detroit Chapter of GMWA.
also served with the Detroit 300 Choir that was part of the city celebrating its 300th birthday.
In 2002 Dr. Needom
was inducted in the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame
He was involved with the "Detroit Remembers" project, and this summer he served as the General Music Director for the NAACP's 98th Annual Convention which was held here in Detroit.
Dr. Dorgan J. Needom
took time out of his
busy scheducle to share with us his
insights from his
50 years as Minister of Music for Unity Baptist Church
DG.com: What has been the key to your longevity in serving as minister of music at Unity Baptist Church
for 50 years?
: I initially became so involved in the development of the choir (i.e. to inspire them to want to pursue high musical standards by learning the different genres of sacred music).
: I believe I can reflect on several accomplishments.
One of them is that I was able see how the success of the music ministry impacted the subsequent growth and development of the church.
Another accomplishment is my having patience to endure and overcome the seemingly immeasurable odds that appeared to be stumbling blocks which ultimately proved to be stepping stones.
I believe that another accomplishment is a personal one in that I know that God rewards those who are patient and that it is He
who sustains and keeps us in "perfect peace.
: My early influences came from the pioneers of gospel music.
: The answer to that question is simple, as long as God allows.
I love the Lord and I love playing.
With the radical changes that are occurring in gospel music, I have not decided how much longer I will stay at Unity.
However, I will continue to play and serve God in some place and in some musical capacity as long good health and strength permit.
Please join the Unity Baptist Church
family as they celebrate Dr. Dorgan J. Needom's
50 years of outstanding service as Minister of Music.