Pastors United celebrate 6th anniversary by honoring the Black experience through art and culture

May 9, 2019

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Pastors United hosted their Sixth Annual Dinner Gala and Awards Banquet at Abundant Faith Church of Integrity, 7830 West Good Hope Rd. This year the community advocacy group themed their awards gala around “The Black Experience Through Arts and Culture: Past • Present • Future.” Their keynote speaker this year was State Representative Kalan Haywood, II who helped honor a number of local artists, advocates, politicians, and religious leaders from the community.

Among those honored were Shelia Payton (right photo) who received the Nathan Conyers Lifetime Service Award, named after the late Milwaukee Times founder (inset), who was influential in the early days of Pastors United. Among those also honored were Darrel Hill and Vedale Hill; the late Gregory Stanford; Clayborn Benson, III; William “Earl” Butler; Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs; Alderman Russell Stamper, II; and André Lee Ellis. Pictured at the event are (top photo, from left) gala committee member Elder Annette Lewis; gala committee member Dr. Pat Robinson; and Pastor United Founder and President Minister Gregory Lewis.