Megachurch pastor Mike Jr. takes gospel music by storm

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Pastor Mike Jr.
Pastor Mike Jr at the 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards, 2022 |

Pastor Mike McClure Jr. scooped top awards at the 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards this weekend. The Christian Post spoke to the 38-year-old to get a closer look at the man and the minister behind the high honor.

McClure, the leader and founder of Rock City Church in Forestdale, Alabama, has won a total of six Stellar Awards, including Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Artist of the Year, Contemporary Album of the year, Urban / Inspiring Single or Performance of the year and Album of the year for I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol. 1.

For a decade, McClure put his music aside to lead his expanding ministry. Before founding a church, however, he regularly led worship at his father’s ministry and revival events.

“All my life. I’ve loved God,” the artist shared in a recent interview with CP.

McClure comes from a long line of ministry leaders. Her grandfather, Bishop Calvin Woods, was the president of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

“I come from a family rich in traditions,” he explained. “My father was a pastor, so serving God and loving people is in my DNA.”

In 2009, at age 25, McClure started a church with 10 friends. Within a year, this church grew to include thousands of people.

“Within two years we were filling arenas across the city of Birmingham, transforming lives,” he testified.

Yet music has always been central to who he is.

“I clearly heard the Lord say to me, ‘For the next 10 years, love God, love your family, love your city, love your church, and the world will come looking for you,'” McClure recalled. started my church, I literally didn’t do anything musical for the most part.

In 2019, 10 years later, he released his first solo single, “Big”, and “the rest is history”. The song reached the top 20 on Billboard charts, including Top Gospel Songs and Gospel Airplay.

The pastor told CP his goal was “very simple”.

“It’s to inspire people and help draw them to Jesus,” he noted. “Gospel music is the only genre of music where the message plus the melody equals a miracle.”

“For me, the problem is not the music. It’s not the gospel. Sometimes we have this weird way of making people feel unworthy of the gospel,” the pastor explained. Birmingham.

McClure said her approach is to be “transparent and inspiring” and to show people that if “you trust God and dream big, He will work it out for you.”

He said his goal was not just to rack up awards or be famous, but to help those who are “on the fringes, the lesser, the lonely, the left behind and the losers”. He wants to help people see that God loves them and has a purpose for them.

“Influence is worth more than money,” he said. “So my goal is to have influence. So this mother who has a son in court was a good kid, he just made a bad decision. We can call the judge and say, ‘Hey, sir, he’s a good boy, he didn’t think so, “and helps transform lives on a very real level.”

McClure was incredibly touched by her recognition at this year’s Stellar Awards.

“No words can describe how I felt. I’m sitting in the room with Marvin Sapp whose ‘Never Would Have Made It’ [song] got me through some of the toughest times in life. Then you look over there, there’s Erica Campbell. Then you look to your right, there’s James Fortune and there’s [Kirk] Franklin. So for me, it’s still surreal,” he told CP.

He said he was just “a kid from Birmingham” who is crazy enough to dream.

McClure was named Artist of the Year for two consecutive years, which has never happened in the history of the Stellar Awards.

“It’s just surreal, and for a lot of independent artists to come up to me afterwards and say, ‘Man, thank you, you gave me hope, you give me inspiration,’ it was worth it. cut!” concludes the gospel interpreter.

For more information about McClure, his music and his ministry, visit his website.

Jeannie Ortega Law is a reporter for The Christian Post. Contact her at: [email protected] She is also the author of the book, What’s happening to me? How to defeat your invisible enemy Follow her on Twitter: @jlawcp Facebook: JeannieOMusic

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