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Noted Gospel Musician Chester D. T. Baldwin at Trinity Valley Baptist Church this Sat., Sept. 17

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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:39 pm

As part of the Trinity Valley Baptist 141st anniversary celebration, the Reunion Musical will be performed Sat., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Vernon J. & Greater, of Houston; TVMBC Reunion Choir, under the direction of Chester D. T. Baldwin; Young Men-n-Christ, of Port Arthur, Texas; and The Osagle Sisters, of Houston.

All former members of the TVMBC choirs and community churches are invited to participate in the reunion choir. For more information, call 936-336-6767. The church is located at 801 Sam Houston St., in Liberty.

Chester D. T. Baldwin is the Minister of Music and Arts at the Covenant Glen United Methodist Church of Missouri City, Texas. The Liberty native has two well-received CDs by JDI Records of Los Angeles, Ca. to his credit, "Sing It On Sunday Morning! And Sing It On Sunday Morning! 2.

His music is featured on youtube.com and amazon.com with lyrics for songs such as "I Still Hear Mama Praying" available on all of the major lyric web sites.

Baldwin is a native of Liberty, the 5th of five children and when he was about 5 years old, his mother, Gussie, bought a piano "when no one in the family could even play." Chester became organist at the historic Trinity Valley Baptist Church at age 12 and its minister of music when he was only 15.

Chester graduated with honors from Liberty High School, winning awards in music, talent shows and jazz band. He attended the University of Texas and became director for the college gospel choir, Innervisions of Blackness.

Chester became the office administrator for a group of Austin doctors for 12 years then heeded God's call to full time music ministry.

Chester is now a highly sought gospel music singer recording artist and church choir workshop clinician, performing over 35 such clinics and concerts a year throughout the United States and abroad including England, Denmark, and Korea.

His "The Mama Song!" has been featured on Walt "Baby" Love's nationally syndicated program on Mother's Day Weekend since 2000 and is a testimony to the prayer warrior strength of Chester's grandmother, Mamie Sip Baldwin, and mother, Gussie Baldwin Jones.

Trinity Valley Baptist will celebrate its 141st anniversary with a Homecoming Celebration Sun., Sept. 18, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Marcus Cosby, Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, of Houston.

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