Bethel hosts amazing VC Jesus Fest (Festival de Jesus) and 8th Annual HIV/AIDS Health Fair
Jesus Fest, hosted by Bethel AME Church in Oxnard, brought in over a dozen performers including: Michael McCurtis Group; Bethel AME Praise Dancers and Bobby Richards; Fountain of Life Choir, Kyla Valverde; United Pentecostal Church Signs Team, Becky Arellano; Song in Spanish, Silvia Guido, Miracle Center; Hardstep Ministries Rap/Dancers, Vince Serrano; Agape Mime Group, Jennifer Vogue; Acoustic Spirit Band, Rich Handley Harbor Church; ELCC Mime Group, Barbara Simon; Samoan Church, El Rio Choir, Arieta Falibae; St. Paul Baptist Church, Praise Team, Linda Brown; and Ephraim Manasseh Choir.
The well attended event featured Richard Linares as the master of ceremonies. Rev. Cox, Pastor Lonnie McCowan, Bishop Princeton Allen, Pastor Ken Johnson, Pastor Raya Cain and Pastor Steve Perez also shared the stage.
A variety of different ethnic groups and ages came to celebrate. The one common denominator was their love for the Lord. “I love the Lord and he loves us all,” said Jesus Lopez. “I am here with my family and I am happy to see black and brown celebrating together. God sees us all as Christians.”
The event also featured the 8th Annual HIV/AIDS Health Fair that included free testing for blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and HIV/AIDS testing.
The event concluded with the Glory Awards honoring businesses, organizations, individuals and ministries throughout Ventura County. The awardees were:
Outstanding First Lady: Denise Cox, Dr. Tammie S. Allen, Veronica Perez, Patricia Johnson, Arline Carter
Outstanding Business: CTS Innovations, Myra Kelley, Owner; The Sandwich Man Restaurant; Juanita Sanford; Simi Valley Ford, Larry Hibbler, Owner; Tri-County Sentry Newspaper, Peggy Hunt
Outstanding Citizen: Vern Novstrup, Al Duff, Sr., Doc Dewberry, Bert Wallace, LaRita Montgomery, Charles Hookstra, Marcela Morales
Outstanding Organizations: Catholic Charities, C-Street Family Plan
Outstanding Hospital Health Care Facility: Lorraine Hirschey, Hospice Care; Healthwise Home Care Solution; Maggie Penney Hospice Care
Leaders of Tomorrow: Grenisha Holmes, Richard Linares, Khalilah Durias, Exekiel Perez
Outstanding Mentor Program: Renee Cervantez
Outstanding Christian Education Services: Jerry Gaston
Outstanding Educator: Amanda Wilson, Rebecca Caron, Mike Fishell
Father/Man of the Year: Crittendon Ward, Greg Ward
Women of Inspiration: Ruby Gaston, Ruby Manor, Julia Dixon, Irene Pinkard, Aracely Fox
Unsung Hero: Tonya Prezzie, Justice Mckenzie
Outstanding Tutoring Service: Bethel AME Church Tutoring, AKA Akademy
Outstanding Ministry: Pastor David Moore, Pastor Sam Gallucci, Dr. Emma Waits, Minister Von Beaty, Ava Adams, Victory Outreach Youth Department, Eliseo Alaniz, Sara Alaniz
Outstanding Entrepreneur: Robert Jeffreys, KNS
Outstanding Hall of Fame: Arthur Dawson, John Hatcher, III, Rogelio Hernandez
Outstanding Youth of the Year: Chondra Ward, Amos Scott, Daisey Sumaya
Outstanding Athlete: Giovanni Scott