WCN Transmedia Group along with International Goodwill Ambassador and The Africa Heritage Society recognize Dr. Teresa Hairston of Gospel Today and the Gospel Heritage Praise and Worship Conference. Started from the bedroom this Entrepreneur provides us with hope and inspiration. We thank you our Dear Sister in the Gospel and present Psalm 45 in your honor.
1My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
3Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
4And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
5Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.
6Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
8All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
9Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
10Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house;
11So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
12And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.
13The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
14She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
15With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.
16Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
17I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
Dr. Teresa Hairston
Founder & Publisher, Gospel Today and
Founder & Chair, Gospel Heritage Foundation
You may know her as the founder and publisher of Gospel Today or as the host of the Gospel Today TV Show (which airs weekly on the Word TV network via DirecTV); or, maybe you’ve heard her weekly “Gospel Today Update” show on the “The Light” Radio Network. What you may not know about Teresa Hairston, however, is that back in 1989, as a divorced mother of three small children, all she was able to scrape together to invest in her “dream” of becoming a publisher was $300. That’s it. She had $300, three small children, no husband and a dream.
Today, Gospel Today Magazine is a reality, and is the most respected Urban Christian lifestyle publication in existence. GT’s covers have been graced by Steve Harvey, Star Jones, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Rev. Gardner Taylor, Denzel Washington and more. GT is a fixture among progressive ministries and Christians who want inspiring reading material.
In step with her mission to inspire, educate, inform and inspire, Hairston has maintained her strong connection with her Gospel musical roots. In 1996, she founded The Gospel Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization that plans to launch the world’s first International Gospel Heritage Center, a place that will house the Gospel legacy and teach visitors about the Gospel Heritage.
In 2002, she launched the annual “Praise & Worship Conference” which has quickly gained momentum as the top national Conference of its type. In September of 2002, Hairston relocated the headquarters of Gospel Today and GHF to Atlanta.
She says the move was divinely inspired. That same year, Gospel Today co-ventured with Verity Records to produce a nationally-distributed CD, Praise & Worship ’02 featuring the Gospel Heritage Mass Choir. The project garnered national airplay and acclaim. The next CD, “Praise & Worship…Volume 2” was released in February, 2004 and featured artists, Vickie Winans, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Tonex, Elder William Murphy and others.In 2005, Hairston launched her own label, Gospel Today Entertainment which has released two national CD projects. Hairston is a minister of the Gospel and graduated with an earned Doctor of Ministry degree in 2008.
Her motto is: “When God gives you a vision, He’ll make the provision!” Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who the called according to His purpose.” She says, “My goal in life is to use everything that I’ve been through, everything that I am and everything that I endeavor to do to glorify God and build His Kingdom. I want to help people understand that they can achieve their God-inspired visions. Just step out on faith, and watch God make the way.”