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Pastor Marvin Winans

February 18, 2012 by staff 

Pastor Marvin Winans, Marvin Winans is no stranger to fame. He comes from a musical gospel family known far and wide. Just say “The Winans” and people in the music world know who you’re talking about

Marvin was the premier song writer for the group, their albums top sellers spanning the 1980s and 1990s. Though he’s a gospel giant he has worked in the secular music world as well, fusing gospel and R&B with big names such as R&B producer Teddy Riley.

But at the end of the day, those in pastoral and gospel circles say Winans is a preacher and a good one who’ll lean on the gospel tomorrow to eulogize Whitney Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.

“He knows how to minister at times like this,’’said Rev. Joe A. Carter, the pastor of New Hope who will be officiating. “No preacher has the extreme joy to be put in a position like this. It’s one of the challenges to ministers in dark times, but that’s where the word of God comes in.’’

Video: Owner of funeral home explains to media the plan for Whitney Houston funeral Carolyn Whigham, owner of Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, explains to the media on Tuesday afternoon that Whitney Houston’s funeral will be held on Saturday at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. She also talked about knowing the family and their loss. (Video by Noah K. Murray/The Star-Ledger) Watch video

Winans, a Grammy Award winner, is pastor of the Perfecting Church in Detroit, which he founded in the early 1990s. When you combine his ability to deliver a sermon and his musical background, Winans is the common sense and hands down choice to celebrate Whitney’s life at the church where she grew up singing, mesmerizing people with her talent as young as 12-years-old.

Winans has a special bond with the pop star, say those who know him and knew Houston. His family has known the Houstons for years. Both are rooted in the church and Winans married Whitney and R&B singer Bobby Brown, her ex-husband in 1992. They have appeared on stage together, but more importantly, Winans knows the triumphs and trials of the musical celebrity that was at the center of her life.

“That’s important, because one of the clouds over this whole thing has to do with her struggles,’’ said Rev. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. “I think Marvin will be able to handle the task of broadening people’s understanding of the pressures of being Whitney Houston. He’s had more fame than most preachers. It uniquely qualifies him to help us understand some of these issues.’’

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