Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant

Legacy Ball Keynote Speaker

The Legacy Ball honoring  The Word of God Christian Academy  is a call to celebrate this great legacy of Faith and Purpose inherited from the founders of this great institution. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant delivers a powerful message that celebrates the importance of building a legacy, and remaining a steadfast advocate to encourage and engage future generations to help preserve the Legacy built by our founders.

Visionary. Civil rights activist community organizer. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant combines sound Biblical teaching, business acumen and political insight to propel the Body of Christ to action and greater levels of faith. Since his youth, Dr. Bryant has prevailed against the odds – rising from G.E.D to Ph.D.

Prior to pastoring, he served as the national youth and college director of the NAACP for six years, where he helped to mobilize over 70,000 youth worldwide in non-violent campaigns.

Dr. Bryant, a third-generation minister, was the founding pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland, acclaimed as the fastest-growing African Methodist Episcopal church in the denomination’s 200-year history. With an undeniable gift to bridge generations from the Civil Rights movement to the Black Lives Matter.

Dr. Bryant incites change in the faith community His ability to reach across social, economic and political barriers has helped people to not only experience the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ, but to activate success in their everyday lives.

His ministry has become an incubator for entrepreneurs, homeowners, and the like. Additionally, programs under his guidance have aimed to spread the Gospel, develop strong leaders empower the economically disadvantaged, and challenge social injustices.

In December 2018, Dr. Bryant was appointed the Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. His leadership efforts have already begun to strengthen the multi-generational bond among members, expand community outreach, cultivate families and expand the church’s cultural significance.


Tony Craddock, Jr.

The maturity of his vision for life and music is quite compelling and is born out in the sound of his horn,” said Grammy® award-winning saxophonist & composer Kirk Whalum about inspirational saxophonist Tony Craddock, Jr.

Tony’s discovery of smooth jazz on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s” at age eight led him to the saxophone and also cultivated his love for weather, culminating with him earning a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Cornell University. Now, he uplifts listeners with weather-themed inspirational jazz, gospel and R&B, reaching listeners worldwide through online streaming platforms, and nationwide on Sirius XM Radio and Music Choice

His latest album, H20, was produced by chart-topping guitarist Ken Navarro and features Kirk Whalum on a soul-stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace.” The release earned Tony three nominations for the D.C. area 2019 Wammie Awards in the categories of best jazz album, best jazz song, and best jazz group with his band, Cold Front.

Tony has performed at jazz festivals, concert halls, churches and professional sports arenas throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South, while being blessed to share the stage with award-winning artists, including Jean Carne, Norman Connors, Ben Tankard and Luther Barnes.

Tony believes his music has nothing to do with him, but rather the gifts with which God has blessed him. He is a native of Woodbridge, Virginia and currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Danielle and daughter Natalie.


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