By: K. Denise Richardson
Join us tomorrow May 21st on The Greenlight Project at 11AM- 12PM EST as we welcome Dr. Teresa Hairston on the show.
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 ABC Radio Network or “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 has presented at the National Convention of Choirs and Choruses, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Woman! Thou Art Loosed, and many other conference settings.
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.”