By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

For years, Inside The Pew has collected church and nonprofit event announcements to run on the website. At the request of frequent visitors, we have decided to return the listing to it rightful place. If you have announcements that pertain to church or nonprofit events, workshops, or concerts and plays, send them to us at The list will also run on our Twitter and Facebook accounts as well.

In Port Arthur, Texas: The Woman Be Thou Empowered Conference is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on May 17 and May 18 at Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1337 E. Fifth St. in Port Arthur. Gospel singer and songwriter Kathy Burrell, sister of gospel sensation Kim Burrell, is the host of the event. Burrell will feature some of her own music and wonderful messages from various speakers each night. The cost for the conference is $20 for both nights. The vision of the conference is to awaken the soul of every woman in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas. Both men and women are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Email or call 409-454-6779. Time is running out so register ASAP to ensure a spot.

In Frisco, Texas: The International Network for the Professional Development of Women (INPDW), a group which supports female Christian entrepreneurs, will hold a yearlong program called Impact Mastermind Group will beginning in July.  Open enrollment for the group ends June 15. The program is slated to begin July 1. This group is designed to help women grow their businesses to the level they desire. Branding, marketing, client attraction, systems, social media, outsourcing are some of the training topics. Only 20 women are allowed to participate. The cost is $67 per month. Visit for more information.

In Dallas, Texas: ManeLock Communications will hold a workshop titled, “Introduction to Memoir Writing” from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 19 at St. Phillips School and Community Center, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Dallas. Writing consultant Linda Jones will facilitate the program. This fun and thought-provoking workshop will help attendees turn their memories and special moments into precious family heirlooms. Learn how to become gatekeepers of unique histories and storytellers in families. The workshop fee is $45. Bring a friend and get an additional $5 discount. To RSVP, email

In Dallas, Texas: ManeLock Communications will hold a workshop titled, “Writing Through Grief” from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 20 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Road Suite 115 in Dallas. Writing consultant and author Linda Jones will teach participants to use writing as a vehicle to work through grief cause by death and other losses. This time sensitive workshop will explore journaling techniques, mood monitoring, music meditation, affirmations, and poetic approaches. The workshop fee is $50. Bring a friend, and he or she is admitted for $40. To RSVP, email

In Euless, Texas: CAREER SOLUTIONS, a nonprofit job seeker ministry, will hold a workshop “Networking on Steroids” from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. The workshop will take place at First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Airport Freeway, in Euless. Seminar leader Mike Richards will teach career changers how to do so from a biblical perspective. Preregister online for $50 or $80 donation the day of the event. Spouses may attend the seminar FREE with your paid registration. Remember to enter your spouse’s name in the comments field when you are purchasing the seminar. Deadline to register for seminar online is May 17.

In Arlington, Texas: The Lyricist’s Café will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at 7:19 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Artist’s Boot Camp, 1940 Stadium Oaks Court in Arlington. Cost is $10. Tallied as one of the hottest Christian open mics in DFW, the event will be hosted by SE7EN. Poets, rappers, singers, musicians and anyone who would like to be on the open mic should email Robert L. Wagner at


By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Kathy Burrell has been involved with music since she was a little girl growing up in Houston. Along with her siblings, who includes younger sister and gospel megastar Kim Burrell, the quartet learned to spread the gospel through their melodic voices.

Now, Kathy Burrell, an award-winning songwriter, is taking her years of experience in the gospel music circuit and teaching it

Lake Charles mayor Randy Roach, left, and Kathy Burrell during the announcement that Burrell's "The Sound of a New Music Workshop" is coming to Lake Charles, La., in April.

to others who desire to break into the business.

Through her own production company – YourWeh Music – Kathy is touring the southwest and south to stage “The Sound of a New Music” workshops.  The two-day event allows Kathy to provide one-on-one mentoring to aspiring gospel artists. The first day includes a musician showcase, where individuals perform before Kathy and a group of highly regarded clinicians in gospel music. On the second day, a business forum is held where Kathy and the clinicians teach music; provide answers to burning questions; and teach participant how to conduct business in the gospel industry.

Kathy Burrell – The Sound of a New Music Workshop in Port Arthur, Texas

“It is my passion for the kingdom of God that allows me to do this,” Kathy Burrell shared with Inside The Pew. “Nobody grabbed me and my sister and told us anything. I had to learn the hard way.

“I am able to give them those tools before they bump their head. It is an honor and a privilege to do this.”

In 2009, Kathy joined the songwriting ranks with “Yes To Your Will,” a ballad sung by Kim Burrell. The song was nominated

Kathy Burrell is accomplished singer and songwriter.

for a Grammy Award.  Kathy also penned several songs for Kim’s revered “The Love Album;” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2011. Kim took home the Stellar Award’s female vocalist of the year and contemporary female of the year honors in January. Kim mentioned in her acceptance speech that her sister, Kathy, was the power behind the success of “The Love Album” because Kathy wrote most of the songs on the release.

In addition, in February, “Sweeter,” written by Kathy and recorded by Kim earned a Dove Award nomination.

The workshops will make stops in Louisiana later in April and in June. The workshop is slated for 7:30 p.m. on April 20 and April 21 in Leesville and 7:30 p.m. on April 27 and 10 a.m. on April 28 in Lake Charles; June 1 and June 2 in Baton Rouge, and June 15 and 16 in New Orleans. According to Burrell’s website, the locations for these events will be determined.

Kathy Burrell said “The Sound of a New Music” workshops are coordinated through her company, YourWeh Music Productions.

Burrell’s slate also includes the “Woman Be Thou Empowered” conference on May 17 to May 19 at Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1337 East Fifth St., in Port Arthur. The theme of the women’s event is women behind the front line.

Mary Motley, a gospel singer who performs in southeast Texas, attended the Port Arthur workshop on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25.  She said Kathy Burrell made her feel appreciated. By attending the workshop, Motley said she can perfect her talent.

“Kathy is real, and a down-to-earth artist; she is just like me,” said Motley, who has been singing since she was 4 years old. “She has never had the attitude that she is up there and I am down there. I feel she will be instrumental in my career and others who want to get into gospel music. Kathy respected me and my craft.”

Motley said the greatest asset Kathy can provide to up-and-coming artist is the truth about what the recording entails because Kathy Burrell has been around professional gospel music for quite some time.

“Go experience it because I feel I have found a friend for life. Don’t get offended, because she is tough. Come with an open mind and don’t come with your heart on your sleeve.”

To register for a “The Sound of a New Music” workshop or the “Woman Be Thou Empowered” conference, visit