The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. (GMWA),
a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1967
by the late Reverend James Cleveland. Reverend
Cleveland has been celebrated for his contributions
to gospel music and is undeniably one of the most
significant gospel artists of our time. Since
its founding, the GMWA has become the largest gospel
music convention in the world. The Northern
California Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of
America was founded by Helen J. H. Stephens,
Chapter Representative and National Executive Board
interdenominational organization, the Northern California Chapter is open to and
comprised of members from all religious faiths: Baptists, Catholics,
Seventh-Day Adventists, Jewish, Protestant, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Lutheran.
Our goals are:
To provide education regarding the history of
gospel music: chronicling the changes in the art
form, various types (traditional, hip hop,
contemporary, rap, classical), and
identification of the fore-fathers and founders
though to present-day notables.
Promotion of gospel music as an alternative and
inspirational outlet for today’s youth and young
adults, exemplifying the positive aspects of
To reinforce homes by encouraging family
structure, allowing families to train together;
to benefit the community by promoting values and
To record music to inspire and uplift, thereby
reflecting a brighter, more serene lifestyle
paving the way for hope and faith.
train individuals who will be able to share by
teaching and being examples to others.