Biography

“…ChoseN to do a work for the Master”

“According as HE has CHOSEN us in HIM before the foundation of the world that we should be HOLY and without blame before HIM in LOVE”
Ephesians 1:4

Calvin Bridges is Anointed by GOD to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At age seven Calvin met the Lord and was baptized into the faith with a great love for the LORD Jesus Christ.    He is, chosen to do a work for the Master.

The LORD has anointed Reverend Calvin Bridges to teach Praise and Worship seminars, and perform Gospel music throughout the world.  After studies at Southern Theological Seminary, Chicago State University, and Kennedy King Community College, in 1982, he was ordained into the Gospel ministry at the Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois where he served as Associate Minister and Minister of Music, 1979-1999. On August 18, 2000 Bridges was ordained an Elder in the Churches of God In Christ by Bishop William H. Bonner of the Sixth Jurisdiction of Illinois. Currently, he is a member of the Apostolic Faith Church, Chicago, Bishop Dr. Horace E. Smith MD, Pastor, and serves the nations of the earth through Word and Song, singing and teaching the Good News about Jesus.

With a passion for the Gospel and compassion for people of all walks of life, God has appointed Calvin to minister in twelve countries including crusades in Antigua, Jamaica, Ghana, Kenya, Germany, and concerts in England, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. In addition to numerous recordings, television and radio appearances, his honors also include composing Gospel music favorites, “Chosen”, “I Can Go To God In Prayer”, and “Spread The Word” (Grammy nominated).  Bridges is also the recipient of two of Gospel music’s most coveted Stellar Awards.

Calvin Bridges is founder of Chicago Praise Ministries, a non-profit Gospel music arts organization and in 1991 he formed the Chicago Praise Ensemble. His vision, using the Gospel music art form, is to spread the awareness of the Gospel through music throughout the world.  Whether in seminars, workshops, festivals, concerts or crusades, he endeavors to promote and provide educational training to all peoples in the Word of God. CPM is also active education through volunteering and the Stop The Violence movement.

His quest is to go into the entire world and take the Gospel message. Bridges says… “There are so many hurting and lost souls in the world… You don’t have to stay in the shape that you’re in. After you’ve tried the rest, now, try the best”!   “SOMEBODY HELP ME LIFT JESUS”!   Calvin Bridges is “Chosen to do a work for the Master”!