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Explore the Soul of Gospel with Rev. Mack Brandon at West Side Presbyterian Church

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Ridgewood NJ, Rev. Mack Brandon, pastor of the Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Ridgewood, will be live in the sanctuary of West Side Presbyterian Church on June 1 at 7:30 pm! You’re invited into the exhilarating and contemplative soul center of gospel music with Rev. Brandon and select members of his “Connection Choir” as he considers joy, self-reflection and spiritual formation in the Black Church experience.

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Rev. Brandon has been a professor of music at Ramapo College of New Jersey for the past 28 years. Starting as the 14-year-old director of his home church’s youth choir in New Jersey, he went on to become pianist or musical director for such artists as Ben E. King, The Drifters, Luther Vandross, Etta James, Average White Band and The Supremes. As a solo artist, he toured worldwide, including appearances as the opening act to the late comedienne Joan Rivers and to country artist Clint Black.

He is also the founder of Musical Words, an arts-in-education program now in its 20th year of operation in New Jersey. For 25 years Rev. Brandon has served as founder-director of the 90-voice Conference Choir with whom he has concertized nationally. And for the past 20 years he has lectured and conducted workshops worldwide on the topic of the tradition, culture and worship of sacred black music in America, including gospel music.

Rev. Brandon is now enjoying his 11th year with Metropolitan AME Zion Church, where his love for ministry, music and education all come together. 

Can’t make it in person? Watch the livestream at

Founded in 1912, West Side Presbyterian Church is a welcoming, inclusive church where people of all ages grow in faith, form lasting friendships and help our neighbors in need. West Side is located at 6 South Monroe Street in Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, please visit

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  1. Looking fwd to it!

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