Gospel singer, songwriter, and author Earnest Pugh has become the new artist-in-residence at The Church Without Walls. The Houston, Texas-based church has three campuses and a congregation of nearly 25,000, As Artist-in-Residence, Pugh will collaborate with the music department staff and he will perform musical selections on the 4th Sunday of each month at the Queenston Campus, beginning on Sunday, October 24th @8 AM.
"When I received the call from the Director of Worship and Arts, Kenneth Myles, I was blown away," Pugh says. "Their music department is known and respected across the country for their great level of ministry but above all I have the utmost admiration and respect for Pastor Dr. Ralph Douglas West. He, in my opinion, is one of the most prolific preachers, professors and authors in the world. I view this as the top ministerial staff position that's ever been offered to me. Accepting a position of this magnitude, is truly my honor."
Pugh has sung in church all his life. After a fifteen-year military career, he launched his recording career as a gospel artist in the early 2000s. Over the years, he's become known in particular for both his poignant ballads such as "Rain on Us" and his worship anthems such as "The Great I Am." Along the way, he's collaborated with the likes of Rance Allen, Beverly Crawford, J Moss, Richard Smallwood, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Shirley Caesar, among others. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Howard University and will earn a Ph.D. in Theology and Christian Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2023.