HUR@HOME Inspiration Pastor Anthony Maclin and Brent Jones

The July 5th edition of HUR@Home Inspiration featured Anthony Maclin, Pastor of The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Prince George’s County and Gospel artist Brent Jones. Anthony Maclin became Pastor of The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in 1986. Under his pastoral leadership, The Sanctuary has grown to more than 3,000 members with 75 active ministries. Gospel Today Magazine lists Pastor Maclin as a “Pastorpreneur” and he was recognized by the 100 Black Men of Washington, DC for Outstanding Leadership in Community Development.

Pastor Maclin talked about The Sanctuary’s drive-in Sunday church services that have been keeping the congregation safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. His Sunday morning sermon was entitled, “Teachable Moments” and used biblical references to how God is shifting his people into new seasons. He originally did not think that celebrating Juneteenth, that commemorates how slaves in Texas were delayed in finding out they were free, was a good idea. However, God revealed to him that the celebration is not in the delay, but in the freedom, just as we celebrate our freedom through God’s grace and not our delay in coming to Him.

Pastor Maclin is working to educate the residents of Price George’s County about an upcoming referendum around property taxes and he emphasized the importance of voting. Pastor Maclin talked with our next guest Brent Jones about preserving the impact of large choirs despite the challenges of COVID 19.

Brent Jones is a singer/songwriter/choir master extraordinaire that is working to release a new choir album in January. His group, Brent Jones and the T.P. Mobb made their recording debut in 1994. Brent also served in the music ministry of Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, MD. He returned to his native state of California and contribute his song “Fear and Faith Can’t Live Together” to the DreamWorks blockbuster film, “Trolls World Tour.”

He also provided choral accompaniment for multiple tracks on Donald Glover’s Childish Gambino album “Awaken My Love.” His song “Open Your Mouth and Say Something” reached number three on the Billboard Gospel chart.