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FBCG – Worship Center
600 Watkins Park Dr.,
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Show Times

Saturday

Dec. 8th & 15th

12pm | 6:30pm
Sunday

Dec. 9th & 16th

6:30pm

Doors open one hour early for the fabulous Bethlehem marketplace, with live animals, biblical characters, activities, giveaways and more!

About The Producers

Written & Directed by Joshua Jenkins & Co-Directed & Original Music by Anthony Brown

Description

Everyone has a story….everyone plays a role. God uses everyone to birth miracles – even YOU. The Uncut Coming of Christ will enlighten all about the birth of Christ with a unique modern-day twist through electrifying songs and dance.

This highly regarded Christmas production is celebrating 10 years! If you think you've seen Uncut in the past, this year's production will wow audiences as we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Each weekend different award-winning gospel artists will be featured along with a newly designed set and state-of-the-art lighting. This timeless story, set more than 2,000 years ago, captures the birth of Christ and brings the town of Bethlehem to life. This free musical extravaganza displays the story of God's redeeming love, told through comedy, dance and profound original songs.

Be sure to arrive one hour before the play to experience all the sights, sounds and smells. Visitors to the FBCG Worship Center are transported through time upon entering the Great Halls, which have been transformed into the Bethlehem marketplace for our fabulous pre-show production. Shepherds, Roman soldiers and regular townspeople will serve as your guide through the "city streets," where you'll see vendors, wares and much more!

In Galilee, a virgin named Mary was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. An angel visited Mary one night and said she would be impregnated by the Holy Spirit, give birth to a son and name him Jesus. Mary couldn’t believe it, asking the angel, “How can this be?” The angel told her “Nothing is impossible with God.” The Uncut Coming of Christ puts a modern-day twist on these biblical events, bringing the timeless love story to life with vigor and vitality.

You’ll witness the love and respect between Mary and her fiancé, Joseph, who was less than thrilled at first when he learned his bride-to-be was with child. You’ll also see the Holy Spirit’s power and presence in their lives. With an abundance of original scores, The Uncut Coming of Christ takes the audience on a dramatic, fantastical journey through the streets of Bethlehem!

Info

Is it suitable for children?

Yes, the play and marketplace are suitable for all ages! In fact, this is a great way to share the gift of Jesus with your family, friends and co-workers this Christmas.

Lost & Found

The Ministry Support Office is the central hub during the play, should you get separated from a child or lose an item

Parking

All parking is free and on a first come basis. Therefore, we suggest you arrive early for this event. NOTE: Buses will be designated to a specific parking area.

Deaf Interpretation

The Deaf Ministry will be interpreting The Uncut Coming of Christ for ALL SHOWS.

Shuttle

FBCG will be providing shuttles to The Uncut Coming of Christ performances at the Largo Town Center and New Carrollton Metro stations and the Bowie Seniors Center. See below for complete schedule information.

NOTE: Shuttles will return guests to their respective location 30 minutes after the play concludes

Sat, Dec. 8th & 15th

Noon performance

11 a.m. - FBCG Shuttle departs: Largo Town Center Metro

11 a.m. - FBCG Shuttle departs: New Carrollton Metro

11 a.m. - FBCG Shuttle departs: Bowie Seniors Center

Sat, Dec. 8th & 15th

6:30 p.m. performance

5 p.m. - FBCG Shuttle departs: Largo Town Center Metro

5 p.m. - FBCG Shuttle departs: New Carrollton Metro

Sun, Dec. 9th & 16th

6:30 p.m. performance

5:30 p.m. - FBCG Shuttle departs: Largo Town Center Metro

5:30 p.m. - FBCG Shuttle departs: New Carrollton Metro

Sponsors

Interested in promoting your business? Please contact marketing@fbcglenarden.org for sponsorship information.

Joshua Jenkins

Writer & Director

Joshua serves as director of First Baptist Church of Glenarden's Drama Ministry and Young Adult Ministry. He is a graduate of Bowie State University, with a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Theater. Joshua is a former officer of the Prince Georges County Police Department where he served for 7 years and has been making his wave as a playwright, director, spoken word artist and preacher for the last thirteen years.

He has worked with and directed with many icons in the gospel realm such as Kim Burrell, Isaac Carree, AnayshaFigueroa-Cooper, Sheri Jones-Moffett, The Walls Group, Anthony Brown, Y’anna Crawley, Tasha Cobbs and many other notable artists. Additionally, his work has also been featured on the Gospel music show Stellar Awards and across the country.

As a social-entrepreneur, Jenkins is a motivational speaker committed to empowering people through creative arts. He is married to his beautiful wife Danielle.

Anthony Brown

Co-Director & Original Music

A considerable music prodigy, Anthony Brown began playing the piano at the very young age of three years old. Since that age, Brown has honed his gifts to become an unparalleled talent, music influencer and gifted songwriter.

Over the last few years, Brown has steadily strengthened his brand in Gospel music. As a go-to songwriter and vocal arranger, Brown broke through when he penned Maurette Brown-Clark’s #1 Billboard song, It Ain’t Over. Since that time, Brown has gone on to write and produce several more songs for Brown-Clark and a bevy of other artists.

While Anthony Brown has solidified himself as a creative force in Gospel music, as a vocal director, producer, songwriter, worship leader and singer, Brown’s endless attributes belie his humble approach to music.

Brown emerged as a top artist when he released his self-titled debut album in 2012. The album earned a Dove Award Nomination for Best Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year, along with 11 Stellar Award Nominations, where he won two Stellar’s for Best Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year and Best Group Duo of the Year. The freshman project was propelled by his first Number 1 song, Testimony, which was named by Billboard Magazine as the longest running Top 10 Gospel Radio Single in 2013.

Proving he was more than a flash in the pan, Brown released his second album, Everyday Jesus, in 2015 which earned him his first Grammy Award nomination, 3 Billboard Music Award nominations and multiple Stellar Award trophies. Sweeping the 2016 Stellar Awards, Brown walked away with an unprecedented 10 awards! The most won by any artist in one year. The massive single Worth, has taken the world by storm and was the Number 1 Gospel single for over 27 weeks, as well as was the best-selling gospel digital single for weeks.

Brown and his longtime ensemble, group therAPy, have been featured on national platforms including Essence Festival, Bishop TD Jakes’ Megafest, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and more. Brown continues to serve as the Assistant Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden where John K. Jenkins Senior is Pastor.

Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper

Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper is no stranger to music or it's ever evolving universe. The second born of Bishop Eric and Lady Doreen Figueroa, Anaysha began singing at the age of 2 and spent her early years growing spiritually and musically in her father’s church and various community choirs. At the age of 8, Anaysha was cast as "Little Doris" in the popular Off-Broadway play Mama, I Want To Sing Part II. By age 11, she caught the attention of music producer Marc Shaiman and was cast in the role of "Kimberly Denise Jackson" in the movie Life with Mickey starring Michael J. Fox.

Anaysha’s work in Life with Mickey was the start of an extensive musical journey. For the past 12 years, Anaysha has recorded, traveled, and performed with international recording artist Kirk Franklin as a featured singer. You can hear her distinguished vocals on the platinum selling, multi- award winning albums Hero, The Fight of My Life, and Hello Fear. In 2013, Anaysha covered the gospel classic “Holy One” by Tramaine Hawkins at the 2013 BMI Trailblazers Awards. The following year, her rendition of “Holy One” was nominated for Traditional Gospel Song of The Year at the 2014 GMA Dove Awards.

In addition to her work with Kirk Franklin, Anaysha has also worked alongside some of music’s leading voices including Alicia Keys, John Legend, John Mayer, Kim Burrell, Ledesi, Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin, John P. Kee, Marvin Sapp, James Fortune, Fred Hammond, the late Whitney Houston and the list goes on and on.

Anaysha is married to her best friend of the past 25 years, Christopher Cooper. They are the proud parents of Christopher Jr and Avrie Christina. She strongly believes the key to true success and happiness is a compelling love for God and his people. She strongly encourages all that inquire about her accomplishments to live by Psalms 37:4 "Delight thyself also in the lord and he shall give thee the desires of your heart.

Capria McClearn

Capria McClearn is an emerging Gospel Artist in the Washington, DC area, who realizes that God has given her a gift of music to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Whether Capria sings before thousands or a few, her ultimate desire is that they will not see her but have an encounter with God that will cause them to have a life changing experience.

Capria currently serves as Minister of Music and Arts at The Master's Child Church Worship Center in Maryland, under the leadership of Bishop Melvin Robinson Jr. Capria is passionate about serving in music ministry, developing and cultivating the God given gifts of those she serves, and most importantly, leading by example as a Christian and worshipper.

In addition to serving in her local church, Capria lends her gift on other platforms, such as leading/supporting roles in stage plays and musical productions featuring renowned artist like Erica Campbell, Marvin Sapp, Shirley Murdock and many others. Capria also sings and lead with DC's own Gospel artist JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise and Charles Butler & Trinity. Capria was blessed to be a background vocalist for the entire first season of BET's "Joyful Noise" hosted by Tye Tribbett. Capria released her first single "Emmanuel" in 2012 and soon to work on her debut album.

Though her love for music is strong, her greatest love after God is her husband Sam Sr., and their two children, Christina and Sam Jr. Being a wife and mother is her greatest joy! Her favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Lakisha Shavonn Goldsberry

Lakisha Shavonn Goldsberry is a native Washingtonian where she still currently resides. She was well established in education in Washington, DC. As a child growing up, her humble beginnings began with her grandmother at Mt. Calvary Way of the Cross church where she was baptized. It was at Mt. Calvary that she discovered she had the gift of song at the tender age of four. By the age of eleven, Lakisha had discovered her life’s passion; singing!!

In September 1994, she became part of the internationally acclaimed Eastern High School Choir under the esteemed direction of Dr. Joyce Garrett. Under Dr. Garrett's teaching, she was trained in various styles of music and has been blessed to perform with an immeasurable list of legendary artists from every genre of music. As both student and alumni she has toured and traveled nationally and abroad, performed for three presidents (Cinton/Bush/Obama) and two Popes, performed on several major television networks and has graced the platform with such prestigious talents such as: Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Brian McKnight, Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Usher, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight, Michael Bolton, Yolanda Adams, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera, Aaliyah, Denyce Graves, Josh Groban, Bruce Springsteen, Rascal Flats, Barry Manilow, Bon Jovi, etc. Lakisha knew this was her calling of God and after high school, God birthed a new chapter in her life.

In 2001 Lakisha became a founding member of the gospel group known as "EXTOL". They served as one of the DMV'S most celebrated music ministries for 13 years and performed stellar background vocals for gospel greats such as: Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Twinkie Clark, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kim Burrell, Kathy Talyor-Brown, Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), Beverly Crawford, BeBe Winans, Crystal Aiken, Jessica Reedy, LeAndria Johnson, and Donald Lawrence to name a few.

From 2008-2010 she participated in the How Sweet the Sound Competition with her church choir where they won First Place for Small Choir Category and People's Choice Award. They were (and still are) the smallest choir in the history of the competition to win the Regional rounds and go to the Grand Finale.

A list of Lakisha’s other accomplishments include:

-Performed background vocals for the live recordings of Min. Steven Hurd (Times of Refreshing 2008/ O that Man Would Worship 2012)
-Performed background vocals and the lead on the title cut from Patrick Lundy & MOM live album ("In the Fellowship")(2005)
-Performed the Debut Single and Title cut "Don't Let Go" by G. Scott & Co. (2010)
-Performed background vocals for the debut album of Anthony Brown & Group Therapy (Testimony) (2012)
-Performed background vocals for latest album of Evangelist Dorothy Norwood (Incredible Journey) (2013)
-Performed background vocals for the live recording of Duawne Starling (Deeper Faith) ( 2014)
-Was an original member of the Harlem Gospel Choir (DC Chapter) (6 years)
Though her accomplishments are many, Lakisha considers her greatest accomplishment to be rededicating her life to Jesus Christ. In 2003, she became a member of the Southern Baptist Church Praise & Worship Center, under the leadership of Bishop Charles H. Doom, Jr . She currently serves as a praise team member, choir member, Kharisma Children's Choir director, Youth and Young adult choir director, Sunday School teacher, and is co-assistant of the Joshua youth and young adult ministry Her favorite scripture is Rom 8:28 (“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”). She maintains that "she's just a small and imperfect vessel being used to bring glory to a GREAT and MIGHTY God"!

Darrel Walls

The history of American Urban music is sprinkled with notable young talented singing groups and bands. From the Jackson 5 to The Clark Sisters, brothers and sisters banning their musical talents together have kept generations of music lovers entertained and captivated of the fantasy-like life of family entertainers. There is a new generation of gifted kinfolk and the word on The Walls Group is spreading quickly throughout Gospel and Christian music. From deep in the heart of Texas comes The Walls Group. Darrel, Rhea, Paco and Ahjah are the singing four of eight children born to Roger and Alicia Walls. With musically inclined parents, these kids could not escape the melodies and harmonies that coursed throughout the household and seeped into their souls.

Darrel, Rhea, Paco and Ahjah are on a fast track to music notoriety, but under the watchful eye and firm hands of parents who have instilled the Word of God into them. Ministry is the heart of The Walls Group and singing is the vessel in which to tell of the good news. Their youthful voices stand toe to toe with some of the leading gospel artist today. Worship, contemporary gospel and a blend of urban pop comes alive with their charming charisma and stage presence.

The Walls Group is incredibly talented but remain grounded in family values and dedicated to ministry. They love spending time with their granny, Bayonne Moody and are always listening to music by their favorites Kim Burrell, Kiki Sheard, The Soul Seekers, Mary Mary, and Dorinda Clark- Cole. They are just an ordinary bunch of kids, living a pretty ordinary life, but are aspiring to do extraordinary things.

The Walls Group is made up of four of eight children, born to Roger and Alicia Walls. Being the children of two musicians, these kids could not escape the inevitable. Music has resounded within the walls of the Walls household for years.

The Walls’ love spending time with their granny, Bayonne Moody. They love listening to Kim Burrell, Kiki Sheard, The Soul Seekers, Mary Mary, and they love Dorinda Clark- Cole. They are just an ordinary bunch of kids, living a pretty ordinary life, aspiring to do extra-ordinary things in the future.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Vision. Humility. Grace. Tasha Cobbs Leonard, a Grammy and Billboard Award winning artist, is a businesswoman who wears many hats. As a Gospel Recording Artist, she has spent the last decade traveling the world sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with the masses. Singing since the young age of four, Tasha grew up in her father’s church, crafting her musical skills and honing her gift in the small town of Jesup, Georgia where everybody knows your name. Relocating to Atlanta, she released the hit song, Break Every Chain, to an unexpected and overwhelming positive response from millions of people with whom the song resonated. Subsequently, she released the projects Grace and Heart, Passion, Pursuit, the latter of which debuted as the most streamed Gospel album in history. Songs from her albums have been featured on television shows including Dancing With the Stars, The Four on Fox, and her performance on Good Morning America.

As a mentor, Tasha created iLead, a global ministry that allows her to connect with over 2,000 worship leaders and pastors via monthly calls to share tips and give sound advice that faith leaders may use in their respective ministries around the world. From the iLead calls, Tasha established The iLead Escape, a conference developed to bring together the spiritual and mental components of leading in a fun, stress-free environment that allows for growth amongst a community of leaders who are often called upon to give to others, rarely finding time to receive care for themselves.

As an entrepreneur, Tasha crafts and promotes her own tours, always being intentional in sharing her platform with other gospel artists. She creates her merchandise, including inspirational t-shirts, coffee mugs, book bags and more. Most recently, she launched an eyewear brand, Fritz by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, as a tribute to her late father, Bishop Fritz Cobbs, whose life motto was “Love Everybody”. Her hope with the eyewear line is that people will choose to see others out of the lens of love. Tasha is the author of Worship 101: Back To Basics and the new release, Thoughts From Tasha’s Couch.

As a humanitarian, Tasha is a vocal Mental Health advocate, being highlighted in Essence Magazine for using her platform to dismantle the stigma of mental health challenges in Black and Faith communities. Last year, she made an impact on Haiti’s needs after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the country by planning a fundraising concert featuring all of her gospel artist friends. The concert raised thousands of dollars, non-perishable goods, and medical supplies for Project Medishare, a vetted non-profit organization with offices in Miami and Haiti. She also partnered with Global Citizen, performing with Common at their annual fundraising and awareness concert to help in a $1 Billion campaign to eradicate poverty in developing nations around the world.

Married to producer Kenneth Leonard, Tasha continues to serve her gifts to the world with vision, humility, and much grace.