The vision of the music ministry of Grace Cathedral Fellowship Ministries, Inc., Trenton, New Jersey was birthed by the Minister of Music, Jeanne Wilcox-Rawls, the Bishop's daughter. The Mass Choir and the Gospel Chorus came together to form “The Bishop's Choir” in honor of our pastor and founder, Bishop Jerome S. Wilcox. The name of this choir was derived by First Lady, Mae E. Wilcox, who suggested the choir be called “The Bishop's Choir”, as they would minister primarily on pastoral Sundays. The main focus of this church choir is to minister in song to lost souls as the Church's motto so poignantly states...”Christ our message...Souls our mission.” Undoubtedly, “The Bishop's Choir” is one of the most "anointed" and “prolific” church choirs in the greater Trenton and Surrounding areas, whose songs are not only lyrical, soul stirring, energetic and diverse but life changing and evangelistic.
One of the greatest accomplishments of the Bishop's Choir came to fruition on November 13, 1999 when it completed its first “live” recording. The recording was held at the Grace Cathedral Fellowship Ministries, Inc. before a packed house of over 800 Church members, family and supporters. Many had to be turned away as the Cathedral filled to capacity. There was such an atmosphere of expectancy and anointing that it was apparent from the start of the evening that God's divine presence and sanction was on the project. The choir's producer and musical director for the project is D. Corey Shipley who wrote tracks entitled, “Old Time Way”, We Give You The Highest Praise" and “Go Tell It”. Three additional tracks entitled “Worthy To Be Praised”; “Just To Abide” and “He Will Make It Alright” were written by the Minister of Music, Jeanne Wilcox-Rawls.
The “fruit” of the choir's labor was realized on November 11, 2000 when it released its first live CD entitled “Live At The Cathedral” during another highly anointed service filled with praise and worship for what the “Lord” had done in our midst. The Bishop’s Choir recorded their sophomore project on November 22, 2003 entitled, “God Has Been Good To Me” before a “live” audience of over 2000 well-wishers and supporters. The Bishop’s Choir’s second “live” recording took the choir to a new level of ministry, which is currently exhibited as they now minister throughout the country.
Now releasing their third album entitled “Trust Him”, the Bishop’s Choir is causing a shift in the Kingdom of God with hits such as “LOVE”, “Heaven”, and the album title “Trust Him” The Bishop's Choir has been blessed to minister not only locally but also throughout the country. In the past year, the choir has embarked on a broader area of ministry by coming together in ministry with other cultures. This “coming together” has enhanced the racial harmony in our surrounding communities as orchestrated by Bishop Jerome S. Wilcox and is currently the “heartbeat” of the outreach ministry.
The “Bishop's Choir” is positioned and ready to become a “driving force" in the return of “church choirs" and "church ministry” in this end-time, exciting and inspirational move of God in the ministry of music.