‘He’s still standing’

Bill Pratt, right, poses with Pastor Alice M. Mitchell following the celebration in his honor.

‘He’s still standing’
December 01
04:45 2016

Local church honors gospel singer Bill Pratt and the Gospel Crusaders

Photo by Timothy Ramsey



Winston-Salem’s own Bill Pratt and the Gospel Crusaders received a special honor on Sunday, Nov. 27. Longtime member Harold “Sarge” Chadwick also was honored by Life Changing Transformation Church Ministries.

Alice M. Mitchell, senior pastor of Life Changing Transformation Church, said she has seen many legends from the city of Winston-Salem who have done great work but never receive the recognition they properly deserve.

“Sometimes people just want to hear you say ‘thank you’ or ‘I appreciate you’ and the legend this man has carried throughout the city is so inspiring,” said Mitchell.  “It’s not many gospel groups from the old days still here but he’s still standing.”

Mitchell went on to say she was very pleased for such a large turnout for this occasion.  She said it’s good to know that someone else out there is thinking about Mr. Pratt besides herself.  Pratt and Mitchell have known one another for well over 20 years and felt this day was a long time coming.

The service included a brief history of Pratt and Chadwick followed by selections from individuals and the Phillips Chapel Baptist Church men’s chorus.  A love offering was taken up and presented to Mr. and Mrs. Pratt.

The night was concluded by Pratt and the Gospel Crusaders, who performed a few selections and brought the house down.  Pratt was thankful for the service and says he is honored each and every time he has the chance to perform for people.

Pratt says he started his band while working at Parkland High school back in 1970 and it developed from there.  He says the students took up a collection and helped him purchase a guitar and amplifier.  He says he is the last living member of his original group and will perform as long as he is able.

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