Joe Pace Interview

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UPDATE: Joe Pace is currently the Pastor of Worship & Arts at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, where I serve as pastor-teacher.

Joe Pace is an award-winning gospel music artist. He has recorded more than ten albums, many with the Colorado Mass Choir. “Stir Up the Gift,” “Shake the Foundation,” “Enter In,” “I Will Bless the Lord At All Times,” and “And We Are Glad,” being just a few of the well-known and often-performed songs he has recorded.

Pace is also an ordained minister and has served as Pastor of Worship, actively participating in overseeing and leading worship and praise in the local church. Emphasizing “Urban Praise,” Pace’s heart is to write and record music for corporate worship on Sunday morning, not to become a celebrated crossover artist.

I am a loving critic of Gospel Music. I listen to it all. But as a pastor, so much of it grieves me, for so many reasons. But I was genuinely surprised and encouraged by the following conversation with Joe Pace about music, worship, and the local church. I found his perspective refreshing. I trust you will to.

Did you find this interview helpful? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

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  • Careta davis

    Pastor H.B. Charles it was very refreshing to watch this interview. I was really blessed. Growing up and still listen to Alvin Slaughter, Helen Baylor ,Ron Keonly just example of real praise and worship and congratulations to Pastor Joe Pace for the great you have started at Shiloh your love and passion for music shows and I am blessed every Sunday and Wednesday. God bless you both

    • http://www.hbcharlesjr.com/ H.B. Charles Jr.

      Thanks for sharing, Careta. I have listened to the same artists over the years. Joe Pace is a great blessing Shiloh!

  • Reginald Belton

    H.B> I went back to watch this interview and i just want to say WOW, it blessed me so much that I’m having my minister of music the band, and praise team all watch this interview it is a must and blessing to you both.

    • http://www.hbcharlesjr.com/ H.B. Charles Jr.

      Reginald, stay tuned for more conversations with Pastor Joe Pace. We plan to do a series of discussions about the relationship between the teaching pastor and worship leader. Should be fun and helpful.

  • Herbert Andrae Beck

    I just watched the entire thing and I wanted to shout during multiple points of this interview. I’ve followed Shiloh for a long time from afar. I’m a preacher who longs to be the best expositor I can be. I learned what expository preaching was as a result of listening to preaching at Shiloh over eight years ago. I’ve also long been a fan of Joe Pace’s music. I’ve served many years as a minister of music for small churches. His music is often accessible for small groups with marginal talent as well as always thoroughly Biblical and worthy of use in worship. The fact that you two are now doing ministry in the same local body blows my mind!

    God bless you and I will enjoy following from afar and sneaking in to worship when I can! WOW!

  • Marc Curtis Little

    Superb interview! Insightful! Pastor Pace is a breath of spiritual air that is refreshing.

    • http://www.hbcharlesjr.com/ H.B. Charles Jr.

      I agree. Thanks Marc.

  • Evan

    God wants worship on HIS terms, not ours. That was very well put, Rev. Charles. We are looking to pop gospel music as our compass for worship, and not the Word of God. He outlined what He expects, and what He doesn’t expect. And since it’s too tedious for today’s Christian to really read the Word, it’s much easier to just pop what we THINK is the Word Of God into our CD players and iPods, and let the ‘artists’ minister the Word TO us. Not realizing that what Joe Pace said was right. Much of the time, those artists are simply trying to hit a target. They’re working for parent companies that have told them what to record, and how many units to sell. We CANNOT rely on these people, (as sincere as many of them are) to feed us the word of God, and be our road map to Worship. If we’re serious about the Word, and sincere in our worship, we can see early on that what’s happening on BET is taking us in the opposite direction of What God has prescribed… Thank you for this interview.

    • http://www.hbcharlesjr.com/ H.B. Charles Jr.

      Thanks for your comments, Evan. Music teaches, for good or evil. And without discipleship and training, local church music leaders can become purveyors of harmful teachings. Likewise, there is a tendency to aim for the wrong target – music chart, rather than corporate worship. I hope this interview starts a conversation about how to take these matters more seriously.

      • Evan

        Bless you. I was looking for where I could email you directly, but if
        you ever get a chance, I’d love to see an interview with Dr. Robert
        Smith and E. Dewey Smith! I’m growing in leaps and bounds, just gleaning
        from the insight in these interviews!