IN THE LOOP 05/26/2016


Passionate! Enthusiastic! Dedicated! Only describes Bishop Charles A. Mickens, current Sr. Pastor of Lights of Zion Ministries of Chicago, IL. Bishop Mickens began pastoring in 1998 with an extensive teaching and training process that has continued to empower individuals to live the abundant life of the Kingdom of God.

Bishop Mickens passion for teaching led him to seek out a career in Education at Purdue University, until he was drafted into the United States Army.  The draft only delayed what was the inevitable, as it only motivated him to continue his education at Bishop College, in Dallas Texas where he received his Bachelors Degree in Religion & Philosophy.

Bishop Mickens is dedicated to changing the lives of the people in his community through his Community Outreach Programs (Bounce Back 2 Life). Bounce Back 2 Life was developed to promote a vigorous and growing economy,  by providing a trade school that teaches various trades, high school diplomas, job placement, hot meals each day,  and financial Literacy, just to name a few.  The Community Outreach Programs has reached over 600 individuals, including, ex-offenders, substance abusers, and high school drop outs, to trust in God no matter what the circumstances. Through this program many lives have been changed, families have reunited, and many have been placed in jobs and received their diploma.

Bishop Mickens  is also, Co-Author of the Book, Motion to Defend, Member of the National Pastor’s Network, The Southland Ministers Network, NAACP, Executive Board Member of the FFBC (Funding for the Body of Christ),  and to include, a Board member of BAAP’s, Ambassador’s In Christ.

Bishop Mickens’ ministry uniquely promotes building strong families, reconciliation and redemption, which definitely crosses denominational and social lines. His God given anointing to preach and teach from the word of God has influenced others from all walks of life including his own family, whom he is the proud father to three anointed sons, who are ministers of the gospel and a dedicated wife of 37 years who carries his persona of teaching and spreading the Good News.

His intellectual, scriptural approach, and his intense oratorical style, stimulates the intellect of people on all levels of life....

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Darryl W. Dennard is a face and voice familiar to television viewers and radio listeners everywhere.  As a broadcast journalist with more than two decades experience he’s interviewed everyone from President Barack Obama to Oprah Winfrey to Michael Jackson.

His news anchoring talents are heard on WVAZ’s Steve Harvey Show, and WGRB-AM’s John Hannah Morning Show. His producing and on-camera skills were most recently viewed every week in tens of millions of homes via The Black Enterprise Report (BER), on WGN Cable and Satellite feeds.  Prior to BER he was host/producer of The Minority Business Report for six years, the nation’s longest running television program devoted to minority business.  His news and marketing experience has him in demand as a moderator and public speaker.

Currently he is owner of Double D Productions, Inc. a full service audio/video production company specializing in documentary, corporate and commercial video production.  He produced and directed the award winning documentary “Heading West,” detailing the history of Blacks on the West Side of Chicago; which aired locally on PBS.  Double D Productions has an impressive client list including: Aon/Hewitt Associates, Burrell Communications, Flowers Communications Group, RJ Dale Advertising, CBS News, Dominick’s, Loretto Hospital, SCR Medical Transportation, Safeway and the Archdiocese of Chicago.


TWITTER:  @samjcharles

Sam Charles is a lifelong Chicagoan and native of the Southwest Side. He attended St. Rita High School and stayed in the city to study journalism at Columbia College. For the last three and a half years he has covered crime and breaking news on the evening and overnight shifts for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Despite growing up in White Sox territory, he is a Cubs fan and lives in Lake View.