CHRISTCENTRIC is a collection of ministers, gifted in the art of hip-hop, and called by God to passionately preach, teach, and defend the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. CHRISTCENTRIC is distinct in that they purpose not to entertain but to minister—and this primarily to professing believers within the hip-hop culture. Coming to help “spur (the saints) on toward love and good deeds” and ground them in sound doctrine—they seek to dynamically impact the lives of believers for the building of God’s Kingdom. Through “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs”—they powerfully bring the mercies of God in full view—calling saints to greater commitment to Christ and unbelievers into a right relationship with God.
The ultimate aim of CHRISTCENTRIC is simply to bring glory to the mighty name of Jesus Christ. So that—first in their lives and then the lives of their hearers—at all times and in all things—Jesus Christ “might have the preeminence”.
CHRISTCENTRIC, headquartered in Germantown, MD (a suburb of Washington, D.C.), began in the mind and prayers of Evangel and Q-D.O.G. in 1996. Growing up in the hip-hop culture and loving to rhyme they both aspired to one day become professional hip-hop artists. While separately on their quests in the world to make it in the hip-hop industry—each of them on a path of prodigal living—God took hold of their lives, brought them together, and changed their vision. Seeking to now use their lyrical gifts to build the Kingdom of God—there was only one thing they lacked—a producer. They began to pray. God placed on their heart The Apologist who was a close friend and formerly Evangel’s producer in his worldly hip-hop endeavors. Evangel and Q began to pray fervently for his repentance and faith in Christ. God powerfully answered their prayers and in 1997 Will got saved! More than that, he joined with a great fervor and zeal for the LORD, specifically, to do something with his gifts in hip-hop! Thus, the three began to pray and in 1998 CHRISTCENTRIC was born! Endeavoring only to build the Kingdom of God for His glory and not “blow-up” for their own—they committed to using their spiritual gifts to proclaim the greatness of God and truths of His word through hip-hop and to patiently allow God to build the ministry.