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About Us

The vision of Covenanted Praise Mime Ministry (CPMM) is to demonstrate God's love locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

Our mission is to minister to the nations, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ on every occasion, as we bring the art of mime to a greater level of acceptance and appreciation. CPMM will achieve this mission by integrating mime with skits, drama, dance and real-life testimonies into a combined form of worship and praise unto Jesus Christ.

The objectives of CPMM are:

  • To share the message of salvation with all audiences
  • To educate all generations through lively and informative instruction, workshops and training seminars
  • To edify, serve, and support each member of the ministry
  • To participate in activities designed to serve, support and uplift communities

Biography

Covenanted Praise was formally organized on September 6, 2007 with the vision of establishing a ministry of people having a passionate desire to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ and ministering to the nations with anointing, creativity and excellence through the art form of mime.  Comprised of individuals from a diverse mix of Christian denominations, Covenanted Praise ministers at churches, conferences, conventions, community events and musicals with a fervent drive to inspire people toward a closer walk with God and bring mime ministry to a new and fresh level of appreciation and acceptance.

With Vaughn C. Hill as its artistic coordinator, participants are strongly united around the values of love, integrity, dedication, discipline, obedience, humility, teamwork, patience, energy, leadership development and a motivation to praise the Lord.  In addition to rigorous yet fun rehearsals, the group is committed to ministering to the needs of its members and carrying out its mission with full devotion to biblical principles of holiness, personal consecration and lifestyles that are pleasing to God.

How Christian Miming Began

The History of the Creative Expression Mime Ministry.

Mrs. Donna Darwin Ilochi, a born-again Christian of Pittsburgh, PA, was lying on her bed one evening meditating upon a talent she could do for parent’s night at the Temple Christian Academy.  While listening to a gospel tape by Larnell Harris and praying, she saw a vision of a person doing creative movements to a gospel song with a white painted face, flowing black clothing loosely fitting and white gloves.  She also saw a spotlight shining upon the person.

This was the vision for the mime ministry; but not the same as Marcel Marceau, the founder of Miming.  Instead, the Lord showed her a mixture of sign language and mime.  It was similar to a Hawaiian dance, telling a story with your hands.  It was acting out words to songs giving the visual effect.  We have been traditionally preached to and sung to so much, until she saw a need for a different way of communicating the gospel through miming.

After viewing Mrs. Ilochi’s performances during the year of 1982 at Christian Temple Church in Pittsburgh, Rev. John T. Davidson, Jr., who was the Youth Director of Christian Temple Church at the time, caught the miming ministry as a tool of ministry for the members of his youth church.  With the assistance of Marie Jones, Tracey Williams and Dorian Thomas, Rev. Davidson developed a mime ministry, which they later called Creative Expression.

It should be noted that the existing mime ministries, today, in the black churches in the Greater Pittsburgh community, came from the above beginnings.

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The Word and Mime

In the Old Testament, Ezekiel was a prophet who was called to announce God’s judgment on Israel and other nations and to proclaim restoration for God’s people. His preaching was not well received by the Jews who were with him in captivity (Chapter 3) so God gave Ezekiel many methods, illustrations and demonstrations to help get the message across to the Jews, (Chapters 4,5).  Ezekiel acted out most of the methods and did illustrations for Israel.  Israel later became restored again and God renewed the temple and a new Jerusalem (Chapter 40).

Ministering mime is interpreting gospel music, using illustrations and non-verbal methods to allow the congregation to understand what you are doing just like Ezekiel demonstrated in the Old Testament.

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The Millennial King Production

"The Millennial King" was birthed in order to advance the mission and vision of our organization.  This production will recount the biblical story of David by capturing the most memorable parts of his life and comparing his life events to those of Jesus Christ.  The production will involve between 25 and 30 cast members comprised of current CPMM members as well as artists from across the country.

Production for “The Millennial King” will be under the direction of Vaughn Hill and Charice Thomas, President and Vice-President of CPMM, respectively. Vaughn Hill has 21 years experience in professional mime and dance. He is also the founder of a registered student organization at Penn State University where he directed two successful mime productions. Charice Thomas has 14 years experience in professional mime and founded a mime ministry in Fort Riley, Kansas.

This project will recognize local Pittsburgh talent, spanning from elementary youth to adults, giving them an opportunity to build their arts resume, gain theater experience and impact the social well being of the audience.  It will provide opportunities for artists to create, refine, perform and exhibit their work.  Audiences of all ages, races/ethnicities and underserved populations in the Greater Pittsburgh area, particularly among youth and young adults to provide opportunities for individuals to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and activities.

The main benefits achieved from completion of this project are spiritual and emotional. This production will also provide entertainment that has a message of hope. Hope is dynamic, active, directive and life sustaining.  Instilling hope in our city enables us to withstand difficulties and challenges. It is proven that people who are in stable emotional and spiritual states are more productive citizens.
 
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