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Bishop Porter has trained and ordained many ministers since 1971. He has consecrated graduates of Bible Colleges since 1985. As Presiding Prelate, he has served on boards to consecrate bishops since 1995. The list includes
BISHOP KENNETH MOALES 1995
BISHOP JAMES HOWELL 1997
BISHOP DWIGHT D. PARRETT 2003
BISHOP E. MCDONALD WORTHAM, as Presiding Prelate 2003
Sarasota Magazine selected the Porters for the 1993 and Summer 2002 Editions: Sarasota 100, Most Powerful People in Sarasota (March 1993 and Summer 2002). The couple is also recorded in the official Video Archives of Sarasota. The national publication, Ebony Man Magazine , national publication, chose him, along with six other African-American men in the nation for its article, "How Black Men Are Giving Back to the Community" (April 1993). Dr. Porter is listed in "Who's Who Among Black Americans", Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and African-American Good News (Gospel) Music. He has received numerous awards, including: commendation from Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, August 1999; Block of 4th Street in downtown Sarasota dedicated to Dr. Henry L. Porter in 2001, and the Governor's Points of Light Award from Governor Jeb Bush in 2002.
In December 2000, Dr. Porter and his group, The HLP Love Campaign®, which he formed in 1986, performed at the White House for the Holiday Festivities. He was inducted into the State of Florida Gospel Hall of Fame, June 27, 2003 (Florida Gospel Announcer's Guild). April 14, 2004, Dr. Porter was inducted into the Sarasota Hall of Fame (Video Archives of the City of Sarasota).
The Henry L. Porter Nursery and Primary School, Takum, Nigeria (named in his honor, 1991), has educated over 1000 students. In 1999, The Henry L. Porter Secondary School opened its doors. Other Westcoast Schools are in Miami and in Titusville. Dr. Porter has been a bishop since 1983.
His brilliant voice lights the sky with gladness. His television show, The Love Campaign®, airing since 1986, can be seen in selected markets. Bishop Porter often appears on the nationally televised Bobby Jones Gospel, and has shared the stage with such great singers as Albertina Walker, Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and the late Cassietta George. He served as panelist for the national broadcast, "Let's Talk Church" filmed in Las Vegas, 2002.
While in Nairobi, Kenya, he ministered to an overflow crowd at the Kenyatta Conference Center. Later, he met and prayed with President Daniel Moi. In Zimbabwe, he and his Westcoast team were personal guests of Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, at his home. (The Honorable Mr. Nkomo is listed in the world's encyclopedias as one of the chief exponents who fought for the liberation of Southern Africa from apartheid). Foreign nationals seek ways to use the "Westcoast" prototype for rescuing their youth. Rich results in Ghana ignited requests for Dr. Porter to open schools in the western region's twin cities Takoradi and Sekondi.
Leading a marriage seminar in Germany for people in the U.S. Army, Dr. Porter conducted a gospel concert with the all-German Nürnberger Gospelchor, and the army choir, (composed of service personnel stationed in Germany). He has led Leadership Conferences in Italy and in Africa; and, educational tours in France, England, and Germany. Dr. Porter had audience on three occasions with Pope John Paul, II at the Vatican in Rome. Other travels include Japan, Hong Kong, Greece, South Africa and Ethiopia.
Dr. Porter has authored numerous books, including several books of poetry; and, is publisher of the Sword of the Spirit Newsletter, Black Action Magazine, Westcoast Magazine and HLP Records. Among his several recordings is seventeen albums including the latest "Keep Making Tracks" in national distribution, and available at Amazon.com, and CD Now.com (Music: Henry Porter). In 2003, The Gospel Awards established The Henry Porter Award, honoring Music that Does More Than Sound Award. In 2004, Andraé Crouch, the world-renown Gospel artist , also honored with Hollywood Star, received The Henry Porter Award. The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the United Negro College Fund, honored him, Feb 2, 2005.
He has been a continuous member of the American Association of University Professors for more than 30 years. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Gospel Music Association. He is also a member of the Yale Club of Sarasota, the Ivy League Club, University Club, and is a Silver Life Member of the NAACP. He holds Life Membership in the Grand Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Dr. Porter is Bishop and Presiding Prelate of the Westcoast Centers, with Global Headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. September, 2004, Dr. Porter was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Akron, Ohio.