The 2020 Celebrity Judges

The Road to Success starts with an application to audition and a live performance in front of a panel of audition judges. After the panel selects five finalists and two alternates in each division, song selection enters the mix. Each finalist submits three songs for consideration for the Hoosier STAR Song Selection Committee to choose from. After music selections are approved, the singers prepare, the orchestra secures the music and the stage is set for an amazing evening hosted by a Master of Ceremonies along with on-stage commentary from celebrity judges which adds to the excitement of the evening.

Pastor Dewitt Jackson

Superintendent Dewitt L. Jackson Sr. is the Pastor and Founder of the Revival Center Church of God in Christ, in Michigan City, Indiana. Pastordewittjac@yahoo.com

He is married to Sharon L. Blakely-Jackson, has three beautiful children. He attended Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana, where he studied Business Management. For twenty years, Pastor Jackson served as a member of the Indiana Third Jurisdiction in various positions such as: Jurisdictional Missions President, District Superintendent, Chairman of the Soul Winner’s Conference and Administrative Assistant. He is currently serving under the leadership of Bishop B.A. Sanders, prelate of Indiana 2nd Jurisdiction, as an Administrative Assistant. He also serves as an Executive Board member of the International Men’s Department and an Executive member of the Council of Pastors and Elders of the Church of God in Christ. He served as the Vice President of the Michigan City Ministerial Alliance. In October 2004, Pastor Jackson organized a city wide, “March and Youth Rally,” against violence for the youth in the community. The rally was supported by nearly a 1000 people including Mrs. Jackie

Day (from D&J Promotions), Mrs. Christine Johnson (mother of former NBA Star Ervin Magic Johnson), the Mayor of Michigan City and other prominent City Officials. Pastor Jackson also feeds and provides clothing to the needy within the community. Also, he has been involved in a prison outreach ministry. He is the host of “The Revival Center Hour” broadcast on local radio station, WEFM 95.9FM and Facebook live, every Sunday morning from 8:00am-10:00am in Michigan City, Indiana. Supt. Jackson, is a member of the Midwest Music Conference Choir of the Church Of God In Christ which recently released their newest CD project titled “A Pentecost Experience,” which featured the song written by Supt. Jackson titled “Jesus Is Lord”. He is the founder of the Women of Purpose & Power Mass Choir, with the newly released album, featuring the titled song, “Help Me Lift Him Up,” which was written and produced by Pastor Jackson. He is also the founder of the Michigan City Mass Choir. In 2009, Pastor Jackson performed with the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited to the 2006, 2007, and 2010 Gospel Music Stellar Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Pastor Jackson and wife were guest on “Praise the Lord” ministry of TBNTV35 in Ottawa, Illinois, a branch of the Trinity Broadcast Network and were guest on Lesea Broadcasting Network of South Bend, Indiana, where they shared their testimony and music ministry. In November 2010 Pastor Jackson was invited to speak for the 103rd Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ in St. Louis, MO and in May 2017 he was invited to speak for the National Men’s Conference of the Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia, PA. Pastor Jackson is a God-Gifted anointed preacher, singer, songwriter, musician, and gospel recording artist. His goals in life are to reach as many souls for Christ through the word of God and songs.

Philip Potempa

PHILIP POTEMPA is Marketing Director at Theatre at the Center and his Of Notoriety entertainment column and his weekly From the Farm recipe column and other feature stories appear in The Post-Tribune and the Chicago Tribune’s newspaper chain as well as at www.chicagotribune.com. He began covering entertainment in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois for The South Bend Tribune in 1992, before joining The Times of Northwest Indiana and Illinois in 1995 where he worked for two decades as a features writer and daily entertainment newspaper columnist. Audiences also know Philip from his From the Farm stage cooking shows and his NWI charity performance of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. He is author of four published books chronicling stories, interviews, recipes and memories from his personal and professional experiences. In October, he published his fourth book, “Back From the Farm” (2010 Pediment Press) continuing to share with readers his journalism journey while featuring favorite celebrated recollections from his interviews. He is an adjunct instructor in communication at both Valparaiso University and Purdue University Northwest. When not lecturing in a classroom or in a theater seat, Philip divides his time between his family’s farm in Northwest Indiana and his home in Chicago.

Victoria Garrett

Victoria Garrett is currently the Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Music at Bethel University in Mishawaka, In., and has been a faculty member there for over 20 years. Ms. Garrett is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and made her New York solo debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall while a student in graduate school. She has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the New York City Opera (beside Beverly Sills in many productions) and other companies around the United States. Many of Garrett’s students are currently appearing in opera houses and musical theatres across the United States and Europe.