NEW PASTOR AT ISRAEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST: The Rev. Malcolm Donnell Bacchus was recently installed as presiding pastor of Israel Missionary Baptist Church, 2826 Jackson Ave., New Orleans.

Bacchus began serving the Central City church as associate minister in 2012. He became assistant pastor due to the long-term illness of the Rev. Leo Wyere, who presided over the 96-year-old congregation for 36 years.

He is the son of Jeanette Bacchus and the Rev. Malcolm Collins, who is pastor of Mercy Seat Baptist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward and Pressing Onward Baptist Church Uptown.

Prior to taking his assignment at Israel Missionary Baptist Church, Bacchus served as an associate minister, musician, videographer and junior deacon under the leadership of the Rev. Donald C. Jeanjacques at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church.

Bacchus is married to Keshawna Blanchard-Bacchus and is the father of A’jiane Bacchus and stepfather of Deja Singleton and Donte Emilien.

Israel Missionary Baptist Church is associated with the Ideal Association of Churches. Worship services are held at 8 a.m. on Sundays, and Bible study is held at 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

NOLA GOSPEL AWARDS: Nola Gospel Awards will be held 6 p.m. Saturday at the Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave. Professional Gospel artists from throughout the state will perform and awards will be presented for Gospel rap artist of the year; Gospel radio announcer of the year; Gospel promoter of the year; male and female vocalist of the year; and Gospel producer of the year. For information, visit www.NolaGospelAwards.com.