THE ELEVENTH SEASON OF ARTIST SERIES PRESENTATIONS at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lombard, will continue Sunday, February 4, at 3:00 p.m., when the highly acclaimed Gospel Choir from Wheaton College will appear in concert.
The Wheaton College Gospel Choir was formed in 1986 by students who shared a desire to worship God through black Gospel music. Presently the choir features approximately 45 voices. Ranging from various backgrounds and cultures, the students have expanded their campus ministry to include churches, homeless shelters, schools, and prisons in the Chicagoland area. From its inception, the Gospel Choir has been an intentionally diverse choir of women and men praising God.
The Choir performs under the direction of Tanya Egler. who has served in that capacity for 20 years. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she grew up in a singing family that fostered her love for God and music.
The choir’s purpose is to worship and serve God and to spread His good news in song to “the nations.” Through their diversity, the students have seen God bring people to Himself and been able to bridge cultural and spiritual gaps for His glory. Over the years, the choir has also had the opportunity to minister through television and has been able to tour throughout the United States. Choir members believe that God has opened doors that have allowed the choir to minister at Chicago’s Annual Gospel Festival, and alongside national recording artists:
An informal reception with light refreshments will follow the concert, during which audience members may greet the choir members in person. The public is cordially invited to attend the concert and the reception.
ALSO AT THE RECEPTION, the artistic work of photographer Dawn Bertuca will be on display for viewing and purchase. Regarding her work, Bertuca says, “’Finding beautiful in the everyday’ sums up the focus of my work. Through photographs, I hope to bring the viewer’s attention to the beauty that surrounds us, whether in nature or in our urban environments.”
No tickets will be sold for this program; a free-will offering will be received.
St. John’s Lutheran Church is located on the southeast corner of Lincoln and Maple Streets in Lombard. Information about St. John’s Artist Series is available by calling the church office, 630-629-2515.