Guest Artist David Ford At Brainerd Presbyterian On Sunday

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vocal recording artist, David Ford will be the featured soloist at Brainerd Presbyterian Church on Sunday, at the 10:45 a.m. service.  He will narrate “Breath of Heaven,” a Christmas musical composed by Craig Adams.  Mr. Ford will also sing “The Birthday of a King,” accompanied by his wife, Linda Ford.  Mrs. Ford recently retired from the Piano Faculty at Belmont University in Nashville after 32 years of service.
 
David Ford served as the premiere bass soloist on many of the international tours with the famed Robert Shaw Chorale.
In 1962 they made two international tours including the historic US State Department Cultural Exchange tour.  While rehearsing in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg again) they were told, “There is a problem between our government and Cuba.”  The ‘Cuban missile crisis’ brought us to the brink of nuclear World War III.  In 1964 there were two more tours, one of which covered eight South American countries in 10 weeks.
 
Mr. Ford also appeared with Mr. Shaw during his days as associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, and was soloist for the famed Britten “War Requiem” in performances with the Knoxville Symphony, and in the choral workshop held at Westminster Choir College and performances at the Princeton Chapel.
 
A unique accomplishment to David Ford is his accumulation of well over 200 performances of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”  He is regarded in many quarters as the quintessential Elijah.
 
Mr. Ford was a Southern Baptist Minister of Music in Kentucky, Texas and Oklahoma before assuming that position at First Baptist Church in Nashville where he served for 5 years.  He had a lengthy career as a full-time Christian concert artist.  In addition to earlier work in radio and television Mr. Ford has been very active for 30 years as a voice-over professional.  His rich, booming bass voice is used regularly in religious recordings and is often referred to affectionately as “The Voice of God.”
 
Mr. and Mrs. Ford have enjoyed 55 years of marriage.  They have two children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 
Dr. Tom Hammett, music director at Brainerd Presbyterian Church has been a life-long fan of the Robert Shaw Chorale and sang with Maestro Shaw for many years in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  Dr. Hammett said, “I appreciate David and his talent on a personal level, as a Christian brother, as an active professional soloist, and in his role in American Choral Music for over 60 years.  This will be the Ford’s third visit to Brainerd Presbyterian Church and we anxiously await the musical blessing they will provide.”
 
Brainerd Presbyterian Church is at 1624 Jenkins Road, just off of East Brainerd Road, 899-2424.

Children's AWANA Ministry Starts At Middle Cross Baptist

Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road, Hixson, has begun its Awana ministry for children ages 3-17. The Awana program is each Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. Van service is provided by contacting Pastor Ed Gravett at 423-877-5742 . "Awana offers a fun, proven approach for early evangelism and discipleship. Scripture-based programs and exciting games attract families, ... (click for more)

Covenant Hosts Panel By 3 Pastors Discussing Situation In Ferguson, Mo.

This Saturday, in conjunction with the  Leadership Development Resource Weekend  co-hosted by Covenant, a free panel discussion will be offered in Covenant’s chapel with three PCA pastors from St. Louis. These pastors will discuss the long-term response to racial inequality in Ferguson and beyond, as well as how the church has been affected by these events. The panel ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Insurance Burden Should Not Fall On The Teachers

I have attended several Hamilton County School Board meetings over the past few months, including the recent special called meeting" to vote on teacher insurance changes. First, let me say I am very impressed with Superintendent Rick Smith and his staff at the Central Office.  Mr. Smith is a very dedicated public servant, working hard to provide services to our community ... (click for more)