Choir director, Tom Woodall, who is well known to the Charleston community as the founding director of the Coles County Barbershop Chorus, will again be leading the Charleston First Baptist Choir this Christmas. This year’s musical tribute to the Christmas season is “The Name of Jesus” by Mike Speck. If you’re unfamiliar with the Specks, here’s a little bit about them:
For more than thirty-five years, Mike and Faye Speck have been singing and ministering to the body of Christ. Over 2000 churches, large and small, of various denominations have personally experienced their compelling presentation of the gospel. As an ordained minister and former pastor, Mike has a deep love for the local church. He has served on the staff of six different churches throughout Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Virginia; most recently serving as minister of music for the late Dr. Jerry Falwell at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia. (1999-2000) During the eighties and nineties, as a result of their city wide evangelistic crusades, Mike and Faye began writing and arranging music for church choirs. Today, thousands of churches regularly use their choral collections. They have arranged and compiled twenty-three different choral books. Twelve of these collections are published by Word Music, of which many are the top sellers for their company. They are currently partnered with Lillenas Music, a subsidiary of the Nazarene Publishing House and have continued to be one of the top sellers in the choral music industry. Mike and Faye make their home in Lebanon, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. Over the years, The Specks have had the privilege of traveling with many different vocalists as part of the Mike Speck Ministries team. These personalities and varied life experiences have given a refreshing and unique style to their concert appearances. Involving the congregation, while utilizing the church choir and church musicians, The Specks offer an opportunity for those attending to be blessed and join in worship.
Join us on Sunday, December 9th in our regular, 10 am worship service to hear this beautiful cantata, featuring the adult and children’s choirs.