ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood, the College Concert Choir and Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement: Foundation and Church Relations Tina Vial will share their faith with the First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont this Sunday. The Choir will perform several selections, Vial will serve as liturgist and Wood will deliver the sermon at the 10:30 a.m. April 28 service.
Wood, a native of Huntington, West Virginia, is an ordained United Methodist minister. His sermon for the services is titled “Meeting Jesus Along the Way,” based on Luke 24:13-35.
Prior to being named D&E’s 15th president in 2016, Wood served as vice president for advancement at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Before serving at Wesley College, Wood was vice president for advancement at the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina. During a 13-year period, he served several United Methodist pastorates in Illinois and Maryland, and later as the executive and program director of Mission West Virginia Inc.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to travel with the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir to lead worship in congregations across our state,” Wood said. “These young men and women are wonderful representatives of the talented and passionate students at D&E. As an institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we celebrate our Judeo-Christian heritage and its influence upon the values of the College.”
The Choir will perform “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Newton, Tomlin and Giglio; “Great Are You Lord with How Great Thou Art” by Heather Sorenson; “Voice of Truth” by Mark Hall and Steven Curtis Chapman; “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman; and “What a Beautiful Name” by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood.
Under the direction of Liz Marshall-MacVean and accompanied by Donna Baroudi Huffman, the choir’s repertoire also includes a secular set of music for non-sacred choral events.
Members are: Megan Augustine of Dallas, Georgia; Destiny Brown of Elkins; Vanessa Collette of Beverly; Jennifer Digman of Elkins; Robert Fields of Pecks Mill; Nathaniel Fornash of Huntington; Alexander Foster of Boyes, Maryland; Trevor Gauckler of Charles Town; Megan Huffnagel of Elkins; Casey King of Williamson; Lauren Lunemann of New Milton; Emma McDougal of Elkins; Jamey Perrine of Rock Cave; Sierra Petry of Charleston; Hope Roy of Parsons; Tobias Sears of Crab Orchard; MacKinzie Smith of Renick; Alessandro Trujillo of Woodbridge, Virginia; Emma Watson of Beverly; and Matthew Weintraub of Lewisburg.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.