ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood and the College Concert Choir will share their faith with three West Virginia churches throughout the coming months. The Choir will perform several selections and Wood will deliver the sermon at the 11 a.m. February 25 service at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins, the 10:30 a.m. April 22 service at the First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg and the 10:55 a.m. April 29 service at the Beckley Presbyterian Church.
Wood, a native of Huntington, West Virginia, is an ordained United Methodist minister. His sermon for the Elkins service is titled “Stay in the Boat!”
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 "Unspoken Praise" by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin; "Great Are You Lord" by Jason Ingram, David Leonard, Leslie Jordan and arranged by Heather Sorenson; "Order My Steps" by Glenn Burleigh; "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen; and "We Believe" by Heather Sorenson.
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; Patrick Christ of Hydes, Maryland; Jennifer Digman of Elkins; Tiffany Dodd of Petersburg, West Virginia; Madison Elliot of New Creek, West Virginia; Robert Fields of Pecks Mill, West Virginia; Denise Folley of Charlottesville, Virginia; Nathaniel Fornash of Huntington, West Virginia; Clay Friel of Hillsboro, West Virginia; Megan Huffnagel of Elkins; Emilie Johns of Philippi, West Virginia; Madeline Lessner of Waldorf, Maryland; Lauren Lunemann of New Milton, West Virginia; Kailah Martin of White Plains, Maryland; Sheena McAllister of Inglewood, California; Shannen McClure of Marlinton, West Virginia; Emma McDougal of Elkins; Stewart McGraw of Hinton, West Virginia; Hope Roy of Parsons, West Virginia; Jamey Perrine of Rock Cave, West Virginia; Hannah Shiflett of Beverly, West Virginia; MacKinzie Smith of Renick, West Virginia; Joshua Thompson of Parsons, West Virginia; Megan Walters of Charmco, West Virginia; Emma Watson of Beverly, West Virginia; and Matthew Weintraub of Lewisburg, West Virginia.
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.