Gospel worship service to be held Feb. 21

Feb. 9, 2010

Luther College Ministries will host a Gospel Worship Service on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

Luther College Ministries invites the community to attend the open service. The Rev. Samuel W. Hale, Jr., pastor of the historic Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Springfield, Ill., will officiate the service. Music will include performances by the Luther South Africa and Namibia Choir under the direction of Timothy Peter and Gregory Peterson and Luther’s Gospel Choir, led by visiting director Brendon Adams.

Luther’s annual Gospel Worship Service has been held in conjunction with the Midwest Black History Month Conference for the past six years. This year the conference will be held at Luther on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The Gospel Worship Service celebrates Black History Month and the contributions of African Americans to the U.S. The event is an exuberant and motivating Christian worship service in the tradition of the black church in America.

Rev. Hale is the author of four books, including “The First Century Mission and the Twenty-First Century Church.” 

A graduate of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn., he holds the master of divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Hale has served in many pastoral, ministerial, and leadership positions across the country, including serving as the dean of chapel and director of religious activities at Talladega College in Talladega, Ala. and past president and dean of the Wood River Baptist District Association Congress.