Luther College extends invitation to Gospel Sunday service

Feb. 8, 2012

Luther College Ministries will host its annual Gospel Sunday worship service Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

The college extends an invitation to the community to attend the service.

Guest preacher will be the Rev. Lawrence Williams, Luther professor emeritus of Africana studies.

Luther's Cathedral Choir, directed by Sandra Peter, Luther associate professor of music, and Luther's Gospel Choir, directed by Brendon Adams, will provide music for the service. Adams works with New Hope Ministries and music ministries in South Africa, which led to his work serving as Luther's Gospel Choir director since fall 2009.

The Gospel Choir will be joined by 29:11, a ministry of musicians from South Africa and the U.S. coordinated by Brendon Adams. 

Williams taught at Luther from 1985-2010, where he taught Africana studies, history and Paideia courses.

Williams is a nationally recognized authority on the black church and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, in which he participated and worked with many important leaders of the movement. He is the author of numerous monographs, articles and book chapters on the role of the black church in the civil rights struggle.

Williams holds the bachelor's degree from Kentucky State University, the master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the master's and doctoral degrees in American studies from The University of Iowa.

Following his retirement in 2010, Williams and his wife, Queen, moved to Louisville, Ky. 

29:11 draws their name from God's promise in Jeremiah 29:11, "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." 

The group's visit to Decorah is coordinated by Brendon and Gaylene Adams and hosted through the Christian Life Center and Luther College.

29:11 will also offer an evening concert in Marty's Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.