Luther College extends invitation to Gospel Sunday service: Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero to lead service

Luther College Ministries will host its annual Gospel Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

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

The guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero, director of the Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Two Luther choirs will provide music for the service: Cathedral Choir directed by Jennaya Robison, Luther assistant professor of music, and Gospel Choir, directed by Sam Simataa, Luther class of 2013, and Brendon Adams, guest director.

Gospel Choir is a non-audition choir sponsored by College Ministries and Diversity Center. The group sings contemporary, traditional and global gospel music.

Stewart Pero completed her Ph.D. in New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2010 and became the first African-American Lutheran woman to earn that degree.

In 1980 she became the second African-American woman ordained in the Lutheran Church in America. After briefly serving on the staff of the LCA, Stewart Pero served parishes in Chicago, worked in campus ministry for 12 years, and served as Lutheran School of Theology's Pastor to the Community.

Stewart Pero currently serves as director of the Conference of International Black Lutherans, an organization that brings together Black Lutherans from around the world for theological discussion and dialogue, develops contextualized theological education programs and works to facilitate the spiritual and physical liberation of all people.