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 at the 11 a.m. February 23 service at Opequon Presbyterian Church in Winchester, Virginia. The Choir will perform several selections, Vial will serve as liturgist and Wood will deliver the sermon.
Wood, a native of Huntington, West Virginia, is an ordained United Methodist minister. His sermon for the service is titled “Love Bears All Things,” based on Luke 15:11-24.
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 region,” 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 “Blessed Be Your Name” by Joel Raney; “Living Hope” by Joseph Martin; “Who You Say I Am” by Morgan and Fielding; “Amazing Grace – My Chains are Gone” by Newton, Tomlin and Giglio; 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; Emily Bell of Coal City, West Virginia; Sarah Bodkins of Coalton, West Virginia; Destiny Brown of Elkins; Seth Croston of Philippi, West Virginia; Cassiday Eash of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Robert Fields of Pecks Mill, West Virginia; Jennifer Harmon of Elkins; Megan Huffnagel of Elkins; Lavania Lemasters of Stonewood, West Virginia; Lauren Lunemann of New Milton, West Virginia; Christian Paugh of Clarksburg, West Virginia; Sierra Petry of Charleston, West Virginia; Aliyah Plum of Elkins; Alexander Pritt of Elkins; Molly Prutsok of Summersville, West Virginia; Anna Ruf of Belington, West Virginia; Lilliana Sigley of Elkins; Autumn Simon of Milton, Florida; Emily Tedesco of Reisterstown, Maryland; Jessica Walton of Dunmore, West Virginia; Emma Watson of Beverly, West Virginia; and Matthew Weintraub of Lewisburg, West Virginia.