ATLANTA (BP)–The 2000 Southern Baptist Church Music Conference will be held June 8-10 at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Robert Weber, one of the nation’s leading speakers on worship music, will be the featured lecturer during the conference. Weber is the author of a series of books called, “Music and the Arts in Christian Worship.” He will speak Saturday, June 10 beginning at 8:45 a.m.
David Sapp, pastor of Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, will also be featured as a speaker and devotional leader.
This year’s conference theme, “Jesus is the Song,” is taken from the text of Hebrews 13:8, according to the conference’s vice president, Jane Martin, Wieuca Road’s associate minister of music.
The Grammy-nominated Centurymen will headline the groups performing at this year’s conference. The Centurymen are directed by Buryl Red and will perform Friday, June 9.
Among the other performers at this year’s conference are Sons of Jubel, from Georgia; Viewmont Bell Choir, from Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory, N.C.; senior adult choir from First Baptist Church, Clinton, Miss.; South Carolina Honor Children’s Choir; South Carolina Younger Youth Singers; Carol McClure, harpist; Circle of Faith vocal ensemble; Max Lyle, pianist; and Al Washburn, organist.
Composers Mark Patterson, Joseph Martin, Pepper Choplin and Donna Jo Butler are also scheduled to make appearances at this year’s conference during a multi-publisher reading session.
The 160 members of Wieuca Road’s music ministry will present a concert on Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. The choir and wind ensemble will perform the commissioned anthem for this year’s conference, “Jesus is the Song,” composed by Patti Drennan.
Other activities include a season of prayer for state music workers, a dinner honoring past presidents of the conference and the presentation of the annual W. Hines Sims Award. This year’s recipient for his contributions to church music is Phil Landgrave, a composer who has served on the faculty of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. The award is given to an outstanding Southern Baptist musician.
The president of the conference is Bill Roper, minister of music at First Baptist Church, Montgomery, Ala.
To register online, contact, www.SBCMC.org or mail a check to SBCMC, CNC-Box 71934, Jefferson City, TN 37760.
Martin said additional information about the conference can be found on the conference’s website.