The First Baptist Church of Tipton will host a small group of the Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma in concert on March 10. The SCW will be presenting music that expresses their unity as they present “Soli Deo Gloria” at the free 7 p.m. concert. The concert includes traditional and contemporary arrangements, scripture, and congregational worship. Everyone is welcome to attend this concert sponsored by First Baptist Church of Tipton.
The Singing ChurchWomen (SCW) of Oklahoma is one of the performing groups sponsored in part by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). The group, begun in the fall of 1989 by founding director, James D. Woodward, now numbers nearly 350 active singing members. The phenomenal growth and statewide popularity are due in large part to the leadership and vision of Dr. Bill Green who directed the group from 1991 (following Woodward’s death) until 2009. The group’s next director, Dr. Ken Gabrielse, who now serves as the Dean of Fine Arts at OBU, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the group and focused on a worship service concert, continued by their next director, Bart Morrison. Currently, the group is under the direction of the BGCO State Worship and Music Specialist, Dr. Randy C. Lind, who also conducts the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma.
The SCW has presented the musical gospel in many different states and around the world. They have been on ministry trips to Brazil, Romania, and Hungary. Wherever the ladies sing, their concerts are characterized by great attention to musical detail and the passionate singing of their love for Jesus Christ. The ministry in song is said to be infectious.
These ladies represent music ministries of Southern Baptist churches from all around our great state. Usually, the membership presents two concerts each month during the October through May concert season. Due to size, the choirs split down I-35 to present their concerts. However, once or twice every season, the group is divided into smaller groups to present their music in churches that may not be able to host the larger choirs.