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The Clerical Collar-Wearing Pastor Who Planted a Church at Age 77

Pastor Dick Ogle

By Carl Stagner

Dick Ogle’s preferred daily dress is clerical attire—characteristic among some denominations, but certainly not common in the Church of God. Funerals are one of his primary methods of outreach—unusual, but surprisingly potent. Perhaps the most unconventional thing about this eighty-eight-year-old pastor is that he came out of retirement at age seventy-seven to plant a church in Hoisington, Kansas. Today, First Street Church of God is a healthy, growing, multi-ethnic congregation that proclaims the gospel with boldness, and sings straight out of the hymnal. Continue reading

Convention 2017 Worship Pastor a Product of Church, Family Heritage

Photo: George Skramstad (left) on the violin.

By Carl Stagner

Church of God heritage is in his bones. Music flows in his veins. George R. Skramstad is third-generation Church of God and the product of a family steeped in classical, folk, and church music. He started playing piano at the age of three, and at the age of eleven he picked up the violin. Over the course of his ministry, he’s served several congregations, and led worship for many churches through seasons of incredible growth, including North Hills in Phoenix, Arizona; Crossings in Oklahoma City; and Central Community in Wichita, Kansas—the host church of CHOG Convention 2017. Today he serves as music and worship arts pastor at Central Community. In a recent interview with Church of God Ministries, Pastor George Skramstad shared some insights gleaned from his church, music, and family experiences, and offered a preview of how these influences will translate into his worship leadership at Church of God Convention 2017. Continue reading

AU Chorale Releases Schedule for Spring 2014 Tour

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The Anderson University Chorale has set the schedule for its 2014 spring tour, March 16-23, in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana.

[Click here to see tour schedule.]

In its 69th season, the 45-voice Anderson University Chorale under the direction of conductor, Richard Sowers, has received national and international recognition as one of the nation’s premiere collegiate choirs. The Chorale has performed in concert for several national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Continue reading

AU Sophomore Directing New Image Gospel Choir

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By Zach Wadley

For a freshman at any university, the first year can be a time to figure out personal strengths and interests. While many freshmen get involved in extracurricular activities, very few actively pursue leadership roles until they’ve completed their first year. This is not the case for Chelsa Lee, an Anderson University student who, as a sophomore, has already secured a leadership role as the director of AU’s New Image Gospel Choir. This is a position she actively pursued her freshman year. Continue reading