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St. Paul United Church of Christ Welcomes

Sharon Samuels Reed

as Acting Musical Director at St. Paul    



St. Paul United Church of Christ is pleased to announce that Sharon Samuels Reed has been appointed to serve as its acting choir director for the 2018 Fall Season.  The church is actively seeking a new permanent Director of Music upon the recent retirement of its long-time Director, Vivian Gerrietts.  

Reed grew up in the segregated South of the fifties and sixties, and is the founder and director of the well-renowned Heritage Ensemble--a vocal group whose mission is to "tear down walls and build bridges between all people."  The group's musical selections are inspired primarily by the African American experience:  from slavery to the Civil War; from Reconstruction to segregation; from the Equal Rights Act of the 1960’s to the remaining socioeconomic and cultural challenges of present-day.  

"Sharon Reed has been a great friend of St. Paul for decades, and our congregation is beyond thrilled to have her step in to help serve us in this capacity," said Pastor Brian Byrne.  "St. Paul UCC has always maintained a primary focus on matters of social justice and equality.  This partnership presents an incredible opportunity for our congregation and our community to experience more spiritual growth from Sharon’s ministry of music.”

Reed is also well-known in the Pekin community as the first African American educator to serve Pekin schools and one of the most beloved choir directors in Pekin High School history.  Reed came to District 303 in 1994 and has said that it didn't take long for her to realize that God had a significant purpose for leading her there.  Though her tenure lasted for only seven years, the respect and admiration she fostered among students, teachers, parents, and the community at-large lives on to this day.

“I am certain that I will feel right at home in worship with you,” said Reed to the Congregation. “I am looking forward to working with all of you as we make a joyful noise unto the Lord.  This is yet another beautiful step in my journey to ‘tear down walls and build bridges between all people.’ ”






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