Anderson University will open the 2006 North American Convention of the Church of God with a special concert on Friday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center on the northeast corner of the university campus. Entitled, "Sanctuary," the opening event will premiere a new work under the same name created by PraiseGathering Music and will celebrate the heritage of the Church of God. AU president, Dr. James L. Edwards, will host the event.
Special guest artists for the evening event include Jay Rouse, Amy Rouse, Marc Clarke, Brian McSee, and Randy Vader. A 250-voice choir conducted by Randy Vader will accompany the guest artists.
"Anderson University is pleased to host the opening event of the North American Convention of the Church of God," said Phil Fair, director of Advancement Services and Church Relations for Anderson University. "The national premiere of the musical work 'Sanctuary' provides a message beyond the constraints of time. This is a festival of hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs."
The celebration will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business, nursing, music and education.