The Wheaton College Gospel Choir was formed in 1986 by students who shared a desire to worship God through black Gospel music. The small group started by Fred Dade '90, Adonya (Seldon) Little '90, Sheila (Davis) McTillman '91, and Vanessa Wilson '90 soon flourished; presently the choir is filled with approximately 45 voices. Ranging from various backgrounds and cultures, these students have expanded their campus ministry to include churches, homeless shelters, schools, and prisons in the Chicagoland area. From its inception, the Gospel Choir has always been an intentionally diverse choir of women and men praising God.
The choir's purpose has been to worship and serve God and to spread His good news in song to "the nations." Through their diversity, the students have been blessed to see God bring people to Himself and to bridge cultural and spiritual gaps for His glory. Over the years, the choir has also had the opportunity to minister through television and has been able to tour various locations throughout the United States. God has opened doors that have allowed the choir to minister at Chicago's Annual Gospel Festival, and alongside national recording artists: The Soul Children of Chicago, Commissioned, Fred Hammond and Radical for Christ, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Chicago Mass Choir, Damaris Carbough, and Kirk Franklin.
Under the direction of Mrs. Tanya Egler, the ministry continues to be energetic and Spirit-filled. The purpose and vision of Wheaton College Gospel Choir is to:
- Evangelize to the unsaved through singing, personal testimonies, and a clear gospel message through scripture.
- Partner with local churches that support the choir financially as they work together with the church body to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the community.
The year 2001 marked a milestone for the Gospel Choir as they released a CD of primarily original music titled "Grateful!" A following CD, "God's Faithfulness" (produced by Dick Tunney- 2007) was unveiled during their 20th anniversary celebration. Their newest release "Legacy" (2012) was launched on their 25th anniversary. "God's Faithfulness" and "Legacy" are available at the Wheaton College bookstore.
Stories from a Spring Tour
Jonathan Schmidt '16
The Gospel Choir had an uplifting spring tour through concerts and moments of worship at different churches and schools in North Carolina. They were especially impacted by a couple of the churches through engaging in authentic worship with the larger church body. Throughout the week they stayed and served at Victory Mountain Wesleyan Youth Camp located outside of High Point, NC. The ability to serve and aid the camp staff with various projects was definitely a highlight and encouraging part of the trip. On their last day, the director let the Gospel Choir have 2 hours of prayer time around the campus which provided a time to refocus on God as they spent time in the natural beauty of a lake surrounded by a forest. All in all, the trip was Christ-centered, encouraging, and filled with fun for the Gospel Choir.