NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the past 36 years, United Methodist Men have held their quadrennial gatherings at Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. When the General Commission on United Methodist Men moved their 10th National Gathering to Nashville, music for the event took on a distinctively Nashville flavor.
Vince Gill and Steve Hornbeak, two Nashville-based recording artists, will perform at the July 10-11, 2009, assembly at Belmont University. They will be joined by Sheltered Reality, a national youth percussion band that includes youngsters from a Nashville inner-city church.
Paul Saik, a well known vocalist and pianist of Nashville will serve as the music leader. He recently released a live recording of hymns recorded at Brentwood (Tenn.) UMC.
Richard Alegria, former president of the Rio Grande Conference United Methodist Men, will serve as organist for the event. This will be his seventh men's national gathering.
Speakers at the event will include Chicago Area Bishop Hee-Soo Jung; Dr. Patrick Morley, founder of Man in the Mirror ministries; and the Rev. Kevass Harding, pastor of a Wichita, Kans., congregation that grew from 25 members to more than 800 in eight years.
The national event is scheduled to be held at Belmont University's newly built Curb Event Center, a sports and entertainment complex.
For information, and to register for the event, visit the Web site www.UnitedMethodistMen.org or call toll free 866-297-4313 or 615-340-7145.