One of the unique aspects of Men’s Ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky is the Regional Men’s Chorus. The group is made up of mostly Disciple men from across the Commonwealth and beyond. No auditions are held and the membership is constantly changing. Beginning in 1994, the Chorus was the inspiration of John Elkins (Clintonville), then President of the Regional Men’s Cabinet and brought to reality through the diligent leadership of Greg Alexander, then Associate Regional Minister and now Regional Minister.
The Chorus meets just one weekend each year in a retreat setting, often utilizing a Kentucky State Park and seeks to proclaim God’s Good News through song. The Chorus has participated in worship services or have performed at numerous Christian Churches and have participated in the 1996 and 2000 Kentucky Regional Assemblies. In 2010, they performed for the National Convention of the Association of Disciple Musicians and the 1999 and 2011 General Assemblies of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). There have been just two directors, John T. Opsata and Carroll Wallace. There have been three accompanists Larry Sivis, Michael Rintamaa and Brad Herndon.
During most of the years of its existence John T. Opsata has been the Men’s Chorus’ director. He directed the group in its first two seasons and then returned four years later following graduate studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, Master degrees in Church Music and Divinity, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Liturgical Studies. Before entering the ministry he was a high school music educator in his home state of Minnesota. He serves or has served three Disciples of Christ congregations in Kentucky and is presently the pastor of First Christian Church, Frankfort, KY.
Brad Herndon and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Lindsey and Bryce. They live in Greenfield, Indiana and attend Greenfield Christian Church, where Brad is the pianist and past congregational chair. He began playing the piano at the age of seven and studied classical piano with a college professor when he was 12 years old. He enjoys all forms of music, but is partial to up-tempo gospel music. His favorite composer/arranger is Mark Hayes. Brad received his undergraduate degree in finance and economics from Indiana State University, and his MBA from the University of Indianapolis. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Market Technician. Brad manages the Trust Department of Greenfield Banking Company in Greenfield, Indiana.
The chorus is always looking for men who want to proclaim their belief in God through ministry in song and in congregation with other believers. If you would like to share in ministry and worship with such a wonderful group of Christian men, please contact our Business Manger Rick Jouett.
The chorus is always looking for new venues in which to hold retreats and to perform. If your church would be interested in having the Kentucky Regional Men’s Chorus as a part of your worship service or to hold a concert, please contact us! Click here to view the website.
The Kentucky Regional Men’s Chorus
Christian Church in Kentucky
1125 Red Mile Road
Lexington, KY 40504