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Dispatch from Talent for the House, 2013

Posted on April 17, 2013

Dispatch from Talent for the House, 2013

Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt Divinity School enjoyed another spectacular evening of food, fellowship, and Nashville music in the 5th Annual “Talent 4 the House” on April 4 at Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville. A sellout crowd of 350 Disciples from 15 congregations in middle Tennessee and western Kentucky enjoyed the fabulous music of Jonell Mosser, Gabe Dixon, Vince Gill and Andrew Peterson in an up-close, intimate acoustic evening.

Photos of the evening are available on the website under "Explore the House--Our Photos."

Jonell Mosser has performed at every Talent 4 the House so far, and we were blessed to welcome her back once more to get things rolling with her amazing voice. She sang three songs, including “Nicer to Me” from her latest CD, “Fortunes Lost, Fortunes Told.” Listen here.

Gabe Dixon did new songs, including the beautiful “Coming Home,” (listen here), as well as “All Will Be Well,” from the 2008 Gabe Dixon Band CD, heard recently on an episode of “Parks and Recreation” (listen here).

Vince Gill told wonderful stories and sang songs about his wife Amy Grant, including “Red Words” (listen here), before heading out to another performance at Nashville’s Tin Pan South songwriter’s festival.

And Andrew Peterson (, just off the road, closed out the evening with his great songs about the life of faith and the challenges of living it--such as turning loose our children with hopes for grace in “You’ll Find Your Way” (listen here).

Additional performers for the evening included Todd Lombardo—guitar, Andrea Zonn—fiddle, Andy Gullahorn—guitar, and Ben Shine—piano.

A live auction filled intermission with bids for autographed copies of the Hatch Show Print for the night, as well as for tins of "Oh what a foretaste of Glory divine Peanut Brittle" made personally by Dean Mark Miller-McLemore from a family recipe handed down for three generations. Disciples House students introduced the performers and shared what the House means to them in their preparation for ministry. Stories told of practicing baptisms in a cold baptistry, celebrity sightings in our neighborhood, and how the front porch at Disciples House fosters friendship and community. Students who spoke included Cheryl Russell (MDiv 3), Allison Enari (MDiv 3), Phill and Casey Sigmon (PhD candidate, homiletics), Katy Dyche (MTS 2) and Mary Trollinger (MDiv 3), Adam Graham (MDiv 3), and Katie Russell (MDiv 3).

Sponsors for the evening included:
• Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville
• Eastwood Christian Church, Nashville
• Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis
• First Christian Church, Paducah, Ky
• The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church
• The Disciples of Christ Historical
• The Christian Church Foundation
• Disciples Church Extension Fund
• Greenwood Cemetery, Nashville
• Allegra Marketing Print Mail
• Quinn Financial Partners LLC
• Dr. Tom and Needie Rountree
• An anonymous donor

The event is entirely planned by a committee of dedicated volunteers including Gina Waters, Liz Ann Allen, Karen Conrad, Gene and Elizabeth Regen, Elizabeth Brown, Marie Wiggins, and Katie Russell. The committee is led by Dieta Duncan, a member of the Board at Disciples House. Talent staff is Susan Spear Dyer. During the event, we also recognized committee member Marie Wiggins, who celebrated her last Sunday as organist and accompanist at Eastwood Christian Church, Nashville, on Easter Sunday, 2013--after 48 years of leading music! Congratulations, and thanks, Marie.

And thanks to all who help make this amazing night of support for young ministers happen!