Beginning July 11, we will celebrate voices from the past in our worship for three Sundays. The guest proclaimers and guest soloists each have a previous connection to First Baptist Greenville.

On July 11, we welcome Hugh Kirby to the pulpit. Hugh was the Interim Youth Minister at FBG 1960-1962 (Senior Ministers Dotson Nelson Jr. and L.D. Johnson), while he was completing coursework at Furman University. After Furman, he continued his education at Southern Seminary, receiving the old Bachelor of Divinity and Master in Religious Education, and Columbia Presbyterian Seminary where he received his Doctorate; he also completed CPE at Georgia Baptist Hospital. Hugh has served churches in Richmond, VA; Raleigh, NC; Dunwoody, GA; West Lafayette, IN; and Hartwell, GA, where he retired. He has also served as adjunct professor teaching Old Testament and New Testament at Truett McConnell University. He has been married 57 years, and they have two grown children and seven grandchildren, including three sets of twins. Hugh’s connection to First Baptist Greenville goes beyond his time as Interim Youth Minister. His mother and sister were once members of FBG, and his brother, Dann Kirby, is currently a member.

The guest soloist on Sunday, July 11, will be Bergsvein Toverud. Bergsvein served FBG as a Herring Choral Scholar (2015-2017), then a Herring Church Music Intern (2017-2019). While serving here, he worked with the Sanctuary Choir and Vocare, traveling with them to San Francisco, CA. Bergsvein completed his undergraduate degree at Furman University where he was the recipient of the DuPre Rhame Scholarship and the Hartness Scholarship and recently completed his Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He has been a first prize winner in the Classical Singer Competition in the Advanced Classical Division in Chicago, IL, a finalist and winner at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition in Las Vegas, NV, and has had many solo opportunities in opera and oratorio.

Make plans now to attend all three Sundays:

July 11
Proclaimer: Hugh Kirby
Soloist: Bergsvein Toverud

July 18
Proclaimer: Clista Adkins
Soloist: Glen Adkins

July 25
Proclaimer: Don Flowers
Soloist: Tyrese Byrd


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