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Bethlehem, Pa., November 9, 2010—Dr. Christopher M. Thomforde, president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary, will be the guest preacher at New Dorp Moravian Church in Staten Island, New York, on Sunday, November 14, at 10:30 a.m. The Moravian College Choir, directed by Paula Zerkle, also will participate in the service.
The topic of Dr. Thomforde's sermon is "Do not be weary in doing what is right ..." An ordained Lutheran minister, Dr. Thomforde holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, with concentrations in biblical studies, church history, and philosophy. He obtained a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2000.
Prior to his service as a leader in higher education, he served as pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dansville, New York, where he provided pastoral care and leadership for his congregation, held leadership roles in regional and synod church affairs, and was very active in community organizations. He also did extensive pastoral work at nearby Attica prison.
The Moravian College choir and its approximately 75 women and men have been an integral ensemble of Moravian's noted Department of Music for more than four decades. The choir has sung around the United States, in the Caribbean, and in many countries in Europe and the Middle East, including England, Scotland, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Russia, Greece, Czechoslovakia, and Israel. The group performs every few years at the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C., and at the home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. They will sing "Neujahrslied" as the anthem at the November 14 service.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.