Huntley Brown to perform at church

PARKERSBURG – Renowned pianist Huntley Brown will return to Parkersburg on Dec. 14 to perform for the annual Christmas Program at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 11th and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. Childcare will be provided. A dessert buffet will be held in the church’s Fellowship Hall following the concert and everyone is invited to attend. Love offerings for Brown will also be accepted.

As part of the concert, the Chancel Choir under the direction of Mary Ellen Dearth, St. Paul’s director of music, will perform several songs with Brown, including “Hallelujah Chorus.” Brown’s program will include Christmas classics and carols. The Saunders Handbell Ringers will also be performing.

Brown will be making his third appearance at St. Paul’s. He previously appeared in the Mid-Ohio Valley in 2000 when he performed with the Ralph Bell Crusade.

Brown grew up in a Christian home on the island of Jamaica. Without knowing how to read music, he learned to play the piano by imitating his brothers. He also learned music from his father, who played accordian and a little piano, and others, along with listening to recordings.

As a young man, he got some early experience with performing in various hotel bands and piano bars in Jamaica, but found that did match with his Christian ideals.

He decided to attend Judson University in Elgni, Ill., where he graduated four years later with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance. He then earned a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University

Brown’s music ministry has taken him all over the world, with TV, radio and concert appearances in many countries. He has also performed throughout the U.S. In the past few years, he has added a new facet to his ministry by teaching and offering seminars on music and worship.

He is an ordained minister, having been ordained in 2007 by the Evangelical Church Alliance International where he now serves on the board. In 2011, he became an Artist Ambassador for Kids Alive International, a group dedicated to rescuing kids around the world.