With perfect timing, two jets flying above Sunrise Celebration 2012 formed a cross in the sky. The photo was captured by Sunrise Celebration committee member and Evangel University archivist Shirley Shedd.

News Release

Evangel University to participate in Easter sunrise service at Hammons Field

March 27, 2013 | Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Hundreds of members of the Springfield community will come together on Easter Sunday, March 31, for the eighth annual Greater Springfield Sunrise Celebration at Hammons Field.

Gates will open at 6:15 a.m., and the service begins at 6:45 a.m.

The service is interdenominational and open to all.

The speaker will be Melissa Dodd, an associate pastor at Campbell United Methodist Church.

Evangel Leads the Music

Special music will be provided by Sing His Praises Homeschool Choir, directed by Krista Smith, a 1997 music education graduate of Evangel. She currently teaches in the Logan-Rogersville School District. Jason Huneycutt, 1998 Evangel graduate, will provide keyboard accompaniment.

The Triumphant Trumpeters, led by Evangel professor emeritus John Shows, appear on screen at Hammons Field during the 2012 Sunrise Celebration.

The Triumphant Trumpeters, led by Evangel professor emeritus John Shows, appear on screen at Hammons Field during the 2012 Sunrise Celebration. Photo by Shirley Shedd, Evangel archivist.

Congregational songs will be led by John Shows, professor emeritus of music from Evangel University. Shows also will conduct the Triumphant Trumpets in Easter Fanfare: Christ Arose.

The trumpeters include Evangel University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Glenn Bernet; alumni Jonathan Plaster, Dustin Bush and Andrew Ayres; and current EU seniors Nina Ayres, Dody Harmon and Megan Helphinstine.

Along with Shows, Evangel alumni Glenroy and Shirley Shedd serve on the Sunrise Celebration committee, an interdenominational committee of 18 members. Shirley is the archivist at Evangel University.

“Working on the Sunrise Celebration committee is exciting because, although we have a number of denominations represented, we are one in wanting to give glory to the Lord through this annual service,” Shirley said.

New for 2013 — Coffee & Breakfast

As a new feature of the event this year, The Salvation Army will serve free coffee before the service. The Men’s Group of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church will provide a free continental breakfast after the service.

The Springfield Cardinals organization makes Hammons Field available at no cost to the Sunrise Celebration. Free parking will be available in the ballpark lots.

The service will last only one hour so that attendees can participate in early services at their own churches. In case of rain, the service will be held indoors at the Springfield Cardinals training facility at Hammons Field.

Full Schedule

The service schedule will include the following:

  • Opening Prayer: Micah Chisholm from All Saints Anglican Church
  • Scripture Reading: Daisuke Yabuki from Central Assembly of God
  • Congregational Singing: John Shows, leader; Jason Huneycutt, pianist
  • Personal Testimony: Cheryl Christman from Oak Grove Assembly of God
  • Special Music: Sing His Praises Homeschool Choir, Krista Smith, director
  • Speaker: Melissa Dodd from Campbell United Methodist Church
  • Benediction: Ron Morein, pastor of Oak Grove Assembly of God

For more information, contact John Shows at (417) 576-0007 or Marilyn Raines at (417) 882-3222.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions. With an enrollment of more than 2,000 students from all 50 states and abroad, Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and nine master’s programs.


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