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Whitworth to host 18th annual Gospel Explosion Feb. 13

January 30, 2015

Whitworth University will host its 18th annual Gospel Explosion on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel. The theme this year is “Still praising him after all these years.” The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

“I started the Gospel Explosion event 18 years ago because of a student who wanted to bring the Whitworth and Spokane communities together through praise and worship,” says Stephaine Nobles-Beans, coordinator for ministry and multicultural affairs at Whitworth. “Since I was, and still am, a praise and worship leader in my church, I thought it was a great idea.”

During the event, Whitworth’s Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir will perform alongside choirs from local churches, some of which have performed at Whitworth previously. The Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir will lead the evening’s worship; other choirs taking part include those from Jesus Is the Answer Apostolic Church, Morning Star Baptist, and Holy Temple Church of God.

The Whitworth Gospel Explosion takes place each February as part of the university’s celebration of Black History Month.

“Music brings people together from every arena,” Nobles-Beans says. “This wonderful event celebrates culture at its finest and that is through the art of music, dance, poetry and the spoken word.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Stephaine Nobles-Beans, ministry and multi-cultural affairs coordinator, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4568 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or