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Whitworth University Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Gospel Explosion Event Feb. 10

February 2, 2017
Whitworth University is partnering with local churches in the community to host its 20th annual Gospel Explosion on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the university’s Seeley G. Mudd Chapel. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

This year’s theme is “The Heavens Declare the Glory of the God!” During the event, Whitworth’s Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir will perform alongside choirs from local churches, some of which have performed at Whitworth previously, and a marimba band. 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. A free will offering will be taken, with the funds going to the Exceptional Praise Choir Club.

“We are still praising the Lord after all these years!” said
Stephaine Nobles-Beans, coordinator for diversity, equity and inclusive ministries at Whitworth. She began the program in 1997 to bring Spokane’s churches and Whitworth together through music. The Whitworth Gospel Explosion takes place each February as part of the university’s celebration of Black History Month.

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 more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Stephaine Nobles-Beans, coordinator for diversity, equity and inclusive ministries, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4568 or

Lauren Clark Hughes, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or