To use Gospel music to inspire audiences with a message of hope, joy, and harmony.
To serve and uplift communities through the power of Gospel music.
Kimberly Brown was destined to be a singer. For more than 40 years, which began by singing at her father’s church at the age of seven, she has sung in many genres while her love has always been Christian/ Gospel “Music that Inspires”.
As a former member of the 3-time, Grammy-Award-Winning group Sounds of Blackness for fifteen years, she toured around the world (Brazil, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, London etc.). Kimberly has worked with many national artists including: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Stevie Wonder, CeCe Winans, Quincy Jones, Take 6, Fred Hammond, Kenny G., Luther Vandross, Darryl Hall (Hall and Oates), John Cougar Mellencamp, and many others. She works extensively in her local industry as a singer/songwriter, director, vocal coach, speaker, and as Director of Music Ministries at her local church, First Trinity Church of God in Christ in Fridley, MN. She also directs the Fellowship Choir for the Minnesota Second Ecclesiastical Fellowship, Church of God in Christ.
Kimberly describes herself as ordinary, but is actually quite extraordinary. She has won several awards including: Citizenship and Discipleship awards, Minnesota Jurisdictional Woman of the Year award, First Trinity Church Music Director Award, and an American Heart Association Volunteer Appreciation Award. Kimberly has a heart for PKs (Pastors’ Kids), as she is one herself. Kimberly is a loving wife and mother, and credits her parents, Overseer and Mrs. Henry Brown, for her firm foundation and her solid, Christian values. She is very committed to volunteerism, and gives of her time, talent, and finances to support various charities.
Pam has been a choir member of TCCGC since 2004. Currently, she is a soprano as well as our choir manager, making sure the choir is up to date on singing engagements and other important news. Married with two children and one beautiful granddaughter, Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends, sharing God’s word through song, and helping the choir be as successful as it can be.
Garland King is the choir's accompanist, setting the sound and feel of the performances. When the choir performs, Garland is often accompanied by some of the best gospel musicians in the city, providing the energy and groove behind the choir.
Just four months after its first rehearsal in 1990, this community-based, multi-cultural choir swept the competition to win first place in the prestigious Amateur Talent Contest at the Minnesota State Fair.
Amateur no more, the Choir returned to the State Fair a year later to present 13 concerts -- and completed its first professional studio recording that same summer. Since then, the choir has thrilled audiences at hundreds of events in venues as varied as the Historic State Theater, Central Baptist Church in St. Paul, the Ordway Theater, Red Wing Correctional Facility, and the Governor's Mansion.
Since its inception the choir has maintained its commitment to be a community resource, bringing its music and message to urban, suburban and rural communities.
President: Jason Kapel
Jason brings a combination of a passion for music and professional experience in marketing, business and communication to the board. He currently is Director of Customer Experience at Prudential. He is also a musician and is proficient on guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums. He performs in an indie-rock band that has released its first album and performs locally and elsewhere in the U.S. Jason believes in the power of music to positively affect people's lives.
Vice President: Kim Snyder Smith
Kimberly is a member of the choir and joined the board this year. She works at Woodlane Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and owns a home staging company. Kimberly is passionate about our choir and works to ensure more people can be uplifted by the gospel music we perform.
Treasurer: Sandy Famodu
Sandy is a self-employed Certified Public Accountant providing tax and accounting services to individuals, small businesses, and non-profits. She has over 25 years of experience as a CPA, including senior manager positions with Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Global Tax Network. Sandy is actively involved as a community volunteer, serving as board member for Global Minnesota as well as TCCGC. She joined TCCGC in 2016 as an alto. As Treasurer, she oversees all financial aspects of the choir's operations. Sandy enjoys building strong relationships and working collaboratively to achieve shared goals.
Secretary: Elisabeth Teichroew
Elisabeth brings experience and passion to the choir and board as the current Executive Director of the Twin Cities Youth Chorale. Her non-profit experience and social media expertise has already had an impact as she has worked to extend and modernize our choir's social media strategy.
Members at Large
David is a long time choir member and recently joined the board of directors. He has been an IT professional for more than 20 years, which came after about 20 years in engineering. He is passionate about our choir helping us achieve our mission.
Grace has a passion for singing which started when she was a child in her dad’s church. That passion led her on a search for a choir, which landed her with TCCGC in April 2019 as a soprano. She is a member of several professional organizations, having served in a leadership capacity in many organizations over the years. In addition, Grace has experience as a public speaker and brings her organizational and creative skills, as well as her experience as an educator to the TCCGC board.
Katrina is a member of the choir, and brings her excitement and creative ideas to the board, as well as experience in administration and recruiting. She wants to use that recruiting experience to bring more singers into the choir, allowing us to grow and succeed.
Executive Director: Jack Perkins
Jack is a retired educator, having served 25 years in both secondary and higher education. He has also spent the last ten years serving in multiple roles for various non-profits. He has also worked as a consultant to help individuals and organizations understand and cope with the effects of stress and trauma. Jack lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Karina, and their cat, Gus. They are the proud parents of four amazing children who live, work, and attend school in Georgia and Oklahoma.
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