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.
Ed Newman came to the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir in 2016 bringing a lifetime of performance experience and choral music leadership. He is an experienced choir director and respected musician, with an impressive recording history with nationally celebrated gospel artists and choirs.
At the age of seven Ed started playing keyboard, performing professionally when he was 11 years old. He was invited to become a choral director and music director while still in high school.
Ed says, "I love the Twin Cities Community Gospel choir and their energy. When we perform live, it is very welcoming and spiritual.”
Born and raised in Chicago, Ed learned to play keyboard by listening to music on the radio. He began performing in talent shows in elementary school moving on to become the lead musician in his high school’s Black History Choir, which he led for four years, expanding it to community experience. Under the Rev. James Hudson, Morning Star Baptist Church, and the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) he gained skills in choral music direction and recorded a CD. At the age of 15 he was named minister of music for the Hours of Prayer Apostolic Church of God in Kankakee Illinois. He went on to work with Bobby Jones and Nu City Mass Choir, a branch of the Chicago Mass choir and many other gospel groups and performers.
Ed recorded a CD with Dr. Charles D. Hayes founder of the Chicago Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer. He went on to work with many other gospel recording artists including the Thompson Community Singers with Lee Anne Faine, Zarcardi Cortez and Beverly Crawford. He has appeared on multiple recordings, including You Nu City, available on Apple Music, where he composed the tracks Keep Holding On and Don't Give Up.
Six years ago Ed came to Minneapolis, where he has continued to work with leading gospel music artists including James Greer, the Triad Group, Jovonta Patton and Darnell Davis. He was recently invited to perform at the National American Baptist Convention in Minneapolis with Krista McKenzie.
Ed is currently producing songs and soundtracks, and performs for several choirs and churches in the Twin Cities. In addition to directing the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, Ed is currently Director of Music for the Greater St. John Baptist Church and Minister of Music and Faith Deliverance Holiness Church.
Pam Kreuger, Choir Manager
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.
Keith joined the choir in 2019 and quickly offered to be part of the board. With 35 years of diverse professional experience in everything from sales and marketing to architectural designer to ministry to graphic design and media productions, Keith draws on all of it to help promote the choir to the community.
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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