David’s Creed to Lead Worship Nov. 7 in Harrah

OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship at Harrah First Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

The nine-member band, along with director Dr. Casey Gerber, travels throughout the fall and spring semesters to lead worship in churches across Oklahoma. The band also has led worship in Texas and Missouri.

David's Creed takes a contemporary approach to leading worship. With three vocalists, a vocalist/acoustic guitarist, a bass player, a percussionist, a lead guitarist and a pianist, the band mixes contemporary music with traditional hymns. The repertoire allows the group to minister in churches with different styles of musical preference.

David's Creed, OBU's praise ensemble, will lead worship at Harrah First Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.

The band includes (back, from left) Courtney Tice, Sean Muzljakovich, Lucas Simmons, Parker Jackson, Jonathan Hamrick, Jared Huckabee, (front, from left) Sarah Graham and Karlie Clifford.

The auditioned praise ensemble was started by the OBU Division of Music in spring 2007. Its primary purpose is to connect OBU with the churches in Oklahoma and the surrounding region by serving those churches in worship through music, testimony and God's Word.

Members of the 2010-11 David's Creed band include Courtney Tice, a senior voice major from Oologah, Okla., on vocals; Sarah Graham, a senior voice major from Ponca City, Okla., on vocals; Karlie Clifford, a sophomore education major from Oklahoma City, Okla., on keyboard; Parker Jackson, a senior religion major from Ozark, Mo., on bass; Jared Huckabee, a junior interdisciplinary major from Rockwall, Texas, on drums; Jonathan Hamrick, a senior music theory and composition major from Cedar Crest, N.M., on electric guitar; Sean Muzljakovich, a junior worship arts major from Bartlesville, Okla., on vocals; Lucas Simmons, a junior English major from Weleetka, Okla., on acoustic guitar; and Chance Ballard, a senior philosophy major from Lawton, Okla., on sound.

Gerber, assistant professor of music education, is coordinator of vocal music education at OBU. He teaches methods courses, supervises student teachers and conducts the Young Singers of Central Oklahoma in the OBU Preparatory Program.

A native of Weatherford, Okla., Gerber earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He has also completed level I training in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and level III training in the Kod