Another wonderful Talent 4 the House in 2016!

SAMSUNG CSCA couple hundred Disciples gathered Thursday evening, Aril 7, at Woodmont’s Drowota Hall for this amazing night of music and fellowship in support of the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt and its students, who are preparing for ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Gabe Dixon sang two new songs off his just-released CD, plus Disciples favorite, “All Will Be Well,” before leaving to go to a Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Night event at the Station Inn. Maura O’Connell next brought her strong voice and glorious Irish presence to the stage, including “The Blue Train” among her songs.

The Disciples House Band, led by Evan Bunch, got the whole crowd singing “I’ll Fly Away.” The Live Auction was, as usual, a contest, with the “O What a Foretaste of Glory Divine Peanut Brittle” tying a record price, along with a custom handmade quilt and a Hatch Show Prints poster for the night, signed by all the performers. The Silent Auction was a success as well, with all items purchased.

Ben Saunders debuted a new video about the impact of the House, featuring alums Emily Nourse, Mike Lehman, and Bill and Kaki Frisckics-Warren.


Andrew Peterson followed intermission with his lovely, touching songs of faith and life, and as usual, Jonell Mosser closed out the night strong, finishing with a duet with Maura on “An Irish Blessing” which she had performed at Maura’s wedding.

This was the 9th Talent 4 the House. Since 2008, Talent has raised well over $100,000 for the support for student preparing for ministry through the Disciples House at Vanderbilt.

Thanks to the sponsors (listed below), to Woodmont for hosting again, to the performers, to all the donors of items for the auction, and to the Talent 4 the House committee led by all-star chair Dieta Duncan!

Gold Sponsors

  • Eastwood Christian Church, Nashville
  • First Christian Church, Hopkinsville
  • Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville
  • Greenwood Cemetery, Nashville
  • Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail, Nashville

Silver Sponsors

  • Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville—in honor of John Culbertson and all our former interns from the House
  • Ed and Pat Cole
  • Jae and Erin Gottman—in honor of our shared ministry with First Christian Church of Paducah, Kentucky
  • Parsons Engineering, Nashville

Memorial Event Sponsors

  • Rev. Thomas Kleinert, in memory of Jack Forstman
  • Elizabeth and Gene Regen, in memory of George Mayhew
  • Roberta Schwarz, in memory of Neil Schwarz

Finally, check out this small video sample (recorded and produced by Alan Nelson) of the closing duet:

Keep checking back to this website for more. We will soon be posting other media recordings of this year’s Talent 4 the House!

UPDATE: photos from 2016 T4TH have been uploaded to a separate page. Click here.

2015 Talent 4 the House was as spectacular as ever!

SAMSUNG CSCNearly 500 Disciples and guests turned out for a spectacular evening of fun and stellar entertainment at this year’s version of Talent 4 the House, April 7, at Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville. Those in attendance came from 13 Disciple congregations in Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as several general units. And the stars were out as well—entertainment this year included headliners Vince Gill and Amy Grant (fresh from the President’s Easter Prayer Breakfast in Washington early that morning), plus Nashville Disciple favorites Gabe Dixon and Jonell Mosser. Desserts of all kinds and a coffee bar kept everyone well-fed between songs, and the silent auction was again supplemented by a live auctioneer. Ben Saunders crafted a video about students and their appreciation for life in the House. Bryan Sargent of Mix 92.9 FM was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

Talent 4 the House raiSAMSUNG CSCses funds and friends to support the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt, which provides scholarships and housing for Disciples ministry students at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and helps teach them how to do ministry.

The House is grateful to the performers, to all who attended, to the T4TH Committee, to students who helped at the event, and to donors for the silent auction, as well as the sponsors who provided support:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Quinn Financial Partners
  • Eastwood Christian Church
  • First Christian Church, Bowling Green
  • Fist Christian Church, Hopkinsville
  • Greenwood Cemetery
  • National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church
  • Tom and Needie Rountree
  • Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • Vine Street Christian Church
  • Woodmont Christian Church
  • Allegra Printing
  • The Great Escape
  • J. and Erin Gottman
  • Pat and Ed Cole
  • Parsons Engineering
  • Memorial Event Sponsors: the Norton Family in memory of Herman Norton; Elizabeth and Gene Regen in honor and memory of George Mayhew; Roberta M. Schwarz in memory of Neil Schwarz

Talent 4 the House was a rousing success in 2014!


Talent 4 the House 2014 was another spectacular evening of fellowship, food, sharing and amazing music April 3. Who could have predicted a singalong of 425 Disciples with Alison Krauss on “Down to the River to Pray,” or with Dan Tyminski, the voice of the Soggy Bottom Boys, on “Man of Constant Sorrow?” Gabe Dixon led off the evening with his incredible piano-based songs. Andrew Peterson moved us as he sang with his 11 year old daughter. Alison and Dan were a delight. And Jonell Mosser kicked the level even higher. The whole ensemble finished the evening with a big version of “I’ll Fly Away.”

T4TH has become the largest gathering of Disciples in middle Tennessee and western Kentucky, with the participation of over 20 churches, numerous organizations, returning alumni, and many sponsors in support of ministry students at the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt. Audio clips and other photos included below. We will post even more photos in the coming days!

Listen to I’ll Fly Away:

Listen to Down to the River to Pray:






Our gracious 2014 T4TH sponsors:

Auburn Leather
Eastwood Christian Church, Nashville
First Christian Church, Bowling Green,KY
First Christian Church of Hopkinsville, KY
Greenwood Cemetery, Inc and Monument Sales
National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Quinn Financial Partners, LLC
Tom and Needie Rountree
Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville
Ed and Pat Cole
Green Door Gourmet
Rev. Tom Knowles-Bagwell
Disciples of Christ Historical Society
Parsons Engineering, Inc.
The Comfort Group
Given in honor and memory of Charles W Hawkins III by Lee Ann Hawkins
Given in honor and memory of Charlie Howell by Julie Howell.
Given by the Norton family in memory of Herman Norton.
Given in honor and memory of George Mayhew by Elizabeth and Gene Regen
Given in honor and memory of Neil Schwarz by Roberta M. Schwarz