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.

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