ANDERSON — Few pastors have résumés that can mention the Newport Jazz Festival and a Broadway repertoire.
But the Rev. Sharon A. White, pastor of New Hope United Methodist Church in Anderson since 2009, can boast that and more.
She'll show her range at 6 p.m. Sunday in a program titled "From Broadway to Gospel," in which she will be featured along with a choir composed of singers from area churches. The concert will benefit programs at New Hope and be held at its facility, 611 E. 53rd Street.
Victor Raymore, minister of music at New Hope, will be one of the music directors for the Benefit Concert, along with his wife, Violet Raymore, minister of music at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church and his sister, Carol King, minister of music at The Church Upon The Rock. His mother, who has participated in the past will be singing in the combined choir.
"Rev. White is a great person and a very gifted singer," said Raymore. "This program is something that shouldn't be missed."
White is a graduate of Clark College in Atlanta, Ga., where she earned a major in music (vocal performance). While attending Clark College, she joined the United Methodist Church.
"Ten years later," said White, "I accepted God's call to enter the ministry."
She received her Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta in 1994.
Upon ordination, White moved to New Castle, Ind., where she served five years as pastor of Wiley UMC. She then served at North UMC in Indianapolis for six years.
White's performance background includes performing at Carnegie Hall for the Newport Jazz Festival with Dizzy Gillespie in 1975, recording with the Clark College Jazz Orchestra in 1978 and singing in a PBS film production of James Baldwin's "Go Tell It On The Mountain" in 1983.