CHARLESTON -- If a person were to tell the Rev. “Bumper” Quick that his name sounds more like a truck driver than a distinguished southern Illinois clergyman, he won’t be offended since that is exactly what he was for many years before answering God’s call upon his life and entering the ministry back in the early 1990s.

Bumper (his real name is Harold) will be preaching renewal services at Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church, 2175 East Harrison St., Sunday through Tuesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.

Currently the lead pastor at Trinity West Salem United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Quick is a graduate of McKendree College, St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City’s Course of Study program and Duke Divinity School’s Advanced Course of Study in Durham, N.C. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. A veteran of many mission trips to Haiti and the Bahamas, he is known for his passionate and informative preaching.

Musically, the congregation will not be disappointed either as Sunday and Tuesday night Steven Trine of Paris will be leading the worship with his “magic” piano playing. The “magic” description comes from the way he is said to almost make the keyboard to “sit up and dance.”

The East Central Harmony Chorus of the Sweet Adeline's barbershop singers will be providing the special music with several numbers this Monday evening at 7 p.m. at Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church, 2175 East Harrison Ave.

The East Central Harmony Chorus is a dynamic new barbershop singers group just a little over a year old who have been sharing their gift and love of music throughout the Eastern part of the state to enthusiastic and grateful audiences.

Everyone, needing a revival or not, is invited to any or all of these Renewal Services as part of a personal preparation for the coming Advent season prior to Christmas.

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