Jason Evans to be honored Oct. 15 at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church

  • Donna Gable Hatch, Editor

Kitty Hawk resident Jason Evans will be honored Sunday, Oct. 15, for his 10th anniversary as director of music ministries and organist at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, 907 S. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills.

The service is at 10 a.m., and the public is welcome.

Originally from Edenton, North Carolina, Evans graduated from Wanchese Christian Academy and earned a bachelor’s in music degree in organ performance and sacred music at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Prior to joining the staff of Outer Banks Presbyterian Church in June 2007, Evans spent 13 years as pianist and music assistant at First Baptist Church of Norfolk, where he accompanied the 300-voice sanctuary choir and 50-piece orchestra. He also was the administrator of the church's Conservatory of Fine Arts.

“Because of the wide network of musician friends Jason has developed during his career, he has been able to invite professional musicians from near and far to support his production of many very rewarding presentations in which local lovers of music from various musical backgrounds are invited to participate as a community,” says Mary Sowder, who handles publicity for the church.

One such musical presentations, “Cotton Patch Gospel,” is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 

The event is co-sponsored by The Eastern Carolina Concert Society.

The 90-minute musical drama is based on Clarence Jordan’s book “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John,” which recounts the story of Jesus as set in modern day Georgia with music and reverent humor twist. The music and lyrics were completed by folk singer Harry Chapin shortly before his death in 1981.

The cast — which includes Curtis Campbell, Michael Commee, Mollie Philbin and Dave Spencer — is directed by Curtis Campbell, former minister at Kitty Hawk Methodist Church.

The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be received.

In December, the church will present its “Christmas at Outer Banks Presbyterian” concert.

The concert features the 60-voice sanctuary choir and an 11-piece orchestra.

Performances are at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3. The concerts are free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be received, and an on-site nursery will be provided.

In addition to the annual Christmas concerts, the sanctuary choir performs at the Christmas Eve service and other special services throughout the year. It also presents an annual Easter musical and a “Let Freedom Ring Patriotic Concert” in July.

For more information about events at the church, call (252) 441-5897, ext. 203.