History Program

April 10, 2011

Anniversary Sunday

 with the GW Troubadours

Introduction:  Andy Walton

GW Troubadours  “Lonesome Road”  by James Taylor

1968:  Starring Dan Griggs and Claudia Nadig in a one-act play about staying at CHPC

GW Troubadours  “I’ll Be There”  by The Jackson 5

1984:  Featuring Chris Smith and Dudley Brown in a dramatic reading about the fire     

GW Troubadours  Bring Me to Life”  by Evanescence

1961-2011:  Audience participation in recognizing the Capitol Hill groups that have used space in the church, acknowledging the successful mission of Washington Seminar Center, and the dedication and commitment of our church staff

GW Troubadours  “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz to Men

Closing Remarks and invitation to lunch:  Andy Walton

History Program Participants

Andy Walton:  Before entering seminary, for 15 years Pastor Walton directed, designed, produced, and acted in the theater. As he puts it “I was a carny man extraordinaire.”   When asked how he made the transition to being a pastor and preacher, he says, “It requires many of the same skills but the stage is a lot smaller.”

The Troubadours are George Washington University’s oldest a cappella group. Known by adoring fans as The Troubs, they are composed of eighteen students from throughout the country.  They arrange and perform music from a variety of genres, including pop, rock, and R&B.  Their website is http://troubs.net and can be contacted at gw.troubs@gmail.com.

 Dan Griggs and Claudia Nadig:  Claudia and Dan joined the church in 2006, the same year they got married.  Between them, they have had numerous jobs ranging from tomato picker and checker in a grocery store to elementary school teacher and speechwriter to UPS manager and attorney.  In addition to their varied careers, they also enjoy cooking, travel, cycling, running marathons (Claudia), and fishing (Dan).  Please note that acting is not listed among their numerous talents and forgive them if their performance today does not garner a Helen Hayes Award nomination for 2011.

Chris Smith: “I joined the church I believe in 1984, the year of the fire.  I last graced the CHPC stage in an adaptation of “A Simpson Family Christmas,” in the role of Marge.  Best moment in CHPC theatrical history: Mary Rush’s rendition of Jimmy Mack, by Martha & The Vandellas, for the departure of interim pastor Jim McDonald in 2003.”

 Dudley Brown:   Dudley has had a historic career as a professional designer specializing in historic preservation.  His expertise and longstanding membership in the church, as well as dedication to maintaining the integrity of the church building, is legendary.