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King University News :: Europe’s Spasenie Band to perform at King University

The Spasenie Band, an all-male Christian band will perform at King University in the Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:15 a.m., as part of the University’s chapel, convocation, and service program. The band will also perform during an evening concert at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. 

For 24 years, the Belarusian band Spasenie has been spreading the gospel through music.  Together, the men have formed an out-of-the box band resonating with praise and hope.

Through their ministry in their hometown of Brest, Belarus, a city of about 300,000 near the Polish border, hundreds have come to find faith.  The band members have performed in many places including Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, China, Peru, South Africa, and here in the United States.

“The Spasenie Band will bring a unique eclectic sound to both our morning chapel worship and evening performance,” said the Rev. Dr. Fred Foy Strang, Chaplain, professor of Missions and Bible Religion, and dean of the Peeke School of Christian Mission for King University.

The Spasenie band was formed in the late 1980’s. During that time, a group of young men shared their hope and desire through music.  Paval Shelpuk, an engineer, Igor Mukha, a dentist, and Peter Semeniuk, an electrician, all fresh out of college and curious about the future, met with local pastor, Alex Borisiuk at a Bible study.  They shared their love for music through informal praise and worship with a single guitar at a local park, which then led to opportunities to perform at factories, colleges, and even television.

With borrowed equipment and a mandate from God, Spasenie’s ministry began.  Their audience, in the midst of Perestroika, was seeking change and hope and many people repented.  In 1991, the men began pursuing music full-time.  In 1992, they played 300 concerts across Europe.

This talented team from Eastern Europe will dazzle us with some very unexpected sounds.  We will also have an opportunity to hear the stories of how these artists came to Christian faith,” Strang added. 

The Spasenie band will perform at 9:15 a.m. during morning chapel on Wednesday, April 24 in Memorial Chapel on the Bristol campus of King University.  The band will also perform during an evening concert in Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. as well.  Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact King University Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Fred Foy Strang at 423.652.4708 or ffstrang@king.edu.

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