If you go
What: Charlie Hall
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: WVSU Capitol Center Theater
Tickets: $12 general admission
Info: www.chascog.com or 304-382-4975
The Charleston Church of God's uncommon worship site turns out to be a perfect place to organize a concert.
It's not the reason Pastor Tom Wise and his congregation meet at West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theater every Sunday morning, but it was a nice convenience when the church invited Dove Award-winning singer Charlie Hall to perform in Charleston.
Hall and his percussionist, Dustin Raglin, will present "Stories and Songs" Friday night at the theater.
Wise has been holding services at the theater since April, when the congregation outgrew meeting space at the Charleston YMCA.
The church, which formed last year, doesn't ever intend to build or own its own space. Wise, who has been a youth minister and minister for 12 years, said this new church model allows his congregation to give away at least 33 percent of its offerings directly to people in need.
It also allows him to organize a concert series - and dream big when he does it. Proceeds from Friday's concert will benefit the West Side food pantry.
Wise said he's a fan of Hall's contemporary music, his message and his concerts, which include witnessing to the audience.
"His music draws you in, but the words are deep," Wise said.
Indeed, Hall takes a thoughtful and methodical approach to his songwriting. His most recent recording, "The Rising," was shaped by a study of the Psalms.
Hall, 39 and a father of three who makes his home in Oklahoma, also is a part of the Passion Conference, a Christian organization that organizes spiritual gatherings especially geared toward young adults.
He's been writing songs since junior high school. Raised in a church, Hall said he stepped away for a few years in junior high and high school.