The Bethlehem Bible College Choir is unique in that it represents the seldom heard voice of the Palestinian Christians. The Choir has a varied repertoire which includes music from the historic churches as well as from the contemporary Arab Christian world. With a performance style which is distinctively Middle Eastern, the music conveys a strong commitment to Jesus Christ and reflects the experience of faith forged under pressure.
Our choir has a long successful history. It first started in 1981 under the leadership of David Hilbery. It was later developed to include not only students from Bethlehem Bible College, but also young men and women from the larger Palestinian community.
Throughout the years, the choir has been well received locally and abroad. It has been featured on television in England, Canada, and the United States. The Choir has traveled to the United States, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Brazil and Ireland, presenting songs of praise for the glory of God as well as representing the Palestinian Christian community. In 1997, under the leadership of Rana Isaac, the Choir recorded its first Album “Awaiting Your Return”, which was produced by David Loden. In 2006, the Choir recorded its second Album “Bethlehem”, which is a Christmas Album, under the leadership of Munther Isaac.
The Choir was lead by Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac for years until 2014, before he was ordained and became the Academic Dean of BBC. The Choir today has over 10 members and is led by Eng. Akram Nassar. Mr. Nassar is a professional musician who has previously led three different big choirs; one in Jordan, one in Qatar and one in Palestine.
This summer the members of our Choir went on a two day retreat to dream about their future and plan strategically their next steps. Pastor Jack, President of Bethlehem Bible College, Mrs. Shireen Awwad, Dean of students and Akram Nassar, the Choir’s director, organized the retreat.
Throughout their time away they all discussed a new strategic plan for the Choir, learnt more about team building, and suggested ideas for strengthening their fellowship and performances. During their retreat the Choir also participated in Nazareth Evangelical College’s graduation ceremony and was able to perform some wonderful worship songs.
As the Choir starts a fresh this term, please pray with us that it will continue to be a voice for Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem and beyond.