LEXINGTON - A former local Christian Church minister is spreading the gospel in an unusually creative way - through orchestra music.
"Symphony of the Soul," by the Rev. William Hawkins will premiere 3 p.m. Feb. 22, presented by the Lexington Community Orchestra.
Hawkins was minister for eight years at Lancaster Christian Church, and another four years earlier at Burgin Christian Church while he attended Lexington Theological Seminary. A minister since 1969, Hawkins also taught music in public schools for years.
He has a degree in ministry studies, a master of divinity and doctorate of ministry from Lexington seminary.
He says he has never been heavily involved in music, but he played in a community band and started a chorus while pastoring in western Kentucky, and had a men's trio in music during his ministry in Flint, Mich.