UMO Student Shares His Love of Music and Ministry

UMO Student Shares His Love of Music and Ministry


MOUNT OLIVE- Every Tuesday, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) allots time for the community of students, faculty, and staff to gather at Rodgers Chapel to join in praise. On many occasions the student worship group, The Voices of Praise, provide a beautiful blend of music and ministry with their voices and instruments.


Christopher Dunn, a senior English and history major from Siler City, leads the group with his powerful performances and contagious energy. His dedication to Christianity and singing started at Destiny Church of God of Prophecy in Goldston, North Carolina.


Dunn lives by the scripture, Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Dunn believes that he has been called to worship and spread his faith through music. Dunn therefore decided to attend UMO because of the institution’s Christian values. “The passion for religion is evident throughout the campus, which was a huge deciding factor,” said Dunn.


Not long after his admission to UMO, Dunn started attending worship services at Rodgers Chapel and participating in musical events. “The FWB church welcomed me fully and allows me to express my love for Christ and broadens my knowledge of Christianity,” said Dunn.


“It is a blessing to have The Voices of Praise on campus,” said Campus Chaplain Carla Williamson. “Chris has been a leader and has helped keep The Voices of Praise together. I began as Chaplain for the University the same year Chris started as a student. Chris has matured holistically over these past four years and I have am going to miss him a great deal when he graduates in December.”


The Voices of Praise is comprised of 16 UMO students, who all share the same passion. Recently, the group performed at a benefit concert for a Brain Trauma Awareness Campaign. All the proceeds went to the ReNu Life Rehab Center in Goldsboro, NC. “It was awesome to be able to use our talent to help raise money and awareness for a great cause,” noted Dunn.


With graduation fast approaching, Dunn expressed that he is thankful for the opportunities that UMO and the Voices of Praise have given him. “The Voices of Praise continually influences me to become a better Christian and a better person not just in my public life, but also in my private and academic life,” said Dunn. “Also, double majoring in English and history while participating in the music group has taught me to work to my full potential and to seek new challenges.”


In the future, Dunn plans on receiving a master’s degree in teaching so he can spread his enthusiasm for English and history. Dunn also plans on becoming a licensed minister in the Church of God of Prophecy, so he can continue his purpose of spreading faith.


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit