Rev. Rebekah Lawson
Rev. Rebekah Lawson began ministering through music at the tender age of three through age eighteen in groups like Children Around the World, Fishers of Men, and King’s Kids/YWAM. She grew up traveling in South Carolina and Florida with her evangelistic parents, and was under the leadership of Benny Hinn at Orlando Christian Center. She finished her BA in Music from Anderson College in Anderson, SC and her Masters in Divinity at Anderson University School of Theology in Anderson, IN. While in college she sang with her school’s black gospel ensemble, as well as the college choir and in seminary was the student director of her Seminary Chorus. She has several CD’s out and is working on her 6th at this time. She participated in internships with Dana Russell (a local singing evangelist) for 1-year, with Tim Pecorarow at Mount Zion Christian Fellowship (producer/music minister) for 2-years, studied jazz vocals with Janice Jaffe. Out of connections from The Scottish Society of Indianapolis Celtic Rain began. After jest of playing with her husband Samuel Lawson Rev. Rebekah started Isaiah’s Cry, Celtic Rain, and The Lute & The Lady. Realizing that they meld together so well they have fussed the groups and are now known as Celtic Rain. Celtic Rain and has played several places around Indianapolis and has played at the Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival for since 2010. As Isaiah’s Cry they toured all over the mid-west and south
Rev. Rebekah ministry has been wide. She has worked in the leadership of Haven of Hope (a hands on ministry to the marginalized teens and 20’s), developed and leads a youth program at the Scottish Society of Indianapolis, was the Contemporary Music and Arts Director at Wabash First United Methodist Church, the Music Minister at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Sewickley, PA, Children’s Choir Director at Friedens UCC, rotational pastor at Fort Benjamin Harrison Veterans Manorial Chapel, and head pastor at Indy Connection Church. While teaching voice lessons, guest preaching, and leading her conferences she has time to homeschool their son. Rev. Rebekah has participated in a ministry mentorship at Fairview Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Koppitch and Jennifer Loeb and at Greenwood Presbyterian Church with Rev. Cheryl Montgomery. Her ordination process started at Fairview Presbyterian with the Presbyterian Church USA and ended on December 27th, 2013 as Rev. Cheryl Montgomery and her father, Rev. Dr. Terry Eubanks proceeded over her ordination. Rev. Rebekah is in the AMG Artists Music Guild and is looking forward to what the future holds.
Samuel Lawson is a classical guitarist with the degree of Master of Music from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, and has recently entered the Doctor of Arts programme at Ball State University. He has made his own way performing, teaching, and writing music in Indiana, South Carolina, and Pittsburgh, PA, and has toured performing classical and jazz guitar with his wife and vocalist, Rebekah, through the south-eastern U.S., parts of California and the hostels of Scotland. While studying under Brett Terrell, professor of guitar, and Dr. James Briscoe, professor of music history, at Jordan College of Music, Butler University, Samuel gained a preference for a recital-lecture format rather than a traditional recital. Recently he has also started gaining a reputation as a public speaker for the Indianapolis Scottish Society, the Indiana Society of the Classical Guitar, and his own recital-lectures. One of these programmes demonstrates parallel movements in music and visual art history, and another leans more towards his cherished Scottish heritage. He also performs on sunday afternoons 12:30-2:30 at Barcelona Tapas restaurant in downtown Indianapolis.Samuel’s repertoire includes works from every century since the High Renaissance of Europe and Britain. A typical performance may range from lute songs by John Dowland, which he also sings, to modern works by living composers, like Apostolos Paraskevas and Anton Garcia Abril. His performances also include a significant jazz catalogue, with Jobim’s Brazilian Bossa Novas, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and other songs by great jazz composers, which he can play solo or as accompaniment to vocalist Rebekah Lawson. Celtic song and dance music also makes up a rich portion of the repertoire, many of which Samuel Lawson performs on Guitar or on 16th century lute it the music’s original form.Samuel prefers an ideological approach to his musical career goals, believing that there is no area of life that is not touched by music. When building a programme, he picks music because it is enjoyable to play, to hear, and often for its relationship to other mediums of art or historical significance. Concert attendees are invited to enjoy the music purely for its own sake, or to enjoy the deep significance a work may have to other aspects of life.