Worship & Arts Pastor
I’m so glad that you have taken the time to seek out a little bit more about the worship ministry at Teays Valley Church of God. We are enthusiastic about gathering together in worship, and we would love a chance to meet you in person. The growth in this area of ministry has been so exciting! Our worship band and praise team, which lead the services every week, is made up of youth and adults from our congregation that rotate singing and playing, and our 50+ voice choir, which sings twice a month, is for anyone ages 12 and up. We have also been developing an orchestra, and offer opportunities for anyone who has experience playing in high school band and beyond to utilize their gifts in our worship services. We embrace all fine arts and are purposeful in restoring our creative gifts back to God. On any given Sunday, along with instrumentalists and singers, you may also see dancing, chalk drawings or painting, sign language interpreting, spoken testimonies and inspiring stories, videos, and actors in skits using their gifts to glorify God.
We have recently upgraded our technology, again, with state of the art sound, lighting, and media, which aid us in tuning out the distractions of the world so we can focus solely on our worship time together and our relationship with God, and will beautifully enhance our Christmas and spring choral productions. One of the best features of our worship services is the freedom and authenticity with which everyone expresses themselves. No two people are exactly alike, and our body of worshippers are comfortable with being themselves, whether that is expressive or reserved. Everyone is welcome!
One of my theme verses for the worship ministry is Psalms 33:3 “Sing unto the Lord a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy!”
We all take that approach in the worship ministry and do our own personal best to bring a quality level of preparedness to the services, while having a blast! Each week we come expecting a special encounter with God, and ready to praise Him! I really hope you will come to a service soon and be filled-up and empowered by the presence of the Lord with us.
– Pastor Mandy
Mandy Bohm earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business (1994) from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from Marshall University in Huntington, WV (2001). She also extended her vocal training in New York City prior to grad school (1998). She has taught on the voice faculties at Marshall University and Kentucky Christian University, and continues teaching private voice lessons as well as group lessons to mentor students in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and New York. She has been married to Gary Bohm, founder of Expense Assist, since 1999, and their 3 children, Lexi, Ashley, and Ethan have always been an incredible blessing to their lives. Gary and Mandy moved to WV from Long Island, NY in 1998, and have been ministering at the Teays Valley Church of God since 2007. They have served in many leadership capacities in the church at large and have hosted Bible studies and small groups in their home. Gary leads the men’s Bible study at TVCOG, and, of course, is a NY Yankee fan! He spends many hours on the side of the house shooting hoops with Ethan and traveling with him to basketball games. Mandy also enjoys sports, especially basketball, having played on teams from age 6 through her sophomore year of college, but she most of her free time watching her daughters train and perform in the discipline of dance. Before becoming a worship pastor, Mandy was trained to sing in 8 languages, and performed leading roles in musicals and operas, and auditioned for the NY Metropolitan Opera National Council. She began leading worship in youth ministry in 1998, and realizing a passion for connecting people to God through music, continued accepting opportunities to engage in worship at Ladies’ Conventions all over the US, National Church of God Conventions, and was honored to be selected as a leader to the esteemed Global Gathering of the Church of God in 2013. Mandy has students who hold titles for Miss Teen USA Kentucky and Miss Teen USA West Virginia, Nationally ranked students in speech, a student in her second musical on Broadway in NYC, and is raising up a generation of worship leaders and lead worshippers at Teays Valley Church of God.