Introducing our instructor of the day Mr. Tyler R. Gruttemeyer. Tyler Gruttemeyer is about to embark on his 3rd year as the Director of Vocal Music at South High Magnet School in Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha South is proud to be the Visual and and Performing Arts, Duel Language and Informational Technology Magnet High School for the Omaha Public Schools District. He received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the spring of 2013. At South he proudly directs the Concert Choir, Radiance and Ambassadors Show Choirs, and the a Cappella ensemble. He is currently the interim director of the Faith Singers High School Chorus at Countryside Community Church, and the biggest Nebraska Cornhusker fan around.
Peggy Jones has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting, drawing, and printmaking from UNL. She has exhibited her art around the country, winning first prize in a Nebraska Association of Art Teachers exhibit. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council for her play, The Journey, about Aaron Douglas, arguably the Father of African American Art. He was the first Black graduate from the art department at UNL in 1922. It has been performed in 2013 at the Rose Theater, and at UNO & UNMC in February, 2015. She is also in the Speaker’s Bureau of Humanities Nebraska on the topic, Aaron Douglas, UNL ’22. She is an Associate Professor of Black Studies at UNO.
Rev. Dr. Selwyn Q. Bachus was born in Helena, Arkansas but relocated shortly after with his family to Kansas City, Kansas, where his father still serves as pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Pastor Bachus accepted Christ at an early age and accepted his “call to the ministry” while a freshman in college. The former public elementary school teacher originally decided to work part-time in the ministry, but sensed the call to further prepare himself for full-time ministry.
Pastor Bachus received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Emporia State University, the Master of Divinity from the School of Theology of Virginia Union University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and the Doctorate of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio.
Pastor Bachus served as the Senior Pastor of First Union Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia and the Shiloh Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio before being called as Senior Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He is married to the former Marla Shirley and has two sons: Selwyn Q. Bachus II and Myles Christian Jerome Bachus.
Pastor Bachus is a firm believer that a strong intimate relationship with God combined with a commitment to education has helped him to achieve in his life and he readily recommends this to today’s youth.
Pastor Bachus was recognized as one of the top 20 young pastors to watch in the nation by the African-American Pulpit Journal (Summer 2005). This year he will celebrate over 10 years as Senior Pastor of Salem and over 30 years of preaching.
Memberships and Affiliations:
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; Ohio Baptist General Convention, Statistical Secretary; Dayton Baptist Ministers Union; Baptist General Convention of Virginia; Tuckahoe Baptist Association of Virginia, Third Vice Moderator; Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond, Virginia, Financial Secretary, Second Vice President; and NAACP Member.
Ananias Montague, Camp Director and Minister of Music and Fine Arts
Ananias “Markey” Montague was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He has worked with Richard Smallwood, Ricky Dillard, Kim McFarland, Lyle Lovett and many others. He has also toured Europe spreading the Gospel through song. Ananias is currently working on a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Biblical Studies. His motto is “Be authentic in everything”.