Leading up to Palm Sunday, Dr. Allan Mosher of Canfield will be reciting the Book of Mark at Ellsworth Presbyterian Church, 11171 Akron-Canfield Road. He has spent the last 30 years memorizing and reciting what he calls ''The Greatest Story Ever Told.''
For Mosher, his fascination began when he was in college and read an article in Guidepost magazine about an actor by the name of Alec McGowen.
''Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote an article on McGowan doing the Gospel of Mark,'' Mosher said. ''After reading Dr. Peale's article, I thought I would love to try this too.''
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Dr. Allan Mosher will give a special presentation of the entire Gospel of Mark April 6 and 13 at Ellsworth Presbyterian Church. It has been his fascination for more than 30 years.
Mosher said in his high school years he fell in love with the sound of Shakespeare. One of his early desires was to act and in college he earned a degree in the theater arts before moving into the music field. Today he serves as a Professor of Music at the Dana School of Music on the YSU Campus.
In 1983, Mosher started memorizing the Book of Mark. It took him nine months to memorize all 16 chapters. Not long after, he began presenting it at small churches.
''People need to hear the narrative of the Gospel,'' he said. ''Mark was written for the Romans and he wasn't making it up. He got it straight from Peter, who was witness to it all.''
He said Mark covers the ministry of Jesus from the start to the tomb. It is therefore a perfect time of the year to present it. Mosher will do the first half on April 6 and the latter half on April 13, Palm Sunday.
He will also be joined by his wife Jennifer Jones Mosher, who is an accomplished opera singer. She will present the musical portion of the program.
The event with Mosher was put together by two Ellsworth churches. Bruce Irwin, pastor of the Ellsworth United Methodist Church has joined with Rev. Bonnie Dutton of the Ellsworth Presbyterian Church in the joint venture.
''We're very excited about it,'' said Dutton. ''The people are excited about hosting this event with the Methodist Church.''
Irwin said he had seen Mosher do the Gospel of Mark in 2002 at Cornerstone Baptist Church. He said at the end, Mosher called for Jones to approach the alter and he proposed to her there. Now the couple have combined their talent and passion into the special presentation.
The event will take place at 7 p.m. on both Sundays.