Bunkertown Men’s Chorus marks 83 years

To the editor:

Eighty-three years ago, a group of men formed a singing group. Over time, the group became known as the Bunkertown Men’s Chorus. Currently, the chorus is composed of men — and one woman who accompanies them on the piano — from 11 congregations throughout Central Pennsylvania who share a common goal: sharing the gospel in song.

While none of the original members remain, some have been part of the group for many of those 83 years. Notably, Wayne Goodling, of McAlisterville, has been with the chorus since 1947, and is still actively singing.

On Monday, the chorus will begin practicing for a new year of singing. Practices are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 8 p.m. at the Bunkertown Church of the Brethren. Any Christian man who wishes to join this ministry is invited to do so. All voice parts and levels of experience are


The chorus leads worship services in song at area churches, nursing homes, and Island Grove camp meeting. Programs are usually scheduled on Sunday evenings, as many of the men in the chorus have responsibilities in their home congregation during Sunday mornings. At singing engagements, the chorus frequently shares their theme song: “Let the Lord have His way, in your heart every day. There’s no peace, there’s no rest, ’til the Lord has His way. Place your life in His hands, rest secure in His plans. Let the Lord, oh, let the Lord have His way.”

This short chorus sums up the vision of the Bunkertown Men’s Chorus.

If any church would like schedule the chorus to come share or any other information is needed please contact chorus president Larry Sellers at 463-3484.

Daniel Smith