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Release date:October 16, 2006

Performance artist featured at chapel,evening rally

PLAINVIEW – Wesley Brainard, founder and director of Charakter: Ministry of the Arts, will perform his gospel presentations using mime and drama during the chapel service at Wayland Baptist University on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. and again that night in a 7 p.m. service open to area churches.

              A mime who trained at the Marcel Marceau School of Mime in Paris, France, Brainard travels nationwide ministering through one-man performances of gospel messages. He also has created shows using his talent titled Luke Comes to Life, Acts After the Passion and These Last Days, based on the book of Hebrews. He also teaches drama and mime workshops in various settings and helps missionary groups develop dramas for mission trips.

              Brainard earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre from Youngstown State University and his master’s degree from Oral Roberts University Seminary in Tulsa, Okla. His ministry, Charakter, is based in Tulsa.

              Since 1989, Brainard has ministered through the arts and has been seen on television in a variety of interview and performance situations. He performed with The New Company of Marcel Marceau in a production he helped create called “An Evening in Eden,” directed by Marceau.

              Charakter’s mission is to incorporate the arts into worship, education and evangelism and to reveal the mysteries of scripture through vivid imagery and passionate expression. Brainard’s personal goal is to restore the effective use of the dramatic arts to help audiences understand and respond to God’s invitation to salvation. He draws on the dramatic nature of Christ himself to create the picturesque performances he gives.

              “Before the events and words of Jesus were ever written, they were lived and spoken by Jesus himself,” Brainard says on the ministry’s Web site. “One doesn’t have to be very imaginative to conclude that Jesus must have been a captivating storyteller and teacher.”

              Both the chapel service at 11 a.m. and the 7 p.m. rally are open to the public of all ages. Area churches are encouraged to bring groups to attend the rally, which is free of charge. Both are sponsored by the Office of Church Services.