Jeffrey Paul Radford, 48, music director of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ for nearly three decades, died Monday, Aug. 12, at St. Francis Hospital and Health Center, Blue Island.
Mr. Radford was a 19-year-old pianist directing a South Side community choir in 1972 when he inquired about rehearsing at Trinity. Within months his 75-voice choir began singing during Sunday services.
In 1976 Mr. Radford became the church's music director. By the end of his 30-year career there, as many as 8,000 people were gathering weekly for Sunday services that included spirituals, anthems and hymns, as well as traditional gospel music directed by Mr. Radford.
The music he directed "was something from heaven," said Rev. Barbara J. Allen, th… Go to person page >