It is a Sunday evening service at Seaview Baptist Church. Because it is a less formal service, we sing lots of hymns - lots of hymns. Headed by this pastor with a beautiful baritone voice, it is a singing church. Upon reaching the second or third verse of the hymn, Russell Watterberg stops and says "Let's have a quartet on this verse" and proceeds to call out people in the congregation, assigning the four parts. It wasn't until years later that I realized this wasn't standard procedure in all churches.

I am a musician by trade - a singer, accompanist, and voice teacher. I can trace a large part of the foundation of my skill set back to Seaview Baptist Church and Russ Watterberg's modeling and encouragement of music.

A while back I swung by the Dunes Camp to make sure Russ knew of my gratitude. I was the one most rewarded by this visit.

Though frail, Russ gave me a historical run-through of the progress of that camp. What a work - a work that not only serves church campers but the whole Peninsula community.

At the end of the time he told a story about my father which I won't go into here but is lovely and precious to me.

There was an unvarnished bluntness to this hard-working man. My father, who was not a church-going man, none the less respected Russ greatly, saying "Russ Watterberg knows how to work!"

Thank you, Russell, for the work of your hands, always dedicated to God.

Susan Windham

Spokane

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