Here’s a taste of the piece:
Dwight Thomas ’70 started . . . the Song Folk . . . in 1969. “During the late ’60s, the church was only beginning to embrace contemporary styles in worship, and prior to the Song Folk, Messiah had no formally endorsed music group of the sort,” says Thomas, who is now an assistant professor of music at Messiah. “We took our musical inspiration from a popular group of the time called the Seekers.”
The article makes no explicit connection between the Song Folk and the Brethren in Christ Church — though it stands to reason that the group performed at more than a few church-sponsored events, as Messiah College singing groups were (and still are) known to do.
It would be interesting to know how conservative Brethren in Christ audiences responded to the seemingly “worldly” musical stylings of the Song Folk.