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Pope to Widener: Bernard Pinder Sings For All

October 3, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ’15

Widener Safety Officer Bernard Pinder can be found in the booth next to Old Main as he directs cars and informs visitors about Widener. But what you may not know is that he is also a world-traveled gospel singer.

Pinder has been singing since junior high. He has participated in numerous singing groups, and recorded dozens of gospel songs, leading many choirs with his booming voice. From Japan – one of Pinder’s favorite stops – to Spain, Italy, and all over Europe, Pinder has treated many with a tune.

Pinder, who was profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2007, has sung from small church settings to the Vatican.  When Pope John Paul II entered the room, Pinder said,  “The energy just rose. It was awesome.”

Pinder continues to sing as a hobby, and was recently asked by Widener Trustee Tom Bown ’67 to sing at the President’s Council Dinner on September 29.  He sang “Amazing Grace” and the “Star Bangled Banner.”

“It was exciting, first class all the way,” Pinder said.  “It reminded me of jazz festivals I’ve sung for.”

Autumn Heisler is a sophomore from Allentown, Pa., majoring in creative writing and English.

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One comment

  1. Wow. Thank you for sharing such an interesting story. Mr. Pinder always wears a great smile and I love chatting with him! He truly has made the world a better place. Teresa Falvey Widener Student Health Class of 2007



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