This song by Yvette Flunder just keeps going and going and for good reason; you can’t get enough of it. She is such a powerful singer and her City of Refuge choir is terrific.
Rev. Dr. Yvette A. Flunder (born July 29, 1955 in San Francisco, California) is an American preacher, singer, and senior bishop of the City of Refuge UCC in Oakland, California.
- There's Power In His Name - Pts I & II Yvette Flunder & C.O.R.P.E. 10:40
Flunder was raised in the Church of God in Christ. In 1984 she began singing and recording with Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir. She was later ordained by Hawkins. In response to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, Flunder founded several not-for-profit enterprises in the San Francisco Bay Area providing services for people affected by HIV: Hazard-Ashley House, Walker House, Restoration House and the Ark of Refuge, Inc., which later became the Y. A. Flunder Foundation.
In 1991, she founded the City of Refuge under the United Church of Christ, “in order to unite a gospel ministry with a social ministry”. Flunder earned a Certificate of Ministry Studies and a Master of Arts in 1997 from the Pacific School of Religion, before earning her Doctor of Ministry degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2001. In 2000 she founded the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a trans-denominational coalition of Christian churches who “desire to celebrate and proclaim the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ”.
Flunder’s spouse is Shirley Miller, the niece of Walter Hawkins; they have been committed partners since the mid-80s.