Ambassador Youth Choir
The Ambassador Youth Choir is a ministry of the Riverdale Assembly of God Church. Pastors Charles and Wilma Spencer came to the small community of Riverdale, Ca (Pop. 2500) 46 years ago to pioneer a new church. Today with attendance at 450 and a new 900 seat sanctuary, this vibrant country church has produced a solid group of 70 teens excited about their faith and eager to share it through their music and personal testimonies.
Twenty-four years ago the Youth Choir was organized by music directors Jimmy and Darla Davis. The choir has ministered in approximately 40 states from California to New York. Jimmy Davis, the choir’s pianist, writes most of the music and arranges all of the material for the choir; his wife, Darla, directs the choir.
Jimmy is proud of the youth and their commitment to the choir. He quotes, “These kids are dedicated to what they do. The choir is strictly volunteer but they are rarely absent from practice and work hard to be their best. My wife and I have taught most of these high school students since they were in elementary school (Riverdale Christian Academy). We are like one big family. When you travel together as much as we have, you get to know one another very well and even though they are typical imperfect teenagers, I know they believe in what they sing.”
The choir is often called to perform patriotic selections in local community events including political rallies for various politicians ranging from local politicians to Presidential candidates including Bob Dole and President George W Bush. In 1992 the choir traveled for two weeks in Russia spending most their time ministering to former underground churches in the Ukraine.