Dr. Phoebe Lenear
Born into a family of singers and instrumentalists, it was only natural for Phoebe Lenear to continue the musical legacy. The eighth of ten children, Phoebe grew up singing in the home basement with her siblings and cousins, later to be known as The Slaughter Singers. Leading out as a soloist, Phoebe gave her special interpretation to two gospel classics: Walter Hawkins' “Goin' Up Yonder” and “Changed.”
Continuing her musical expression upon entering college, Phoebe quickly distinguished herself as a singer of exceptional musical and interpretative ability. She has appeared with the University of Illinois Black Chorus as a signature voice and with noted artists, including the late Thomas Whitfield, V. Michael McKay, Minister A. Jeffrey LaValley, Rev. K. Edward Copeland, Brian Courtney Wilson, and Willie Wilson & Company.
In Spring 2012, Phoebe released her highly anticipated debut gospel album, Consecrated. The album is a compilation of psalms, hymns,praise and traditional gospel music. Her music is described as soothing, soulful, moving, powerful, and anointed.
In 2016, Phoebe was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer and fearlessly endured two major surgeries and several months of intensive chemotherapy. She rests in the finished work of Jesus Christ and declares, "By His stripes, I am healed!!! During her cancer journey, she was inspired to write and record a song, “Prevailing Faith” and publish a book, “Prevailing Faith—Seeing Victory before Seeing Victory: My Journey through the Valley of Ovarian Cancer.” Released in Spring 2017, this dynamic duo is a must-have in your library and music collection. They are guaranteed to inspire, encourage and strengthen the reader and listener.
In March 2018, Phoebe was selected as a finalist to perform in the Stellar Awards' Inaugural Independent Artist Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her elegance, poise, and engagement with the audience were par excellent. To see the full showcase, click here. She gives all glory to God and KNOWS that this is just the beginning. Her gift has made room for her!
Phoebe Lenear is committed to excellence in Christian music ministry and maintains active participation. She attends Grace Fellowship of Champaign, Illinois, where Rev. Dr. Harold Davis is the Senior Pastor. At Grace, Phoebe serves in the Music, Teaching, and Finance ministries. She is the mother of two adult sons, Stephen Michael and Christopher Daniel, and the proud "Nina" of one adorable grandson, Zane Greyson.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Phoebe Lenear holds the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in General Engineering (Mathematics and Human-Computer Interaction), and the Ph.D. degree in Human Resource Education (Technology Education) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Lenear is the Founding President and CEO of the Center for Educational Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CEESTEM), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose goal is to increase underrepresented minority youth participation in the STEM fields by: (1) providing hands-on STEM instruction, mentoring and support to youth enrolled in 5th through 12th grades, (2) involving parents in the education of their children, and (3) engaging youth in the study and appreciation of fine and applied arts. In Fall 2017, CEESTEM enrolled its first students! “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV)
Dr. Lenear is a Technology Transfer Officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where she assists research staff in identifying appropriate authorities and negotiating agreements for entering into research and development partnerships with industry, academia, and non-Federal government agencies.
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