The late Otis Skillings was a widely respected musician, arranger, composer, orchestra conductor, concert pianist, workshop clinician, and lecturer. He first came to prominence in the early 1970's with his trend-setting musicals LIFE and LOVE. Among his original songs are favorites like The Bond of Love and Lord, We Praise You. His music has been featured at the world conventions of many denominations and his songs appear in many leading hymnals. Otis' work has been performed in the White House and at the Democratic National Conventions. He won numerous musical honors on city, state, and national levels. Prior to his death in 2004, he directed the Sunday morning music and worship at Temple Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois.