My mother was the dominant influence that led me to be a church musician for over half of my life. As a child, I watched her lead worship from the organ, direct choirs and set an example of faith and musicianship that I wanted to follow. She saw to it that her children had piano lessons and sang in choirs. When I went off to the University of KY to major in music education, she suggested that I try the organ to compliment my 12 years of piano.
Later I did graduate work in music education and flute at Columbia Teacher’s College in New York City. After moving to Nashville, I taught flute at Trevecca Nazarene University for 28 years and was a staff accompanist at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music for 13 years.
But my real calling has been fulfilled here at Donelson Presbyterian Church.
I started attending in 1983, joined the choir, played flute occasionally and served as the substitute organist. When the organist position became available in 1988, I was accepted for the job and retired in 2008 after serving for 20 years.
In 1994, our church began the LOGOS program on Wednesdays. It is a four-part program of Bible Study, Recreation, Family time and Worship Skills for ages 4 through high school. I have enjoyed teaching the children’s worship skills class in music, and handbells for the middle school and Sr. Highs since its beginning.
I cannot possible convey all the blessings provided to the children, parents and teachers through this program. All ages know each other, students sing in worship and are comfortable being liturgists, doing children’s messages, and acting as ushers. My joy is increased by seeing these young people and their parents grow in their faith together through this ministry.
God continues to open new doors and now I enjoy volunteer activities such as being a Pastoral Care Minister, and coordinating the Luke 14:12 volunteers from DPC that serve lunch to Room in the Inn guests. I also continue to teach in the LOGOS program, sing in the adult choir (a real joy after accompanying it all those years), play in the adult handbell choir and substitute at the organ.