I am quite excited to be joining Saint Mark’s as your organist and working with Pastor Vicki, Matt Bester, and the choirs of this parish. And I very much welcome the prospect of getting to know you and thought I’d get the ball rolling by sharing a little bit about myself.
The son of two educators, I grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania in a small town not far from Pittsburgh. My aunt played a key role in fostering an early interest in music, later paving the way for my first opportunities to study the organ and play for services in our local Methodist church. My grandmother, too, provided a gentle nudge toward the organ, and my parents, throughout my youth, were fully supportive and engaged in helping me to develop musically. I attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, earning a degree in English while also studying organ and serving as the college’s chapel organist. From that point on, no matter what I did full-time for a living or where I happened to live, I was always able to find a church to serve.
In 1987 I started working with the State Farm group of companies as a casualty claims adjuster. This proved a rewarding career and, in 2017, I was afforded the opportunity to take early retirement. Already working as a part-time organist/choir director, I found myself with even more time to pursue my interest in music and, specifically, the organ. Over the years since graduation, I’ve been fortunate to have had opportunities to study organ privately with a number of terrific teachers, continuing those studies even today.
In 1995 I relocated to the Toledo area where I met my partner, Rob. Between the two of us, we have six adult children, all successfully ‘launched’, and four grandchildren. We have lived in Columbus since 2007 and make our home in Italian Village.
I count it a privilege and an honor to have been invited to come to Saint Mark’s. I am very grateful to Matt Bester, Pastor Vicki, and the search committee for the professionalism, courtesy and warmth they showed to me throughout the hiring process. Once again, I am delighted to be part of your music ministry.