It has been a source of comfort and peace to have invited Jesus into my life around age 5. I’ve had a Rock to cling to during the turbulent teens, the “decision-making” twenties, and into the child-rearing (and now grandchildren-enjoying) years of life.
Born in Columbus, Ohio but raised mostly in St. Paul, Minnesota, I had 14 years of private piano instruction, with music theory and technique testing through the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. My earliest memory of being an accompanist goes back to fifth grade when I accompanied my elementary school choir for a Christmas concert. Never a fan of playing in front of people, God has definitely shown me that “where I’m weak, He is strong.”
Earning a B.A. in Business Administration at the University of Northwestern (Roseville, MN), I also took two years of music theory “just for fun.” That is something I never regretted! I also met my husband, Tim, at Northwestern and we married in January of 1984. We lived in Wisconsin (Go Packers!) until 1990 when Tim took a job with Westinghouse and we moved to Plum.
We have five grown children, all of whom played a musical instrument in school and church. Now we are watching as our grandchildren show interest in singing and playing various instruments.
I was always involved musically at whatever church I attended, the most recent being music director at the Presbyterian Church of Plum Creek for 6 years before coming to Living Word in 2018, where I’m also the treasurer. I am also a bookkeeper and payroll administrator for two other non-profit organizations in Monroeville, PA.
My aim as music director is to present music that glorifies God and uplifts His people’s spirits, and to encourage others with musical gifts to “come up front” and offer them as a musical offering to our Creator.