I am happy to introduce you to the music and arts program at First Baptist Church. We are called to praise and worship our Lord with all of our being. Our unique blend of worshipers brings an eclectic style of worship reflecting the hearts of praise of believers from across the globe. While we value the traditional and historic music through the centuries of faith, we also welcome the fresh, contemporary praise that speaks to a new generation.
My own musical journey began as a young child, the fifth in a home with seven girls and one boy, raised in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Our musically gifted family enjoyed singing, dancing and playing music as frequent pastimes in the home. At the age of seven I was given my first musical instrument, a small chord organ. I studied organ with my elementary school music teacher who gave me lessons during her lunch time each week. In Jr. High I learned guitar and led music in our church youth group. Throughout my youth I participated in performing arts groups at all levels in church, public schools and universities. In 1980 I received a Bacholor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and was employed as a laboratory research specialist for twelve years. After graduating from college, I studied piano and voice, music theory and pedagogy classes at several local colleges and universities. Following the Lord’s call I accepted a position to direct a church choir and play the organ from 1983-1986 in Philadelphia. In 1988 I was asked to teach piano lessons at a Christian School, and after retiring from the laboratory, I was called to First Baptist of Willingboro in 1992 to serve as Music Director. In addition to being on staff at FBC part-time, I also teach private lessons in piano, voice, guitar and flute. My husband Tom, who heads up the Audio-Visual Ministry at the church, and I have raised two musical sons, one a recent graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois and the other in his last year of study at Drexel University.
It is such a great joy and privilege to sing and play for the best audience of all – the Lord God! Throughout the years here we have performed wonderful music with wonderful friends here at FBC. Our music program has come to include many children and teens from cantata style to musical drama. As the community and the times change, we continue to commit to a solid foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to the proclamation of His Word through our songs, hymns and spiritual songs. While the music and arts ministries can be demanding on our schedules, we receive so much blessing from the privilege to share God’s music with brothers and sisters in Christ and are always looking for those who are happy to share this joyful burden to be a part of the musical community.
Joyfully in Christ,