Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ!
I bring with me a passion for loving God and loving our neighbors as our selves. I am particularly passionate about helping the church serve what our society calls the least, the lost and the lonely. In Matthew 25, Jesus calls us to serve him as he is found in our brothers and sisters who are seen as the stranger and those who are hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, and in prison. At the heart of my ministry is reminding each one of us that we are all beloved children of God.
I was born and raised in Thousand Oaks in Southern California. I am a cradle United Methodist, meaning that I have been a United Methodist all my life. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2001 when I began my studies at Seattle Pacific University. I met Nathan, my spouse, in 2005 at the Space Needle where we were both working. In 2008, we left the Pacific Northwest for three years while I earned my Master’s of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nathan and I enjoy reading (a lot!), hiking, road biking, gardening, car trips, relaxing on Orcas Island, and taking walks with our two German Shorthaired Pointers, Rogue and Rue.
If you are in need of Pastoral Care or would like to meet with me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church 253-927-3188 (Monday-Thursday).
Darrell says, "Music brings me deep and consistent worshipful experiences. I appreciate poets and lyricists who put beautiful words to our prayers, thoughts, wishes and celebrations. I am awed by composers and arrangers who give us the musical settings. I am grateful for and admire musicians and singers who present the music. I am happy that this congregation and our leaders are open to different styles of musical experiences. Although I may be most comfortable with hymns old and new and with a chancel choir, I thoroughly appreciate the variety of music Andrew and other instrumentalists and groups present."
"To volunteer my time to the music program at BPUMC is very rewarding. My time with the choir is enormously important. I enjoy the challenge of helping us prepare anthems and the Christmas Cantata. I love being around the singers and musicians - wonderful people. I find great joy in presenting anthems as a facet of our corporate worship almost weekly and pray that the music enhances your worship experience."
"Even though the commitment of presence and service (time) can, at times, seem demanding, I truly receive much more than I give. I am thankful to this church for providing a place for me."
Ken was born and raised in Billings Montana. He received his musical education at the University of Colorado in Boulder, among other places. For the past 26 years, Ken has been a professional pianist, organist, singer, arranger, and director in and around the Los Angeles area. He is a 35 year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and is a certified music judge in the organization. Ken relocated to the Seattle area in 2015 to become the musical director of "Northwest Sound" Men's Chorus in Bellevue. In addition, he is also directing the Jet Cities Chorus (SAI) in Federal Way, and also coaching quartets and singers throughout the Seattle area. Ken is also staff accompanist at Brown’s Point Methodist Church in Tacoma.
Ken's Society accomplishments include seven Gold medals with the Masters of Harmony, and three District Quartet Championships (RMD, FWD, EVG). He is also skilled at tuning and repairing pianos. In his spare time, Ken enjoys writing cantatas and arranging music, singing in quartets, collecting coins, reading, traveling, and watching historical documentaries. He currently resides in Federal Way, Washington with his partner, Jamaal Poston. Ken is very much looking forward to being a part of the Seattle music community, and continuing his lifelong passion of promoting the art of quartet singing and the perpetuation of the Barbershop Harmony Society.