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4/19/2015
West Michigan Chapter - Organ Concert featuring Lynne Davis

National Fellowship Council
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2013-2015 Council

President

Shall be the representative of the organization to The United Methodist Church and preside at all meetings of The Fellowship and national council. Shall monitor the progress of the Nominating Committee and the Election Committee and serve ex officio on all other committees.



Rev. Joseph Stobaugh

Joe is a deacon in full connec­tion currently serving as the Executive Minister of Worship and Arts at Grace Avenue UMC in Frisco, TX. He has served in rural, suburban, exurban and urban contexts. Joe holds the Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas (saxo­phone concentration). He has been a featured clinician, lecturer and preacher in the areas of music ministry and worship at numerous national conventions while serving in a variety of roles in the North Texas Annual Confer­ence. Joe served as the Worship Committee Chairperson for the 2009 national Fellowship convocation.


President-Elect

Shall preside in the absence of the President and monitor the following committees and/or awards: Seminarian Award, Roger Deschner Award Committee, Scholarship Committee, and Lloyd Pfautsch Memorial Anthem Committee.



Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett

Laura is a clergy member of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference (UMC), where she is conference secretary and previously chaired the Order of Deacons. She headed the OR-ID delegation to General Conference in 2012. Laura is ap­pointed as the program director of the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, a United Method­ist adult ministry setting near Portland. In that role she created the Liturgical Arts Renewal@Collins series of worship workshops. She is also the minister of music and worship at the Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church.

Laura was on the design team for the 2005 Fellowship Convocation in San Francisco, working with Tom Troeger on morning worship and with David Bone to design the evening services. She has served on the national Council as jurisdictional representative and as Chapter Coordi­nator. Currently a member of the WorshipArts Editorial Committee, Laura also writes for several other publica­tions, including the Abingdon Worship Annual and the Upper Room Disciplines.

A graduate of Lewis & Clark College (BA, music) and Boston University School of Theology (MSM, STM), Laura has led workshops and designed worship for a vari­ety of events across the country. She enjoys combining her gifts for organization and detail with her love of creativity.


Immediate Past President

Shall serve as the chair of the Nominating Committee and as chair and convener of the Past Presidents Council.



William P. (Bill) Carroll

Bill is retired as Associate Dean in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati, the Master of Music and the Master of Sacred Music degrees from Southern Methodist University, and the Bachelor of Music in piano from Millsaps College. Bill has served as guest conductor/clinician for more than 250 regional choral events—including on three occasions for The Fellowship at Music & Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, NC. He served a fifteen-year tenure as conductor of the Choral Society of Greensboro and in 1997 became Editor for Hinshaw Music. In 2001, North Carolina ACDA presented Bill with the Hoggard Award for distinguished service to the choral art. Carroll received the 2005 Award of Merit for distinguished service to the cultural life of the community by the Euterpe Federated Music Club of Greensboro, NC.


Recording Secretary

Shall keep minutes of all Convention Business Meetings, Council Meetings, and Board Meetings, submit a summary of the annual Council meeting to the official publication of The Fellowship; manage correspondence to the Council, Boards, and others as directed by the President; coordinate the work of the Archives Committee; serve on the Program Board and the Finance/Personnel Board.



Vikki Schwarz

Vikki is the Director of Music and Worship at Berkeley United Methodist Church in Austin, TX, and an Elementary Music Specialist in the Austin Independent School District. She has a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music Theory/Choral Conducting from Colorado State University. She serves a wide variety of areas in church ministry including conference music workshops, mission teaching and music leadership for United Methodist Women, Kairos Prison Ministry, Walk to Emmaus, and has recently worked with the Pilgrimage of Trust with three Brothers from the community of Taizé in the city of Austin.


Chapter Coordinator

Shall coordinate the work of the Chapter Coordinating Committee; monitor the annual Chapter Report process with the Executive Director; serve on the Program Board.



Joan FitzGerald

Joan has nearly 20 years experience as music director at three different United Methodist churches and currently as part-time choir director at McLeod Memorial Presbyterian Church in Bartow, FL. She is serving her final year as Workshop Chairperson for the Florida Chapter of The Fellowship. She has been a member of the Florida Chapter for 25 years and has served as District Representative, Historian, Secre­tary, Nominations Chairperson, as well as a member of various planning committees for the Florida Summer Workshop. Joan graduated 36 years ago from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL, with a BS in math­ematics, where she was a member of the Concert Band and Chorale. In her spare time she sings with the Lakeland Choral Society and enjoys scrapbooking.


Events Committee Chair

Shall coordinate the work of the Events Committee; address any event-related concern as directed by the Program Board or Council; serve on the Program Board.



Rev. Kevin Presley

Kevin is the Minister of Mu­sic and Worship at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN, where he directs two chancel choirs, a handbell choir, a youth choir and a chil­dren’s choir, and leads a paid and volunteer staff responsible for five additional choirs. He most recently served as Chair of the Design Team for The Fellowship’s Music and Wor­ship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, NC. Other Fellowship offices have included President of the Mid-South Chapter and Treasurer of the North Georgia Chapter. Prior to his 18 years in Memphis, he was Director of Music Ministries for Peachtree City United Methodist Church in Peachtree City, GA. Kevin has a Bachelor’s of Music from Southwest Baptist University, a Master’s of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University, and a Master’s of Voice Performance, also from SMU. He is an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church.


Membership Committee Chair

Shall coordinate the work of the Membership Committee; address any membership-related concern as directed by the Finance/Personnel Board or Council; shall serve on the Finance/Personnel Board.



Dr. Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Diana is currently the Director of Worship and Music at Westlake United Methodist Church in Austin, TX. She oversees 11 musical groups and helps develop the weekly worship services. She has also served on the annual conference music and worship committee, which plans annual conference worship each year, and on the national Council of The Fellowship. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting. She is also a gradu­ate of SMU Perkins School of Theology where she earned a Masters of Sacred Music and a Master of Music in Cho­ral Conducting through Meadows School of the Arts. Previously, Diana served as the Director of Church Music Resources at the General Board of Discipleship, Section on Worship. She was a staff consultant to the Hymnal Re­vision Committee which developed The United Methodist Hymnal, 1989, and to the United Methodist Book of Wor­ship, 1992. Diana continues to write and lead workshops in the field of global music.


Multicultural Committee Chair

Shall coordinate the work of the Multicultural Committee; address any multicultural concerns as directed by the Program Board or Council; serve on the Program Board.



Rev. Debra Tyree

Debra has been actively involved in church music all of her life. She is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church. Her current ministry setting is as Executive Secretary with The General Board of Global Ministries in the Global Praise program. Debi’s secondary appointment is to Minister of Music at Bellevue United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN, where she oversees the worship and music ministry of the church. Debra served the United Method­ist Publishing House as Music Resources Development Editor from 1999-2007. Her work there included serv­ing as managing editor of the magazine Church Music Workshop, editing a series of music leadership books, and editing a variety of music resources including an­thems, musicals, and songbooks. Previous appointments include Shady Grove UMC, Mechanicsville, VA, where she led the music and worship ministry that included 14 groups.


Music Areas Coordinator

Shall coordinate assigned Interest Areas; submit reports to the Program Board and Council on the tasks and accomplishments of each assigned area; use the appropriate Interest Area to address any issues related to that area as they arise; foster leadership within each area; be aware of leaders that should be nominated for other positions in The Fellowship; serve on the Program Board.



Amy Law

Amy is the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Stuttgart, AR, where she directs and plays for the chancel choir, a women’s ensemble and the adult, youth, and children’s handbell choirs. She also coordinates volunteers within the music department. Amy has served in a number of leadership roles with The Fellowship, including chair of the Design Team for Convocation 2007 and a variety of other national committees and task forces. She has also been active in the Arkansas chapter.


Worship Areas Coordinator

Shall coordinate assigned Interest Areas; submit reports to the Program Board and Council on the tasks and accomplishments of each assigned area; use the appropriate Interest Area to address any issues related to that area as they arise; foster leadership within each area; be aware of leaders that should be nominated for other positions in The Fellowship; serve on the Program Board.



Rev. Jay Regennitter

Jay is pastor of two diverse congregations in Bloomington-Normal, IL – Morningstar UMC and West Olive Faith UMC. In addition to his responsi­bilities of preaching, teaching, and administration, Jay leads the music ministry at Morningstar UMC, which in­cludes vocal and handbell choirs for youth and adults and their praise band. Jay has served as a lead pastor, associate pastor, music minister, and youth pastor in congregations of diverse size, ethnicity, and location. Jay has a bachelor’s degree in choral music education and a master’s degree in organ performance, both from Western Illinois University; he also holds the MDiv from Duke Divinity School. Jay has been serving as the Preaching Interest Area Chairperson for The Fellowship since 2010. In that role he and the Interest Area provide resources on preaching and worship design. Jay is an ordained elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he also serves as conference organist and an at-large member of The Fellowship chapter’s board.


Arts Areas Coordinator

Shall coordinate assigned Interest Areas; submit reports to the Program Board and Council on the tasks and accomplishments of each assigned area; use the appropriate Interest Area to address any issues related to that area as they arise; foster leadership within each area; be aware of leaders that should be nominated for other positions in The Fellowship; serve on the Program Board.



Joy Lamb

Joy is the Director of Worship Arts at the United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry, CT, where she directs choral, instrumental, and drama ministries, provides visuals for worship, and dances with "Jubilation Dancers.” Joy is Co-Director of UM Players, a church-based theatre group who performs community theatre productions. In addition, Joy teaches voice and piano in her private studio. She is also active at Ledyard High School serving as the Director of "Premier,” an auditioned a cappella women’s choir and as Assistant Director of the Drama Program. Joy is currently serving on the national Fellowship Council as the Arts Areas Coordinator; she served as the Dance Interest Area chair for four years.


Financial Advisory Committee Chair

Shall address any financial concern as directed by the Finance/Personnel Board or Council; coordinate the work of the Financial Advisory Committee; coordinate the work of the Annual Fund Committee; serve on the Finance/ Personnel Board.



Beverly McAlilly

Beverly is Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, MS. She received a BM in Organ Performance from Millsaps College and an MCM from Scarritt College. She chaired the Music Week at Lake Junaluska event from 1993-1997 when she was the SEJ Representative to the national Council. She served on design teams for the 2001 and 2005 Fellowship convoca­tions; chaired the Nominating Committee in 1999 and 2007; and served as national president of The Fellowship from 2003-2005.


At-Large Member



Rebecca Garrett

Rebecca is the Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, TX, where she enlivens worship through congregational song, directs vocal and handbell choirs for all ages, oversees the music staff and worship committee, and coordinates a concert series. She holds the Master of Sacred Music degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC. In addition to her service at First UMC, Rebecca serves on the Board of Directors for the Denton Wesley Foundation, a ministry of the United Methodist Church that serves the students of University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, and North Central Texas College. Her passions for worship arts reach far and wide, including global song, world drums and percussion, and the crafting of vibrant liturgies. She is new to The Fellowship National Council as of 2013.