Members of The Fellowship will be electing new national Board members in March. The Nominations Committee has completed its work and submits the following report for consideration.

Please note: Members have the right to make additional nominations. If other names are added to the slate from the membership, these names, along with the names below, will comprise the final ballot.

To make additional nominations, please follow these guidelines:

  • Confirm that your nominee is willing to serve in one of the specific offices listed above. Request descriptions of the offices from the national office (800-952-8977 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Enlist at least 25 members to send a statement of support for your nominee. These statements of support must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Victoria Schwarz, Recording Secretary, National Fellowship Office, PO Box 24787, Nashville, TN 37202. These statements must be received no later than February 15, 2019.

Voting will be available in March.

Nominations Committee Report: Executive Board 2019-2021

President-Elect

The President-Elect presides in the absence of the President, meets monthly with the Executive Board and with Working Groups as needed, and appoints the Nominations Committee for the upcoming biennium.

Nancy Farrington

Nancy FarringtonGeographic Region: North Central U.S.
Ethnicity: White
Clergy/Lay: Lay
Current Ministry & Setting: Music Director, Stevensville UMC, Stevensville, MI

I serve a congregation in Southwest Michigan with 125-175 in weekly attendance and a strong music program. My colleague and I collaboratively lead the children's and adult choirs, handbells, praise band, and instrumental ensemble. I also coordinate the work of the visual/media design team. I hold a bachelor's degree in music therapy from Michigan State University.

As the daughter of a church musician, I grew up in the church and in The Fellowship. In my youth, our family attended Fellowship convocations together. I loved being immersed in music and worship, singing in children and youth choirs, making new friends and renewing old ones. As an adult, I reclaimed my connection with The Fellowship. Attending chapter and national events has offered me opportunities for resourcing, relationship, and spiritual renewal.

I'm fortunate to have served in several leadership roles: 2003 Convocation Design Team; 2007-2011 Council Recording Secretary, and 2017 Convocation Worship Team Co-Chair. My skills in planning, organization, and collaboration contributed to success in these roles. As President-Elect, I will utilize these strengths to engage and motivate other Fellowship leaders, as we work together to continue the important work of The Fellowship – supporting worship leaders as they create authentic experiences that connect people with God.

Kay C Barckley

Kay BarckleyGeographic Region: Western U.S.
Ethnicity: White
Clergy/Lay: Clergy
Current Ministry & Setting: Worship Design, University Temple UMC, Seattle, WA

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19a NIV)

Isaiah's words guide me on my journey in ministry as a Deacon, a leader, and in my spiritual life ... for they speak of possibility and hope, of vision and transformation. My passion for liturgy and worship evolved through varied experiences in worship arts: Urban church appointment in Worship Design/Spiritual Formation; Chair, Worship Design Team – 2006 International UMC Clergywomen's Convocation; writing liturgy; preaching; and liturgical dance.

A multi-colored woven tapestry – a guiding image for me as a leader and which I will bring to the Fellowship Board and in the position of President-Elect. This tapestry includes my leadership gifts as a transformational and servant leader, who serves with integrity, authenticity, empathy and with emotional intelligence ... A strand as a trailblazer/innovator, guiding the Board in discerning the "new thing" God is doing in our midst ... Strands of stewarding the ongoing work of the Board, connecting and networking within and outside the Board and illuminating the work of The Fellowship ... A strand of being collaborative and team-focused ... Strands of strong organizational skills and attention to detail ... And, standing in the gap to notice and wonder which strands are missing from the Board's tapestry. I lead from a foundation of worshipful work, which is undergirded with skills in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, and consensus-building.

 

Vice President of Administration

The Vice President of Administration maintains oversight of the Administration Working Group and all its tasks, convening meetings of the Working Group at least monthly. This group is charged with addressing the financial management, personnel, and long-range financial concerns of The Fellowship, as well as other issues as assigned by the Executive Board. The Administration Working Group includes the Vice-President of Administration, the Financial/Personnel Coordinator, the Development Coordinator, and other committee leaders or at-large members as needed.

Douglas F. Grogan

Douglas GroganGeographic Region: North Central U.S.
Ethnicity: White
Clergy/Lay: Lay
Current Ministry & Setting: Director of Music Ministries, First UMC, Peoria, IL

I am honored to be nominated for the Executive Board of The Fellowship. For eight years I have joyfully served at FUMC Peoria and for six years as a music educator at Illinois Central College. I have had the privilege to serve on the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Chapter of The Fellowship as a member, chair for two terms, and currently as secretary. In addition, I have served on the Townsend School of Music Alumni Board of Mercer University for nine years and the Board of Directors for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for three years. Each of these leadership positions has given me the chance to strengthen the organization by looking for new opportunities, identifying challenges, creating solutions, and casting vision.

The staff covenant of my church states, "We will work as a team with supportive relationships to help each other succeed." I live into this covenant daily and look forward to bringing this cooperative mindset to The Fellowship. My hope for our organization is that we will lean into the future by providing fellowship, worship, and leadership training opportunities for future generations.

I earned my bachelor degrees in music and biology from Mercer University and a master of music in choral conducting from Mississippi College.

Peggy Preston

Peggy PrestonGeographic Region: South Central U.S.
Ethnicity: White
Clergy/Lay: Lay
Current Ministry & Setting: Director of Worship Arts, Aldersgate UMC, Nixa, MO

During my thirty-year teaching career as a vocal music and computer skills instructor, I volunteered in several churches – interim choral director, pianist/keyboardist, vocalist, children's music/drama director. Serving as the full-time Director of Worship Arts at Aldersgate UMC in Nixa, MO, since January 2013 has been very enjoyable and rewarding as I oversee the talented musicians (chancel choir, worship teams, handbell choir), audio, media, and visual teams in a growing church of around 650 weekly attendees with three unique worship services.

My background also includes service on the Missouri Public School/Public Education Employee Retirement System Board of Trustees, Southwest Region Missouri State Teacher Association as board member and president, and as CONTACT magazine editor on the Missouri PTA Board of Managers. My completion of Trevecca Nazarene University's Worship Arts certification program (2016) offered unique opportunities to share, interview, and team with outstanding worship leaders throughout the world.

Specific skills I bring to this position include clear communication, empowering others to serve and lead, formulating solutions to problems, and collaborating with intergenerational teams. I find joy in learning new things, editing, brainstorming ideas, color coding, and "finding fun" in work. Thank you so much for your consideration; I would truly enjoy serving The Fellowship.

 

Vice President of Community

The Vice President of Community maintains oversight of the Community Working Group and all its tasks, convening meetings of the Working Group at least monthly. This group is charged with addressing chapter, membership, and fellowship/community-related concerns of The Fellowship, as well as other issues as assigned by the Executive Board. The Community Working Group includes the Vice-President of Community, the Chapter Coordinator, the Membership Coordinator, and other committee leaders or at-large members as needed.

Yasmin Bradshaw

Yasmin BradshawGeographic Region: Southeastern U.S.
Ethnicity: Black
Clergy/Lay: Lay
Current Ministry and Setting: Music Director, Main Street UMC, Columbia, SC

A little bit about myself: I graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Music Education degree – Voice emphasis, and I am currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of South Carolina. This is my first year as choral director at Hand Middle School, where I teach three levels of chorus and general music classes. I also serve as the music director at Main Street United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia, SC. When I venture to regional and national conferences for my professional organizations, I truly enjoy interacting and networking with different groups of people.

I am also a passionate advocate for diversity, especially in the arts, so seeing that diversity mirrored across the chapters of the Fellowship would be a vision that I would like to see come to fruition. I believe that leadership through service and compassion is the way to unite people from all walks of life toward a common goal.

Bodie Gilbert

Bodie GilbertGeographic Region: South Central U.S.
Ethnicity: Latino
Clergy/Lay: Clergy
Current Ministry & Setting: Associate Pastor of Music & Worship, Westbury UMC, Houston, TX

With bachelor and master degrees in church music from Baylor University and the Master of Divinity from Truett Seminary, I come from a theologically-diverse, academically-rich ecumenical tradition. As a millennial, I have served in full-time ministry for over ten years. And as a worship pastor, I am most alive when I am connecting with people – growing a comprehensive program that is stylistically diverse and multigenerational.

Following in a vital legacy of inclusivity at Westbury United Methodist Church in Houston, TX, I serve as the first openly gay clergyperson in a congregation whose mission is to be "a church for all people with more than enough love to go around." Each day in the local church, I seek to embody the values of connectedness and authentic relationship. I believe that is the best way to do ministry.

In the same way, I believe that The Fellowship's greatest strength is its ability to bring worship artists together to discover a community of support and enrichment. I believe in promoting an inclusive Fellowship that celebrates all people and facilitates opportunities for meaningful connections that help us better make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

 

Vice President of Content

The Vice President of Content maintains oversight of the Content Working Group and all its tasks, convening meetings of the Working Group at least monthly. This group is charged with addressing event, communication, and content related concerns of The Fellowship, as well as other issues as assigned by the Executive Board. The Content Working Group includes the Vice-President of Content, the Events Coordinator, the Publications and Media Coordinator, and other committee leaders or at-large members as needed.

Catherine Nance

Catherine NanceGeographic Region: Southeastern U.S.
Ethnicity: White
Clergy/Lay: Lay
Current Ministry & Setting: Director of Music Ministries, St. John's UMC, Aiken, SC

I am a native of South Carolina and the daughter of a United Methodist clergy and dedicated pastor's wife. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (voice) at Converse College in South Carolina, Master's Degree in Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and recently earned my doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies. I have taught voice and music appreciation as well as served as the music director for the theater department at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. I have enjoyed working in community theater both onstage and off-stage as music director.

In 2001, I answered God's call to full-time church work and became the Director of Music Ministries at St. John's UMC in Aiken. I direct choirs of all ages, handbells, and oversees all worship aspects of the services held in the sanctuary. I love teaching and enjoy being one of the confirmation leaders each year.

I am comfortable with technology but also am keenly aware that nothing takes the place of human contact through good teamwork and exchange of creative thoughts and ideas. The Fellowship has so much to offer in its ability to draw on the skills of its members from all over the country and from many different sizes of churches. I welcome the chance to serve a second term as we continue to explore ways to meet the needs of our members through print, social media and our website.

Dakota Lee Hill

Dakota Lee HillGeographic Region: Southeastern U.S.
Ethnicity: White
Clergy/Lay: Lay transitioning to Clergy
Current Ministry & Setting: Director of Music & Worship Arts, First UMC, Dyersburg, TN

Hello! My name is Dakota Hill, and I am the Director of Music & Worship Arts at FUMC Dyersburg, TN. I am newly married to my beautiful bride Scarlet. In my current appointment I direct two children's choirs, the Adult Parish Choir, and oversee the handbell choir. I also have an active role in planning worship each week with our clergy staff.

I have been an active member of The Fellowship for two years, beginning with my first visit to The Lake in 2016. I have enjoyed getting to meet other Fellowship members while at Lake Junaluska for Music and Worship Arts Week as well as at the last Convocation in Little Rock, AR. I have a passion for all things worship-related, particularly learning and sharing ideas with fellow worship artists.

I believe that I am a good candidate for the Fellowship Board because I am creative, a good multitasker, and am interested in creating new opportunities for our membership. I have the ability to empower other voices and encourage creative problem-solving.

 

Previously Elected Positions

President: Leigh Anne Taylor (Southeastern U.S.)

Immediate-Past President: Shawn Gingrich (Northeastern U.S.)

 

Additional Officers

In addition to the officers listed above, the following officers will be appointed by the Executive Board, in consultation with the Nominations Committee, in April, following the election:

  • Recording Secretary
  • Financial/Personnel Coordinator
  • Development Coordinator
  • Chapter Coordinator
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Publications and Media Coordinator