Ask Bryan Babcock, The Fellowship’s March Member of the Month, about the greatest benefit of membership, and his response focuses on “the community of those who desire to create worship that stimulates the heart, mind, soul and aesthetic spirit.”
In his 36th year as Director of Music at Maynard Avenue UMC – a reconciling congregation near Ohio State University in Columbus, OH – Bryan not only leads the music each Sunday, but also designs worship several times a year. A church member since 2000 and involved in its life on many levels, he credits much of his success to supportive clergy who value music in worship and welcome eclectic styles drawn from many traditions including repertoire gleaned from his role as a musical director for local theatre productions.
Bryan describes The Fellowship as a catalytic resource and an agent for spurring creativity. Its commitment to providing excellent resources for worship leaders is matched by the affirmation provided to members.
A veteran of many convocations, Bryan divides his time there between maintaining a booth as a representative of Beckenhorst Press and sharing in the community of worship leaders at plenary sessions and worship services. Among his most cherished Fellowship memories are the thrill of singing heartily with the United Methodist throng at the Hymn Sing led by Michael Burkhardt at Centenary UMC during The Fellowship’s 2007 convocation, and tears of joy at the 2015 Indianapolis event following the testimony of a gay member who, after years apart from the church, found reconnection, affirmation and joy within the Fellowship community.