About Us

We are Christians embracing God's artistic gifts to create world-transforming worship.

Shawn Gingrich

Immediate Past President

The Immediate Past President meets monthly with the Executive Board and with Working Groups as needed, serves as the chair of the Nominating Committee and as chair and convener of the Past Presidents Council.


Shawn serves as Director of Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church in Hershey, PA, where he directs the choirs and is organist. He also teaches music history, organ, and handbells at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and directs the Hershey Handbell Ensemble, an auditioned community handbell ensemble which he founded in 2004. Shawn holds degrees from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (DWS), Westminster Choir College (MM), and Lebanon Valley College (BM). He served on the worship design team for The Fellowship's national convocation in Pittsburgh in 2013, as handbell clinician at Music and Worship Arts Week in 2014, and currently is on the design team for Music and Worship Arts Week in the handbell area. Shawn and his wife Laura have four children — Peter, Sarah, Christian, and Aaron — and reside in Elizabethtown, PA.

2019-2021 National Board
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