We are all still grieving the loss of Doug Heist back in July. His death has hit us very hard. The sanctuary organ has been silent for most of July and August. Session has started the search for a new organist, which will take some time.
In the meantime, we welcome as our interim organist, my good friend Dr. Jason Kissel. Dr. Kissel is the Minister of Music and Organist at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jason has served in musical leadership positions at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA and New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington, PA. He received degrees in sacred music and organ performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (DMA), Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (MM) and Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA (BM).
Jason knew and respected Doug Heist and was saddened by his death. When he learned that we will be looking for an interim, and because we record our services on Saturday mornings while First & Franklin records on Sundays, Jason was eager to help us out. His first Sunday was September 13. Jason has also agreed to help in the search process for a new organist.
Many thanks to Lum Offutt and Stephanie Stevens for their worship leadership at the piano throughout July and August. CPC is blessed to have members— like you—happy to share their talents and gifts in the life of the church. We are truly grateful!