December 6, 2018
Director of Music Ministries Will Young has been granted three months of sabbatical, to be taken in January, June and July of 2019.
“I am deeply grateful to First Pres and the Personnel Committee for its generosity in offering me this time for both educational opportunities and personal rest,” Will said.
The Reverend Pen Peery said this reflects the fact that music is very much a part of the experience of worship.
“Great leadership in worship happens when we have the space to think deeply and faithfully about what worship is and what people need in order to connect to God’s presence,” Pen said.
In January, Will plans a month of travel to observe, learn from and perhaps even participate as a choir member with music departments at churches around the country with programs that are similar to FPC’s in size and scope. During the summer months, he will take time for renewal as well as for further study in the areas of choral conducting, service playing and organ improvisation.
“My gratitude also extends to those who will inevitably be working behind the scenes—the FPC music team and church members—to make sure things carry on in my absence,” Will said.
Existing staff will provide leadership during Will’s time away in January. Guest organist in January will be Ginger Wyrick, music faculty at UNCC.
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