Song Leaders

The following persons are available to lead singing for a variety of gatherings including worship, annual conferences, church revivals, convocations, workshops, and other special meetings. Please contact them directly. Discipleship Ministries does not endorse or recommend anyone on this list. This list is provided as a service to United Methodist churches. The listing is by state and includes related specialty areas or skills reported by the song leader. No information is included here regarding compensation, which is a matter between the church and the song leader.

If you would like to be included in this list, contact:
Jackson Henry, Director of Music Resources
877-899-2780, ext 7073


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West, Rev. Steve
Minister, musician, and hymn writer. Baritone soloist and pianist, specializes in leading singing at spiritual formation events blending various styles. Teaches and leads workshops on worship and spiritual formation and leads events introducing the Upper Room Worshipbook.





Oliver, Rev. Les
all styles, pianist, choir director





Damon, Dan
226 Nicholl Ave.
Richmond CA 94801
hymnwriter, jazz pianist, travel OK


McFee, Marcia
1376 Versailles Ave.
Alameda CA 94501
all styles, vocal soloist, drums, piano, flute, drama, dance, worship workshops, consultation, travel OK





Farmer, Kathy
307 Pebble Valley Place
Dover DE 19904
all styles, vocal soloist, choir director, east coast travel OK

Fields, Fern Annette
Aldersgate UM Church
2313 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
302-478-2575, ext. 16
cell 856-534-8835
camp meeting, contemporary praise, global music, blended





Eldridge, Matthew
4560 SW Floral Court
Dunnellon, FL 34431
352-465-6339 or


Contemporary Praise and Worship Leader — Evangelist, Teacher on modern worship. Songwriter, Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards/piano, bass, harmonica, etc. CD available.


Hall, Jackie
2645 NW 50th Place
Gainesville, FL  32605

Song leader (traditional/blended), Pianist, Choir Director, Arranger (instrumental and vocal), Individual and Choral Vocal Coaching and Performance Preparation, Workshops/Seminars/Consultations (choosing music, worship planning and/or blended worship).  Travel OK.

Immersed Band
213 Freddie St.
Indian Harbour Beach FL 32937
Contact: Jim "Ivy" Iverson
Contemporary worship rock band specializing in youth rallies and retreats, concerts.

Savage, Ben
208 Northampton Circle
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Worship Leader, Audio Engineer, Media Producer.

Sommer, Sue
PO Box 772172
Coral Springs, FL 33077-2172
soloist,evangelist,all kinds of music from hymns to contemporary, praise and worship leader, concerts, retreats, special events: including Sunday morning in pastor's absence. Specializing in women's events, singles ministry, preschool and elementary children's events. Plays guitar. Extensive travel OK.





Bell, Chuck
1962 Grandview Ave., NW
Atlanta GA 30318
all styles of music, strong contemporary worship leader, established praise & worship band or solo gig, piano, keyboards, guitar, vocal soloist, choir director; travel OK

Brewer, Chad and Sherry
Hazlehurst, Ga
available for worship conferences, contemporary and post-modern music genres

Brown, Frieda
East Cobb UMC
2325 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062
camp meeting, traditional, contemporary, Taize, and global





Blake, Vicki
HC 85 Box 318
Bonners Ferry ID 83805
vocal soloist, dancer, choral conductor, flutist, multicultural music, travel OK





Bowman, Mark
5352 N. Kenmore Ave, #3
Chicago IL 60640
piano, guitar, percussion, choral director, focus on global and justice-seeking music

Hawk, Molly
RR 1 Box 24
Shobonier IL 62885

Helms, Kay
1233 Maple Lane
East Peoria IL 61611
choir workshops and new music

Johansen-Werner, Bonnie
1522 Mayfield Ave
Joliet, IL 60435
traditional or classical styles preferred, pianist, organist, choir director, composer, travel OK


McCoy, Matt
1000 N. Randall Rd
Elgin, IL 60123
Founder of
Leads worship for adults, young adults, and youth events; contemporary style worship; travels with full band, or alone


McHaney, Dave
1104 East Oak Street
West Frankfort, IL  62896
Phone:  618-937-6179
Choir Director, Piano, Organ, Orchestra Conductor, All Styles, Vocal Soloist, Hymn Arrangements, Church Choir and Instrumental seminars, and travel OK.

Torbeck, Jacob
2525 Clinton
Vandalia IL 62471
contemporary, play guitar, drums and sing, can play some hymns, travel one hour's distance from Vandalia/Greenville

Werner, Duane H.
506 N William St
Joliet IL 60435





Craig, Daniel R.
1300 Reiter Dr.
Evansville IN 47712
all styles, choral, tin whistle, recorders, vocal soloist, composition, travel OK

Engle, William E.
6809 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis IN 46220-1173
H 317-253-7326
W 317-940-3052
cross-cultural worship, piano, organ, synthesizer

Noland, Terry L.
2245 South Poplar Dr.
Vincennes IN 47591
W 812-882-2220
H 812-886-1351
all styles





Burt, Effie
626 Boston Ave.
Waterloo IA 50703
vocal soloist; travel OK

Cakerice, Myrna
First UMC
516 Kellogg
Ames IA 50010
pianist, organist, choir director, handbell director, travel OK

Emerson, Melissa A.
7297 32nd Ave, #43
Atkins, IA 52206
vocal soloist, all styles, choral director, handbells, composer, french horn, flute, travel OK

Johnson, Bloyce
720 Grand Ave.
West Des Moines IA 50265
515-279-0826 Ext. 217
all styles, tuba, choir director, travel OK





Wortham, Joshua
28 Red Wing Road
Brandenburg KY 40108
W 270-863-2306
H 270-422-1049
blended worship, piano, organ, choral director, hymn arranger, handbells; travel OK





Cooke, Lee
101 Live Oak Blvd
Lafayette LA 70503
337-984-4211, ext 210
vocal soloist, classical, traditional, some contemporary, travel OK

Gross, Judy & George
123 Hillcrest Rd.
Pineville LA 71360
Judy: song leader/George: pianist; all types of music, vocal solos or duets; adult, youth or children; travel OK

Rose, William G.
118 Frazar St
Lake Charles LA 70605
H 337-478-0641
W 337-474-1500 or
vocal soloist, trombone, classical & contemporary, piano, guitar, banjo, composer





Deel, Carol A.
contemporary music, vocal soloist, guitar, travel OK

Jentzsch, Karl
Janes UM
Rising Sun, MD
Contemporary worship leader, vocal soloist, songwriter, keyboards, electric & acoustic guitar, drums, lay speaker. Travel OK.





Josselyn-Cranson, Heather
1714 Commonwealth Ave #3
Brighton MA 02135
organ, piano, choir director, travel OK

Moylan, Debbie
89 Whitney Road
Ashby MA 01431
Piano/keyboard player; singer/songwriter; spirit-led and engaging contemporary style; willing to travel





Babb, Mark R., OSL
2440 Smiley Way
Jackson MI 49203
517-783-3803 or 517-279-8402
piano, organ, keyboard, vocals, able to lead most styles of worship; choral and handbell director, certified in music by UMC, full member deacon, travel OK

Gladstone, Carl Thomas
guitar, vocals, singer/songwriter/worship leader; interested in leading creative/lyric/song writer workshops; travel OK





Lott , Joey
8745 Goodman Rd. (PO Box 213)
Olive Branch, MS 38654
traditional/blended/contemporary, vocal soloist, piano, song leading, choir director; travel OK





Elder, Sarah Jane
2619 State St.
St Joseph MO 64506
H 816-752-0405
W 816-232-2847
contemporary worship leading and piano; all styles vocal; travel OK

Elliott, Emily
Kansas City, MO
H 816-216-6292
All Styles, choir & handbell director, vocal soloist, Taize worship leader/consultant/workshop leader, music-art-drama programs for children, congregational song leader, Multigenerational, hymn sing leader & organizer; willing to travel in the Greater Kansas City area, including Kansas





Merkel, David
PO Box 1134
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
W 816-232-2847
Pastor,  pianist, arranger, vocalist, worship design and leading. Available for special events, worship, workshops, conferences, special event concerts, custom and commissioned arrangements. All work encompasses wide genres of music and worship styles. Travel ok.




New Jersey


Jensen, Judie
21 Livingston Drive
Howell NJ 07731
cell 732-259-1158
organist, soloist, guitar, contemporary or traditional



New York


Martin, Michael R.
Certified Lay Speaker
1519 State Route 86
Saranac Lake NY 12983
Guitar and vocal gospel and praise music, complete praise worship service; weddings & funerals; Upper New York Annual Conference, Northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire travel OK.

Stewart, Scott
331 Leonard Street
Oneida, NY 13421
Experienced Keyboard-Piano-Organ player & Vocalist offering a unique music ministry very uplifting to all attending and besides any standard hymnal, the total Manatha song collections are also possible. Also specializing in custom song arrangements & complete "In Order of Worship" CD recordings for your church. Travel OK.



North Carolina


Christ, Angel
PO Box 1056
Jamestown NC 27282
vocal soloist, all styles of Gospel music, travel OK

Huss, Eddie
PO Box 5289
High Point NC 27262
H 336-886-8390
W 336-884-2204
piano, organ

Scarborough, Saxon
First UMC
PO Box 218
Gastonia NC 28053
comfortable with all styles; tenor soloist; choir director; plays guitar, piano, & cello; can design/direct hymn & choir festivals; travel OK

Weisser, Dr. William J.
228 West Edenton St
Raleigh NC 27603
919-932-7535 or
organ, choir director, piano, travel OK








Carter, June
PO Box 720468
Oklahoma City OK 73172
vocal soloist (baritone/tenor), all styles, contemporary music, gospel, spirituals, praise & worship, travel OK





Bartlett, Laura Jaquith
32865 SE Highway 211
Eagle Creek OR 97022
cell: 541-409-8447

 all styles, pianist, organist, choir director, flute, global, worship planning, travel OK





Collins, B.J.
5800 Shirley Drive
Bethel Park, PA 15012
All styles of music with large contemporary repertoire. Tenor vocalist, keyboardist, music director, worship leader, and composer. Provider of turn-key worship experiences as soloist or a with full band, self-sufficient with sound, lighting, and projection equipment.

Ritchie, Dr. James H.
22 Valerie Circle
Monroeville PA 15146-2918
multigenerational, global, guitar, composer, educator, children's music, musicals, Bible story songs, travel OK





Britt, Dr. Ed
5011 Marchant Dr
Nashville TN 37211
multigenerational, singer, guitar/banjo, composer, concerts, group building, travel OK

Brown, Bob
PO Box 752
Crossville TN 38557
choral, handbells, vocal soloist, guitar, travel OK

Eleazer, Alan
11020 Roane Dr
Knoxville TN 37922
865-966-6728, ext 231
all styles; guitar; vocal soloist; choral director; travel OK

Kreiselmaier, Laura Rosser
1405 Winwood Pl.
Nashville TN 37214
615.651.9815 (work/cell)
concert pianist, soloist, choir director; travel OK

Lock, Rev. Mark G.
454 W Poplar Ave
Collierville TN 38017
901-853-8383, ext 108 (church)
901-850-2080 (home)
vocal soloist, choral director, varied styles; travel OK

Overton, Rev. Charles E.
First United Methodist Church
200 S. Church St.
Jackson TN 38301
choral conducting, vocal soloist, play guitar, global music, traveled to Taizé — experience planning and leading Taizé common prayer; travel OK

Smith, Gary Alan
704 Saddle Trail Ct
Hermitage TN 37076
all styles, play guitar, travel OK

Stewart, Rev. Mark C.
PO Box 128
Arrington TN 37014-0128
vocal soloist, travel OK





Ferrell, Dr. Scott
all styles, director, vocal soloist

Shepherd, G. W. Dub
3321 W. Park Row Dr.
Arlington TX 76013
travel OK; choral/handbell clinician; baritone soloist; revival musician

Smoots, Avis
210 Penland St.
Dallas TX 75224
contemporary, black gospel, vocal soloist, travel OK

Thornburg, John
9553 Atherton Dr.
Dallas TX 75243
travel OK; drive within 200 miles; vocal soloist

Wright, Jim
PO Box 1229
Big Spring, TX 79721-1229
congregational singing — all styles; choir directing & solo; travel OK





Farris, Ann
5114 Woodmere Dr. #203
Centreville VA 20120
vocalist, traditional and contemporary worship & song leader

Dowdy, Roger
2401 Brookmont Ct.
Richmond VA 23233
music/worship consultant, global music, travel OK

Matsikenyiri, Patrick
Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr.
Winchester VA 22601
global & African music, choir director (2004 address: Africa University; Box 1320; Mutare, Zimbabwe; same e-mail address as above)

Springstead, David B., Sr.
5117 Ellesmere Ct
Virginia Beach VA 23464
all styles, vocal soloist, choir director, drama, worship leader; travel OK



Barber, Dustan
23228 S.R. 9
Mt. Vernon WA 98274
guitar, vocals

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