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
[email protected]

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West, Rev. Steve
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
all styles, pianist, choir director


Damon, Dan
226 Nicholl Ave.
Richmond CA 94801
[email protected]
hymnwriter, jazz pianist, travel OK

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


Farmer, Kathy
307 Pebble Valley Place
Dover DE 19904
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
camp meeting, contemporary praise, global music, blended


Eldridge, Matthew
4560 SW Floral Court
Dunnellon, FL 34431
352-465-6339 or
[email protected]

or [email protected]

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
Worship Leader, Audio Engineer, Media Producer.

Sommer, Sue
PO Box 772172
Coral Springs, FL 33077-2172
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]org
camp meeting, traditional, contemporary, Taize, and global


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


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

Hawk, Molly
RR 1 Box 24
Shobonier IL 62885
[email protected]

Helms, Kay
1233 Maple Lane
East Peoria IL 61611
[email protected]
choir workshops and new music

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

McCoy, Matt
1000 N. Randall Rd
Elgin, IL 60123
[email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]


Craig, Daniel R.
1300 Reiter Dr.
Evansville IN 47712
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
cross-cultural worship, piano, organ, synthesizer

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


Burt, Effie
626 Boston Ave.
Waterloo IA 50703
[email protected]
vocal soloist; travel OK

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

Emerson, Melissa A.
7297 32nd Ave, #43
Atkins, IA 52206
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
all styles, tuba, choir director, travel OK


Wortham, Joshua
28 Red Wing Road
Brandenburg KY 40108
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
vocal soloist, classical, traditional, some contemporary, travel OK

Gross, Judy & George
123 Hillcrest Rd.
Pineville LA 71360
[email protected]
[email protected]
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
[email protected] or [email protected]
vocal soloist, trombone, classical & contemporary, piano, guitar, banjo, composer


Deel, Carol A.
[email protected]
contemporary music, vocal soloist, guitar, travel OK

Jentzsch, Karl
Janes UM
Rising Sun, MD
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
organ, piano, choir director, travel OK

Moylan, Debbie
89 Whitney Road
Ashby MA 01431
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
guitar, vocals, singer/songwriter/worship leader; interested in leading creative/lyric/song writer workshops; travel OK


Steffan, Janson Michael
1212 34th Street Cir S, Apt 105
Moorhead, MN 56560
[email protected]
Contemporary worship & praise, traditional hymns, post-modern music. Rock, folk, blues, jazz. Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano & keyboards. Also electric guitar, bass guitar, percussion. Sound & lighting engineer. Video Editing & Graphic Design, Content Creator. Available for tech consultations, songwriting, worship services, camps, workshops, events of any size. Travel is welcome.


Lott , Joey
8745 Goodman Rd. (PO Box 213)
Olive Branch, MS 38654
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
contemporary worship leading and piano; all styles vocal; travel OK

Elliott, Emily
Kansas City, MO
H 816-216-6292
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
organist, soloist, guitar, contemporary or traditional

New York

Martin, Michael R.
Certified Lay Speaker
1519 State Route 86
Saranac Lake NY 12983
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
piano, organ

Scarborough, Saxon
First UMC
PO Box 218
Gastonia NC 28053
[email protected]
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
[email protected] or [email protected]
organ, choir director, piano, travel OK

North Dakota

Steffan, Janson Michael
1212 34th Street Cir S, Apt 105
Moorhead, MN 56560
[email protected]
Contemporary worship & praise, traditional hymns, post-modern music. Rock, folk, blues, jazz. Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano & keyboards. Also electric guitar, bass guitar, percussion. Sound & lighting engineer. Video Editing & Graphic Design, Content Creator. Available for tech consultations, songwriting, worship services, camps, workshops, events of any size. Travel is welcome.


Carter, June
PO Box 720468
Oklahoma City OK 73172
[email protected]
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
[email protected]

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


Collins, B.J.
5800 Shirley Drive
Bethel Park, PA 15012
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
multigenerational, global, guitar, composer, educator, children's music, musicals, Bible story songs, travel OK


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

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

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

Kreiselmaier, Laura Rosser
1405 Winwood Pl.
Nashville TN 37214
615.651.9815 (work/cell)
[email protected]
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)
[email protected]rg
vocal soloist, choral director, varied styles; travel OK

Overton, Rev. Charles E.
First United Methodist Church
200 S. Church St.
Jackson TN 38301
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
all styles, play guitar, travel OK

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


Ferrell, Dr. Scott
[email protected]
all styles, director, vocal soloist

Shepherd, G. W. Dub
3321 W. Park Row Dr.
Arlington TX 76013
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
travel OK; drive within 200 miles; vocal soloist

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


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

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

Matsikenyiri, Patrick
Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr.
Winchester VA 22601
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
all styles, vocal soloist, choir director, drama, worship leader; travel OK


Barber, Dustan
23228 S.R. 9
Mt. Vernon WA 98274
[email protected]
guitar, vocals