Contact Karrie Rushing

Contact Karrie Rushing

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Welcome from the Karrie Rushing, Director of Music

Music is an integral part of ministry at First Presbyterian Church. Whether the congregation is singing a familiar hymn accompanied by the Lewtak Organ, or the reflective notes of the guitar and mandolin flow through the sanctuary during communion, the main purpose of our musical offerings is to support and facilitate worship.

Everyone gets to participate in the “big choir” (a.k.a. congregational singing), but we offer numerous ensembles ranging in age, skill level, and instrument for anyone who would like to contribute further to the music ministry. Explore these pages to see where you might fit in. If you have a love for music and would like to find a way to be a part of the music ministry at First Presbyterian Church, there is a place for you here. All are welcome!

Chancel Choir

Our Chancel Choir provides vocal leadership for the 11am service each week. Our musical selections run the gamut from Bach and Brahms to Traditional Gospel and Spirituals, and everything in-between. The Chancel Choir also typically prepares special musical offerings for Advent and Lent/Easter.

In 2018, members of the FPC Chancel Choir were honored to sing in some of the most beautiful churches and cathedrals in Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest during a tour through Central Europe. There are plans in the works for another tour in 2021 after the pandemic!


There are many ways for instrumentalists to participate in worship and ministry at FPC. The Early Band provides both service music and support for congregational singing during the 8:30am service. On a given Sunday, there may be piano, mandolin, guitar, flute, and bass, or any combination thereof. Often, members who are skilled on a particular instrument may be called on to assist one of the choirs, or to play in worship. We strive to help our congregation find ways to use their gifts and talents in the worship setting.


JAM Choir

Our 2nd-5th graders make up JAM Singers and JAM Ringers. These older students begin to learn more about reading music (both choral and bell music) and learning the skills to be lifelong musicians. Together, we talk about the honor and responsibility of offering our gifts back to God through worship.

Westminster Chimes

For those who enjoy handbells, our Westminster Chimes Bell Choir is comprised of both youth and adults, and provides music for worship services and special events 7-8 times per year. We ring 5 octaves of Schulmerich Bells and 5 octaves of Schulmerich chimes.