HI, I’m Jo Anne Taylor, pastor of First United Methodist Church in New Ulm, MN. Before God called me to pastor this church, I served as a Worship pastor for Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN. Though I am currently serving a United Methodist congregation, I do so as an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the the Evangelical Covenant Church. My first post – “God sings!” – is a good introduction to my personal theology of music and worship. It tells you a lot about who I am, and who I think God is.
I’m also a singer. I have performed as alto soloist with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Dale Warland Singers, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. Recording credits include solo tracks with the Kansas City Chorale (Nimbus Records: Alleluia, an American Hymnbook; Fern Hill), Rose Ensemble (Season of Angels; Slavic Holiday) and the Dale Warland Singers (Bernstein & Britten). I have taught voice and choral music at every level from preschool to college for more than 25 years.
But all that pales when compared to my calling into ministry. As I made my way through seminary and began to realize that when God asks for our ‘all’ God means all, I began to recognize that everything I ever learned about the art of singing and the practice of teaching applied to ministry. I still sing every day, and I hope you do, too.
I hang out on Twitter sometimes (@pastorsings), if you’d rather interact there than here on the blog.